Enabling DPSK for a WLAN

To enable DPSK for a WLAN:

  1. Expand the Wi-Fi Networks section, and click Create (or Edit an existing WLAN).
  2. Select Standard for Usage Type, and either Open/WPA2 for Authentication and Encryption method, or 802.1X EAP for authentication against an external RADIUS server.
  3. Click Show advanced options, then select the Zero-IT & DPSK tab.
  4. Next to Dynamic PSK, enable the check box next to Enable Dynamic PSK with ___ character passphrase, and enter a PSK passphrase length (between 8 and 62 characters).
  5. Choose whether to use Secure DPSK or Mobile Friendly DPSK.
    • Secure DPSK: Includes almost all printable ASCII characters, including periods, hyphens, dashes, etc. This option is more secure, however it is difficult to input for mobile clients whose keyboards may not contain the entire set of printable ASCII characters.
    • Mobile Friendly DPSK: Choose this option if this WLAN will be used for mobile clients. This option limits the range of characters to lower case and upper case letters and numbers, which makes it easier for users to input the DPSK when activating a mobile client to a Zero-IT WLAN. (You may also want to limit the DPSK length to 8 characters for the convenience of your mobile client users.)
  6. Expire DPSK: Set when the DPSK should expire. In Validity period, choose whether the DPSK expiration period will start from first use or creation time.
  7. Limit DPSK: By default each authenticated user can generate multiple DPSKs. Select this option to limit the number of DPSKs each user can generate (1-4).
  8. Click OK to save your changes.
This WLAN is now ready to authenticate users using Dynamic Pre-Shared Keys once their credentials are verified against either the internal database or an external AAA server.

Zero-IT and DPSK configuration settings for a WLAN

Note: For information on DPSK management and batch generation, see Dynamic PSK.