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Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

How to Configure a Wi-Fi Network

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For CloudGen Firewall F-Series models equipped with WiFi, the firewall can act as an access point by introducing up to three WiFi services.

Step 1. Enable the Wi-Fi Network

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Network.
  2. In the left menu, expand Configuration and select Wi-Fi.
  3. Select yes from the Wi-Fi Enabled list.
  4. From the Location list, select your location.
  5. From the Channel list, select the desired channel.
  6. From the Transmission Power list, select the applicable transmission power level.

    Do not select the highest transmission power level for the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall F101 unless it is located in a cool and well ventilated location.

  7. Click Send Changes and Activate.

Step 2. Configure the Wi-Fi Service Properties

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Virtual Servers > your virtual server > Assigned Services > Wi-Fi > Service Properties.
  2. Click Lock.
  3. In the Service Definition section, select yes from the Enable Service list.
  4. In the Description field, enter an optional description of the Wi-Fi service.
  5. Click Send Changes and Activate.

Step 3. Configure a Direct Attached Route for the Wi-Fi Network

If your LAN and Wi-Fi connections are in two different networks, configure a default route for the Wi-Fi LAN by completing the following steps: 

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box >Network.
  2. In the left menu, expand Configuration and click Routing.
  3. Click Lock.
  4. In the Main Routing Table section, add a new entry to the Routes table.
  5. Enter a Name for the route. The Routes configuration window opens.
  6. In the Target Network Address field, enter the WiFi network address. E.g.,
  7. From the Route Type list, select directly attached network.
  8. From the Interface Name list, select the interface the network is attached to. E.g., ath0
  9. Click OK.
  10. Click Send Changes and Activate.

Step 4. Add an IP address from the WiFi network to the Virtual Server IP Addresses

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Virtual Servers > your virtual server > Server Properties.
  2. Click Lock.
  3. Click + to add an entry to the Additional IP table. the Additional IP window opens.
  4. Configure the IP address:
    • Additional IP – Enter an IP address from the WiFi network. E.g.,
    • Reply to Ping – Select yes
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Send Changes and Activate.

Step 5. Activate the Network Configuration

  1. Go to CONTROL > Box.
  2. In the left menu, expand Network and click Activate new network configuration
  3. When the activation window opens, select Failsafe as the activation mode.
  4. When the Activation Succeeded window opens, click OK.

Step 6. Configure the Wi-Fi Security Settings

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Virtual Servers > your virtual server > Assigned Services > Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi AP Configuration.
  2. Click Lock
  3. In the Network Name (SSID) field, enter the network name.
  4. In the Preshared Key (PSK) table, click + to add a new entry. The Preshared Key (PSK) Combination window opens.
  5. In the New field, enter a new password. 
  6. In the Confirm field, re-enter the new password. 
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click Send Changes and Activate

After completing the configuration, go to the CONTROL > Network page and verify that the Wi-Fi interface is available. If the interface is available, a green square is displayed next to its name.


If the Wi-Fi interface is not available (indicated by a red square),

  1. Verify that you completed all the configuration steps.
  2. Make sure that the system is up-to-date with firmware patches.

If the Wi-Fi interface is still not available after completing these two steps, reboot the system:

  1. Open the CONTROL > Box page.
  2. In the left menu, expand Operating System and click Reboot Box.
  3. After rebooting the system, go to the CONTROL > Server page and check the Server Status table to make sure that the service is running.
  4. To restart the service, right-click it in the table and and click Restart Service.

If Wi-Fi still is not enabled, contact Barracuda Networks Technical Support.

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