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SBG6700-AC (v8.6.x): WPA-PSK Wireless Setup (Guest Network)

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How do I configure my SBG6700-AC for a WPA-PSK wireless connection?
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The SBG6700-AC includes several options for securing the wireless LAN (WLAN).  WPA (WiFi Protected Access) -PSK (Pre Shared Key) provides the best data protection and access control.

The SBG6700-AC supports 2.4GHz and 5.0 GHz Wi-Fi frequencies simultaneously.  Each frequency has it's own SSID (Service Set Identification), which is the name given to the wireless network of the SBG6700-AC The 2.4 GHz frequency supports 802.11 b/g/n wireless clients, while the 5.0 GHz frequency supports 802.11n wireless clients only.  802.11n devices will generally perform better in the 5GHz range.

The SBG6700-AC also allows for a wireless guest network (in addition to a wireless primary network).  The guest network provides access to the Internet, and also includes an option to prevent devices from communicating with primary wireless and wired connected client devices.

The Guest Network is disabled by default. This document describes how to configure the Guest Network to use WPA-PSK wireless encryption for the 2.4 GHz and/or 5 GHz wireless network.

NOTE : Older wireless client cards may not support WPA or WPA2 encryption methods.  If a wireless card is not compatible with WPA or WPA2, either the gateway will need to be configured to use WEP encryption, or the wireless card will need to be replaced with a newer card that is compatible with WPA or WPA2 encryption.


To Configure WPA-PSK

  1. Launch a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari. Enter http://192.168.0.1 into the address box, and press the Enter key.  The Login page appears.

    NOTE: By default the LAN IP address is 192.168.0.1. If the default address has been changed, enter the custom address in the address box.
     
  2. On the Login page:
    a.   Enter admin in the Username field.
    b.   Enter password in the Password field.
    c.   Click the Login button. The Home page appears.

    Right click on the image to save it to your computer.
     
  3. On the Home page, click on Manage Guest Network.  The Wireless - Guest Networks page appears.

    Right click on the image to save it to your computer.
     
  4. On the Wireless - Guest Networks:
    a.   Select the desired frequency tab to modify (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz).

    NOTE 1: Choosing the Wireless Interface only determines which frequency settings are desired to be modified.  The 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies are already enabled simultaneously by default.

    NOTE 2: The 2.4 GHz frequency supports 802.11 b/g/n wireless clients, while the 5.0 GHz frequency supports 802.11n wireless clients only.  802.11n devices will generally perform better in the 5GHz range.

    NOTE 3: In this example, the 2.4 GHz frequency has been selected to modify.


    b.   Guest Network - Click the drop-down tab and select Enabled.
    c.   Guest Network Name (SSID) - Change this setting to the desired name, or leave at the current setting. 
    d.   Wireless Security - Click the drop-down tab and select WPA2-PSK + WPA-PSK.

    NOTE: Enable WPA-PSK for backward compatibility, WPA2-PSK for maximum security, or both for maximum interoperability.  In the example below, both WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK are enabled.

    e.   Encryption - Click on the drop-down menu, and select TKIP+AES.  

    NOTE: Select AES for maximum security, or TKIP+AES for maximum interoperability.  In the example below, TKIP+AES is enabled. 

    f.   Passphrase - Enter the desired WPA key (wireless password) to use.  The WPA key must be 8 - 63 characters. 

    NOTE:  Check the Show Passphrase box if it is desired to view the key.

    g.   Click the Apply button.

    Right click on the image to save it to your computer.
      

The SBG6700-AC is now configured to allow wireless client connections using WPA-PSK encryption. 

To make a connection, the wireless client must have WPA-PSK or WPA-PSK2 encryption enabled and have the same WPA encryption key as the Motorola Wireless Gateway.  For assistance with the wireless client,

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