About Firebox and XTM Wireless Device Configuration

WatchGuard offers two types of wireless devices that you can use separately or together to add secure wireless access points to your network: a WatchGuard XTM wireless device and a WatchGuard Access Point device.

A WatchGuard XTM wireless device

A WatchGuard Access Point device

The configuration options and setup procedures for these two types of access point devices are different.

WatchGuard XTM wireless device

You can enable up to three wireless access points on a WatchGuard XTM or Firebox wireless device. The settings to configure a WatchGuard XTM wireless device are in the Network > Wireless menu.

The steps to enable and configure wireless interfaces on a WatchGuard XTM or Firebox wireless device are described in this section.

WatchGuard Access Point (AP) device

You can connect multiple WatchGuard AP devices to the trusted or optional network of an XTM device, and manage them from any wired or wireless XTM device. You configure the Gateway Access Controller on your XTM device to manage the WatchGuard AP devices.

The settings to configure WatchGuard AP devices are in the Network > Gateway Wireless Controller menu.

For more information, see About AP Device Configuration.

Enable Wireless on a Firebox or XTM Wireless Device

When you enable the wireless feature of your Firebox or XTM wireless device, you can configure the external interface to use wireless, or you can configure the device as a wireless access point for users on specified networks. You can enable wireless clients to connect to the wireless device as part of the trusted network or part of the optional network. You can also use a custom network to enable a wireless guest services network for your device, or use bridge or VLAN networks in your wireless configuration.

Wireless networking on Firebox or XTM wireless devices is not supported when the device is in Drop-In mode (Fireware XTM OS v11.9 and later).

Before you set up wireless network access, see Before You Begin.

Before you can enable the wireless feature on your Firebox or XTM Device, you must get the feature key for your device. For more information, see About Feature Keys.

Wireless Settings in Fireware XTM OS v11.8.x and v11.9.x

Wireless functionality for Fireware XTM OS v11.8.x and older is different than for Fireware XTM OS v11.9.x and later.

Enable Wireless to Your Networks

For devices that run Fireware XTM OS v11.8.x or older, you can enable wireless settings for the trusted or optional networks. For more information, see Enable Wireless Connections (Fireware XTM OS v11.8.x and Lower)

If your device runs Fireware XTM OS v11.9 and later, you can enable wireless settings for the trusted, optional, VLAN, bridge, or custom networks. For more information, see Enable Wireless Connections (Fireware XTM OS v11.9.x and Higher).

Enable a Wireless Guest Network

For devices that run Fireware XTM OS v11.8.x or older, a wireless access point is reserved for guest wireless usage. For more information, see Enable a Wireless Guest Network (Fireware XTM OS v11.8.x and Lower).

In Fireware XTM v11.9 and later, this wireless access point is called Access Point 3. You can configure any access point as a wireless guest network. For more information, see Enable a Wireless Guest Network (Fireware XTM OS v11.9.x and Higher).

Enable Wireless

To enable the wireless feature on your XTM device:

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

Screen shot of the Wireless page

  1. Select the Enable Wireless check box.
  2. Select a wireless configuration option:

Enable wireless client as external interface

Select this option to configure the external interface of the XTM wireless device to connect to a wireless network. This is useful in areas with limited or no existing network infrastructure.

For more information, see Configure Your External Interface as a Wireless Interface.

Enable wireless access points

Select this option to configure the XTM wireless device as an access point for users on specified networks.

For more information, see Wireless Device Configuration Options.

  1. In the Radio Settings section, select your wireless radio settings.

For more information, see About Wireless Radio Settings.

  1. To enable the device to scan for untrusted wireless access points, select the Enable rogue access point detection check box.

For more information, see Enable Rogue Access Point Detection.

  1. Click Save.

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