WatchGuard AP Device and Wireless Client Connections (Gateway Wireless Controller)

With the Gateway Wireless Controller, you can monitor the connection status and activity on your WatchGuard AP devices. You can also monitor and manage the client connections to your WatchGuard AP devices.

The Gateway Wireless Controller is only available for XTM devices that run Fireware XTM OS v11.7.2 and later.

To monitor the status of your AP device and wireless clients connected to the AP device:

  1. Connect to Fireware XTM Web UI for the XTM device that manages your AP device.
  2. Select Dashboard > Gateway Wireless Controller.
    The Gateway Wireless Controller page appears, with the Summary tab selected.

Screen shot of the Gateway Wireless Controller page, Summary tab

  1. Review the Summary details for the Gateway Wireless Controller, as described in the Summary section.
  2. To see the locations of all AP and wireless devices in the vicinity of your Firebox or XTM device, select the Maps tab.
    For more information about the Maps tab, see Use Gateway Wireless Controller Maps.
  3. To review the status of the AP devices managed by this XTM device, select the Access Points tab.

Screen shot of the Gateway Wireless Controller page, Access Points tab

  1. Complete any necessary tasks related to your AP devices as described in the Access Points section.
  2. To review the status of the clients connected to the AP device, select the Wireless Clients tab.

Screen shot of the Gateway Wireless Controller page, Wireless Clients tab

  1. Complete any necessary tasks related to the connected wireless clients as described in the Wireless Clients section.

Summary

The Summary tab includes basic connection information for your AP devices and clients connected to your AP devices, as well as a list of the top ten connections for each connection category. To see more information for each connection category, you can click the header of each category widget. You can also click any item in any category widget to filter the data on the Summary tab on that item.

You can use the same method available on the Front Panel Dashboard page to see more details about connections on the Gateway Wireless Controller Summary page. To see more details about any of the information in a widget, or to pivot on the details in a widget, simply click a detail in that widget. The information in the widget is updated based on the new selection.

For example, in the Access Points list, if you click AP1, all of the other widgets are filtered to show only Top Users, Top SSIDs, and Top Manufacturers for AP1. You can then click the Top Users widget header to see the full list of users on AP1.

Total Users

This is the number of clients that are currently connected to an AP device managed by this XTM device. More detail about client connections is available on the Wireless Clients tab.

Total Bytes

The total amount of data in bytes sent and received by the connected clients.

Bytes Sent

The total amount of data in bytes sent by the connected clients.

Bytes Received

The total amount of data in bytes received by the connected clients.

Online Access Points

This is the number of AP devices managed by this XTM device that are currently online and available for use.

Offline Access Points

This is the number of AP devices managed by this XTM device that are currently not online and are unavailable for use.

Available SSIDs

This is the number of SSIDs currently configured on your AP devices. You can have many SSIDs configured for each AP device.

For more information about SSIDs for AP devices, see Configure WatchGuard AP Device SSIDs.

Access Point Firmware Available

This section includes information about the versions of firmware available for your AP100 and AP200 devices. You can use these versions of firmware to update the firmware on your AP devices, if the version of firmware on your devices is outdated.

Top Users

This is the list of connected users that use the most bandwidth. For each user, the MAC Address, bytes sent, bytes received, and total number of bytes appear.

Top Access Points by Bytes

This is the list of the connected AP devices that use the most bandwidth. For each AP device, the name of the AP device, bytes sent, bytes received, total number of bytes, and number of connected users appear.

Top Access Points by User

This is the list of the connected AP devices with the most connected users. For each AP device, the name of the AP device, bytes sent, bytes received, total number of bytes, and number of connected users appear.

Top SSID by Bytes

This is the list of the SSIDs that use the most bandwidth. For each SSID, the name of the AP device, bytes sent, bytes received, total number of bytes, and number of connected users appear.

Top SSID by Users

This is the list of the SSIDs with the most connected users. For each SSID, the name of the AP device, bytes sent, bytes received, total number of bytes, and number of connected users appear.

Top Manufacturers by Bytes

This is the list of the manufacturers for the connected AP devices that use the most bandwidth. For each AP device, the name of the AP device, bytes sent, bytes received, total number of bytes, and number of connected users appear.

