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Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

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How to Configure Wi-Fi Client Connection

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Barracuda NextGen F-Series Firewalls with built-in Wi-Fi can configure the Wi-Fi to act as a Wi-Fi client or Access Point. Configuring the Wi-Fi card as a client allows you to use Wi-Fi networks as a WAN connection.

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Before You Begin

  • Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Network and verify that all configured direct attached routes for the Wi-Fi interfaces are removed or disabled in the routing table.
  • Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Virtual Servers > your virtual server > Server Properties and verify that no Virtual Server IP Addresses from the preconfigured Wi-Fi networks are configured.
  • When configuring several Wi-Fi networks, verify that every Wi-Fi service has its own IP address entered in the Service Properties configuration. This IP address must also exist on the Virtual Server that hosts the Wi-Fi service.

Step 1. Add Wireless Networks

Add the configuration of the wireless network you want to connect to. You can configure more than one wireless network.

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Network.
  2. Click Lock
  3. In the left menu, click Wi-Fi.
  4. Set Wi-Fi Enabled to yes.
  5. From the Location drop-down list, select your country.
  6. From the Wi-Fi Operation Mode drop-down list, select Wireless Client.
  7. Set Standby Mode to no
  8. Select the Network Selection Mode:
    • Explicit Network Selection Use the Selected Network configured below.
    • Opportunistic Network Selection – Select the wireless network configured in the Wireless Networks - Client list with the best signal strength.
  9. Click + to add a wireless network to the Wireless Networks Client list.
  10. Enter a Name.
  11. Click OK. The Wireless Networks window opens.
  12. Enter the Network SSID.
  13. Select the IP Assignment mode:
    • Via DHCP – Use DHCP to receive an IP address.
    • Via explicit config – Manually configure routes and IP address for the interface ath1. For more information, see Routing and How to Configure Virtual Servers.
  14. Configure the Authentication settings to match your wireless network:
    • Authentication Mode
    • 802.11i Security
    • Encryption Mode
    • WPA Preshared Key – Enter the passphrase if WPA Preshared Key is selected as Authentication Mode.
    • EAP Credentials – Click Set to enter the EAP scheme configuration if a WPA EAP authentication mode is used.
    • To use the DNS servers provided by the Access Point, set Use Provider DNS to yes
  15. (IP Assignment via DHCP only) Configure Routing through the DHCP interface to configure a default route and the metric.
  16. Click OK
  17. (Explicit Network Selection Mode only) Select one of the wireless networks you configured in step 1.
  18. Click Send Changes and Activate.

Step 2. Activate the Network Changes

Activate the network configuration with a Failsafe network activation.

For more information, see How to Activate Network Changes.

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