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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 Wi-Fi, the firewall can act as an access point by introducing up to three Wi-Fi services.

Before You Begin

Make sure that you have configured a DHCP service on your firewall. For more information, see How to Configure the DHCP Service.

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.

    Only F280 chips are capable of transmitting more than 16 dBm.

  7. Click Send Changes and Activate.

Step 2. Configure the Wi-Fi Service Properties

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > 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. Add an IP Address from the Wi-Fi Network to the Box Addresses

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Network.
  2. Click Lock.
  3. Click + to add an entry to the Additional Local IPs table. the Additional IPv4 Addresses window opens.
  4. Configure the IP address:
    • Interface – Select the Wi-Fi interface. 
    • IP Address – Enter an IP address from the WiFi network. E.g.,
    • Responds to Ping – Select yes
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Send Changes and Activate.

Step 4. 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 5. Configure the Wi-Fi Security Settings

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > 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 > Services page and 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.