Cisco Aironet 1040 Series - Standalone, with Guest Access

Posted on 2013-01-15
Last Modified: 2013-03-08
Hi All,

I'm going to purchase a Cisco Aironet for a small business.  I'd really like to enable "Guest Access" so that I may provide visitors Internet access without accessing our corporate network.  Can I provide Guest Access to visitors and provide access to internal resources for their staff with one Aironet 1040 series standalone (w/o controller) ?
Question by:polaris101
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by:Ken Boone
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Yes you can but its a two part deal. Basically from the AP perspective you will have it trunked to 2 vlans.  1 being corporate users and the other being guest users. You will then have 2 SSIDs set up on the AP.  The SSID will then be mapped to the appropriate vlan. So that is what is done at the AP level.

The second part is what you need to do with the vlan/firewall setup for the "guest" network.
 At that point its up to you what you do with it.  So once you have a corporate wireless user they can get to anything because you bridged it over to the corporate vlan.  The guest vlan though typically would go straight to a port on your firewall bypassing the internal network.  Then the firewall would provide the internet access.

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ID: 38780149
Thanks for the help.  Do you know if you have to have a RADIUS server with the 1140 series if I choose WPA for authentication ?
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Ken Boone earned 500 total points
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If you use WPA/WPA2 enterprise then you will need a back end authentication server if you use WPA/WPA Personal then you just need to set a pre-shared key. You can do either.  You don't need radius if you are going to go with a pre shared key.

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