Protect WatchGuard Networks and Third-Party Networks with WIPS

With WIPS, you can protect both WatchGuard AP networks and also third-party AP networks.

WatchGuard Wi-Fi Network Protection

The patented WIPS security protection in WatchGuard APs and Wi-Fi Cloud can protect Wi-Fi networks in which all APs deployed on the network are WatchGuard APs. WatchGuard APs are categorized in Wi-Fi Cloud as Authorized APs and automatically protected, while other APs in the airspace are detected as rogue or external neighbor access points and blocked.

  • We recommend you deploy at least one dedicated WIPS sensor for every 3-5 Wi-Fi access points, depending on the physical environment and signal attenuation.
    • Place your WIPS sensors to provide full coverage over your Wi-Fi airspace, but do not install them too close to your existing APs to avoid interference.
    • Make sure there is some overlap in the coverage area so that at least two sensors are active in the same area in the event of multiple threats.

    Diagram of WatchGuard APs protected by a WatchGuard WIPS Sensor

    • Tri-radio models have a third radio as a dedicated WIPS sensor and offer dedicated 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi access on the other two radios.
    • Dual-radio models offer 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi access. You can also configure a dual-radio AP as a dedicated WIPS sensor where both radios are dedicated to security scanning and do not broadcast Wi-Fi.

    Third-Party Wi-Fi Network Protection (WIPS Overlay)

    Secure Wi-Fi and Total Wi-Fi management subscriptions also enable you to use WatchGuard APs as dedicated WIPS sensors in a third-party AP and Wi-Fi controller environment.

    WatchGuard WIPS sensors are dedicated to WIPS security protection and monitor, detect, and prevent security threats in all third-party AP networks. WIPS can protect APs from any vendor.

    Diagram of third-party APs protected by WatchGuard WIPS sensors

    • We recommend you deploy one WatchGuard WIPS sensor for every 3-5 third-party APs, depending on the physical environment and signal attenuation.
    • Use dual-radio APs, such as the AP125, configured as dedicated WIPS sensors for WIPS overlay deployments. Dedicated WIPS sensors do not provide Wi-Fi access which is not required when protecting third-party AP networks.
    • Third-party APs must be classified in Wi-Fi Cloud as Authorized APs before they can be protected by WIPS. You can upload lists of authorized third-party AP MAC addresses to Wi-Fi Cloud. For more information, see Import Device List.
    • In addition, Wi-Fi Cloud offers direct integration with Aruba and Cisco wireless controllers to import AP information with an AP420 in Cloud Integration Point (CIP) mode. For more information, see Wi-Fi Cloud Integration with Third-Party Controllers using CIP.