Creating a New WLAN

In addition to the initial WLAN you created during the Setup Wizard process, you can create new WLANs using the Wi-Fi Networks section.

  1. To create a new WLAN, expand the Wi-Fi Networks section and click Create.

    Click Create to create a new WLAN

    Creating a new WLAN

  2. Select the WLAN Usage Type from the following options:
    • Standard: Use this WLAN type for most regular wireless network usage.
    • Guest Access: Use this WLAN type for a guest WLAN. Guest access policies and access controls will be applied. For more information, see Guest WLANs.
    • Hotspot Service: Use this WLAN type for a Hotspot (aka, WISPr) WLAN. If Hotspot is used, a Hotspot Service must first be configured on the Admin & Services > Services > Hotspot Service page (or from the Wi-Fi Networks > Create WLAN> Create Service page). For more information, see Hotspot Services.
    • Social Media: Social Media WLANs require the visitor to log in using a social media account before being granted Internet access. For more information, see Social Media WLANs.
  3. Select the Authentication Method to use:
    Note: Unless using an external authentication server (i.e., RADIUS server) select Open authentication, and combine with WPA2 encryption for secure Wi-Fi access.
    • Open: No authentication method is used.
    • 802.1X EAP: Authentication against either the internal database or an external RADIUS server.
    • MAC Address: Authentication using the client's MAC address against an external RADIUS server.
  4. Select the Encryption Method to use:
    • WPA2: Encrypt traffic using the WPA2 standard.
    • None: No encryption; communications are sent in clear text.
  5. Choose whether a Captive Portal will be used for web-based authentication.
  6. If either 802.1X EAP, MAC Address or Web Auth (Captive Portal) options are chosen, select an Authentication Server from the list.
    1. If an external authentication server is to be used rather than the internal database, click Create Service to create an AAA server object to authenticate against.
      Note: Alternatively, you can create AAA servers on the Admin & Services > Services > AAA Servers page. For more information, see AAA Servers.
  7. Click OK to save your changes and deploy the new WLAN.
Note: For advanced WLAN configuration options, see Advanced Configuration Options.