Use the WatchGuard Access Point Web UI

To see basic information about your WatchGuard Access Point (AP) device and manage some of the settings for the AP device, you can connect directly to the WatchGuard Access Point web UI. From the Access Point web UI, you can:

Because you manage the configuration, passphrases, and firmware updates for your paired WatchGuard AP device from the Gateway Wireless Controller on the XTM device, it is not often necessary to use the WatchGuard Access Point web UI to directly manage the configuration of your AP device.

Connect to the WatchGuard Access Point Web UI

Before you can connect your computer directly to the WatchGuard AP device for the first time, you must change the network settings on your computer to enable your computer to get access to the AP device. You can then connect to the AP device to manage the AP device settings. If you change the network settings on the AP device and later want to connect directly to the AP device again, you must configure your computer to use an IP address and gateway in the same network range as the IP address you set for the AP device.

Connect to an Access Point Directly Connected to Your Computer

To directly connect to the WatchGuard Access Point web UI on an AP device that uses factory default settings:

  1. Configure your computer to use these network settings:
  2. Connect your computer directly to the AP device with an Ethernet cable.
  3. Open a web browser and go to https://192.168.1.1.
    The WatchGuard Access Point web UI login page appears.

Screen shot of the Access Point web UI login page

  1. In the Passphrase text box, type the passphrase for the AP device. The default passphrase is wgwap.
  2. Click Login.
    The WatchGuard Access Point Web UI appears, with the Access Point Status page selected.

You can now monitor and manage the settings for your AP device, as described in the subsequent sections.

Connect to an Access Point On Your Network

Depending on the location of your computer and the Access Point on the network, you might need to add an HTTPS policy to allow connections to the AP device from another network. For more information, see Add an HTTPS Policy for Access Point Web UI Connections.

Before you begin, make sure you have the IP address of the AP device.

To connect to the WatchGuard Access Point web UI for an AP device that is connected to your XTM device:

  1. Open a web browser and go to https://<AP device IP address>.
    The WatchGuard Access Point web UI login page appears.
  2. In the Passphrase text box, type the passphrase for the AP device.
    For a paired AP device, the passphrase is the WatchGuard AP Passphrase configured in the Gateway Wireless Controller settings on the XTM device. For more information, see Configure Gateway Wireless Controller Settings.
  3. Click Login.
    The WatchGuard Access Point Web UI appears, with the Access Point Status page selected.

You can now monitor and manage the settings for your AP device, as described in the subsequent sections.

Verify the Current AP Device Settings

On the Access Point Status page, you can verify the current network settings, model information, firmware version, and serial number for the AP device. You can also revert to the factory default settings for your AP device.

When you connect to your AP device, the Access Point Status page is selected by default.

To go to the Access Point Status page and review the AP device settings:

  1. From the left navigation menu, select Status.
    The Access Point Status page appears.

Screen shot of the Access Point web UI Status page

  1. Review the current settings for your AP device.

To reset your AP device to the factory default settings:

On the Access Point Status page, click Reset to Factory Defaults.

Manage Network Settings

By default, your AP device uses DHCP to automatically receive an IP address from your network. When you configure your AP device, you can continue to use DHCP to automatically configure the network settings, or you can use a static IP address and manually configure the network settings. To help you easily identify the AP device, you can also specify a friendly device name for the AP device.

  1. From the left navigation menu, select Settings.
    The Network Settings page appears.

Screen shot of the Network Settings page

  1. Select an option:
  2. If you select Static, in the IP Network Setting section, type the network configuration settings for the AP device.
  3. To specify a VLAN, in the VLAN ID text box, type the VLAN number.
  4. To specify a friendly name for the AP device, in the Device Name text box, type a name for the AP device.
  5. To enable SSH for technical support access, select the Enable Sshd text box.
  6. Click Save.

Change the Access Point Passphrase

All AP devices use the same passphrase by default: wgwap. The passphrase is changed automatically when you pair the AP device with an XTM device. We recommend that you do not use the WatchGuard Access Point web UI to change the AP device passphrase. If you use the WatchGuard Access Point web UI to change the AP device passphrase, you must use this as the pairing passphrase for this AP device in the Gateway Wireless Controller on the XTM device. For more information, see About AP Device Passphrases.

  1. From the left navigation menu, select Passphrase.
    The Local passphrase page appears.

Screen shot of the Local Passphrase page

  1. In the Current passphrase text box, type the current passphrase for your AP device.
    If you have never changed the passphrase before, type the default passphrase, wgwap.
  2. In the New passphrase and Confirm new passphrase text boxes, type the new passphrase to use for the AP device.
  3. Click Save.

Upgrade the AP Device Firmware

When you manage your WatchGuard AP device with the Gateway Access Controller on your XTM device, by default, the firmware on your AP device is automatically updated when a new version is available to the controller on the XTM device. You can also choose to manually upgrade the firmware on your AP device from the Access Point web UI, if a firmware update for the AP device is available on the WatchGuard Software Downloads page. Before you can upgrade your AP device to a new version of firmware, you must have saved the firmware image to the computer connected to your AP device.

  1. From the left navigation menu, select Firmware Upgrade.
    The Firmware Upgrade page appears.

Screen shot of the Firmware Upgrade page

  1. Click Browse to select the firmware image file.
    The firmware image file path appears in the Firmware Location text box.
  2. Click Upgrade.

The AP device power LED will flash red while the device is upgraded. Do not interrupt the power to the AP device while the firmware upgrade is in progress. Interruption of power during a firmware upgrade can cause the AP device to start in failsafe mode. When the AP device is in failsafe mode, the Access Point web UI provides a single option that enables you to upgrade the device firmware. For more details about AP device failsafe mode and recovery, see the WatchGuard Knowledge Base.

Save or Revert Configuration Changes

If you have made changes to the AP device configuration that have not yet been implemented, you can choose to save your changes and apply them to the AP device, or revert the changes so they are not applied to the AP device.

  1. From the left navigation menu, select Save/Reload:0.
    The Save/Reload page appears.

Screen shot of the Save/Reload page

  1. To apply changes and save them to the AP device configuration, select a change from the Unsaved changes list and click Save & Apply.
  2. To revert a change, select a change from the Unsaved changes list and click Revert.

See Also

Wireless Access Point Types

About AP Device Configuration

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