SonicPoint configuration with other wireless router

Posted on 2011-05-01
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I am using Sonicwall NSA2400, it comes with SonicPoint feature to manage SonicPoint device but I do not have one of this SonicPoint device.  Can I use any wireless router such as Linksys or DLink to work with the NSA 2400 and using the SonicPoint feature to manage it?

Question by:KANEWONG
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    No. When you configure an interface with the WLAN zone, that interface will send out a provisioning profile to sonicpoints. This allows you to configure one or more SSIDs allowing multiple sonicpoints act as one access point. Since this provisioning protocol is proprietary to sonicwall hardware, you cannot use the sonicpoint profiles to manage other vendors access points. What you CAN do is create a wireless zone, assign it to an interface, give it a subnet and put your access point(s) on the interface. This would allow you to put stringent firewall rules between the two networks. Otherwise, you'd simply place the access points as wireless bridges on your LAN. To me, the later option is easier to setup but not as secure as firewalling a separate subnet.
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    If put my Linksys wireless router to a separate WLAN zone, this Linksys will be considered another subnet, and connecting the WAN port on Linksys router to one of the X interface on Sonicwall that assigned to WLAN, using a firewall rule to control if this wireless LAN can access to X0 interface on Sonicwall or not, right?
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    also, I am using HA on my SonicWall, if I assigned interface X4 for Linksys router, I guess; I need a switch for connection like this... right

    HA-1 X4 ---> Switch
    HA-2 X4 ---> Switch
    Linksys WAN port ---> Switch
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    On your first point, is the Linksys a wireless router or just an access point? To answer your question, yes, it will be considered on a separate subnet. Since you are assigning the WLAN zone, you can use WLAN<>LAN firewall access rules to control traffic. Also, the default WLAN > LAN access rule is deny.

    On your second point, yes, you'll need a switch to join the Linksys to your HA.

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