Top Manufacturers by Users

This is the list of the manufacturers of the wireless interfaces on the connected AP devices with the most connected users. This might not be the manufacturer of the AP device.

For each AP device, the name of the AP device, bytes sent, bytes received, total number of bytes, and number of connected users appear.

Access Points

On the Access Points tab, you can see all of the AP devices that are managed by this XTM device. For each AP device, this information appears:

Name

This is the unique, friendly name you assign to the AP device when you add or edit an Access Point in the Gateway Wireless Controller configuration settings.

Status

In this column, the current status of each AP device paired with this XTM device appears.

SSIDs

This column shows the name of each SSID you have configured for the AP devices paired with this XTM device.

For more information about SSIDs for AP devices, see Configure WatchGuard AP Device SSIDs.

IP Address

This is the IP address assigned to the AP device.

Radio 1

This column shows the radio frequency and channel that the AP device Radio 1 uses.

For more information about radio settings, see Configure AP Device Radio Settings.

Radio 2

If your AP device has two radios, this column shows the radio frequency and channel that the AP device Radio 2 uses.

For more information about which AP devices have dual radios, see About AP Device Configuration.

Version

This is the firmware version on the AP device.

Model

This is the model number for the AP device.

For more information about the available AP device models, see About AP Device Configuration.

LiveSecurity

The LiveSecurity activation status for this AP device.

Uptime

The amount of time the AP device has been online.

For each AP device in the Access Points list, you can complete these tasks:

Site Survey

To detect other active wireless access points in the same area, you can complete a site survey.

For more information about how to perform a site survey, see the Perform a Site Survey section in the topic Monitor AP Device Status.

Log Messages

To see the syslog log messages generated by an AP device, select the AP device and click Log Messages.

Network Statistics

To see a report of network statistics information from the AP device, click Network Statistics. The network statistics report includes interface statistics (names, MAC and IP addresses, and traffic counters), routing table details, and ARP table details for the AP device.

Flash Power LED

To make the power LED on the AP device flash, click Flash Power LED.
The LED flashes for several minutes.

This is helpful when you need to identify a specific AP device, particularly if you use the Disable LEDs option to operate your AP device in stealth mode to hide the use of wireless activity.

Restart Wireless

To restart the wireless interfaces on the AP device, from the Access Points list, select the AP device and click Restart Wireless.
All wireless interfaces on the selected AP device immediately restart.

This is helpful if there is wireless interference on the current wireless channel and you want to use auto-selection to switch to another channel, but do not want to reboot the device.

Reboot 

To restart an AP device, from the Access Points list, select the AP device and click Reboot.

Offline appears in the Status column for an AP device while it reboots. When the AP device reboot is complete, Online appears in the Status column.

Upgrade

To upgrade the firmware on an AP device, from the Access Points list, select the AP device and click Upgrade.

For more detailed procedures related to the tasks you can complete when you monitor your AP devices, see Monitor AP Device Status.

Wireless Clients

On the Wireless Clients tab, you can see a list of the client devices that are connected to your AP devices.

Filter By AP

To sort the list of connected client devices by the AP device that each client is connected to, select an option from the Filter By AP drop-down list. The options include All and the name of each AP device paired with this XTM device.

Filter By SSID

To sort the list of connected client devices by the SSID that each client is connected to, select an option from the Filter By SSID drop-down list. The options include All and the name of each SSID that is configured on your AP devices paired with this XTM device.

MAC Address

This is the MAC address assigned to the client device.

SSID

This is the name of the SSID that the client is connected to.

Access Point

This is the name of the AP device that the client is connected to.

Radio

This column shows the radio channel on the AP device that is in use by the wireless client.

Sent

This is the amount of data that the client device has sent while connected to the AP device.

Received

This is the amount of data that the client device has received while connected to the AP device.

Last Activity

This is the date and time that the client device last sent or received data through the AP device.

Disconnect Client

To disconnect a client from an AP device, from the Wireless Clients list, select the client and click Disconnect Client.

For more detailed procedures related to the tasks you can complete when you monitor Wireless Clients, see Monitor Wireless Clients.

See Also

Configure AP Devices in the Gateway Wireless Controller

Wireless Access Point Types

Use Gateway Wireless Controller Maps

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