Configure Your External Interface as a Wireless Interface

In areas with limited or no existing network infrastructure, you can use your XTM wireless device to provide secure network access. You must physically connect your network devices to the XTM device. Then you configure your external interface to connect to a wireless access point that connects to a larger network.

When the external interface is configured with a wireless connection, the XTM wireless device can no longer be used as a wireless access point. To provide wireless access for users, connect a wireless access point device to the XTM wireless device.

Configure the Primary External Interface as a Wireless Interface

 
  1. Select Network > Wireless.
    The Wireless Configuration page appears.

Wireless configuration page

  1. Select Enable wireless client as external interface.
  2. Click Configure.
    The external interface settings appear.
  3. In the Interface Name (Alias) text box, type a name for this interface.
    The default name is WG-Wireless-Client.
  4. In the Configuration Mode drop-down list, select an option:

Static IP

To use a static IP address, select this option. Type the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway you use to connect to the wireless network.

Wireless configuration page - Network tab

DHCP

To configure the external interface as a DHCP client, select this option. Configure the DHCP client settings.

Wireless Client Configuration - DHCP selected

For more information about how to configure the external interface to use a static IP address or DHCP, see Configure an External Interface.

  1. Select the Wireless tab.
    The wireless client configuration settings appear.

Wireless configuration - Wireless tab

  1. In the Network name (SSID) text box, type the name of the external wireless network this device connects to.
  2. In the Encryption (Authentication) drop-down list, select the encryption and authentication method to use for the wireless connection. We recommend that you use WPA2 if the wireless device you connect to supports it.

For more information about wireless authentication methods, see About Wireless Security Settings.

  1. In the Encryption algorithm drop-down list, select the type of encryption to use for the wireless connection. Add the passphrase or keys required for the type of encryption you select.
  1. Click Save.

Configure a BOVPN tunnel for additional security

To create a wireless bridge and provide additional security, you can add a BOVPN tunnel between your XTM device and the external gateway. You must set the mode to Aggressive Mode in the Phase 1 settings of your BOVPN configuration on both devices.

For information about how to set up a BOVPN tunnel, see About Manual Branch Office VPN Tunnels.

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