How to configure mesh for cloud managed SonicWave access points?
03/26/2020 21 7576
With the new wireless solution launch in May 2019, SonicWaves can be configured for mesh in order to allow rapid deployment of a wireless network in where the LAN connectivity is limited.
1) SonicWall SonicWave access points with active subscription license. Any if the following platforms:
- SonicWave 200 series: SonicWave 231c, 224w, 231o
- SonicWave 400 series: SonicWave 432e, 432i, 432o
Question: Can the mesh consist a mix of above platforms?
Answer: Yes, SonicWave 200 or 400 series can be part of the same mesh
2) Mobile device (Apple/Android) with SonicWiFi mobile app version 1.0.8 or newer.
Follow mesh set up best practices for optimum results
Wired connectivity is not available in all areas in the location
Wireless Mesh will provide quick and easy deployment of the wireless network.
Below interactive video demonstrates the steps to configure mesh on three SonicWaves
1) From top right select preferred language
2) Select one of below options
a) Try: to advance through the training one step at a time. Perfect for users who want to try the set up while going through the steps
b) View: To see the steps in a scrollable list format. Helpful if you are looking for a specific step.
c) PDF: To print a step-by-step guide in a PDF format. You can export the PDF
3) Push "Start" button
1 From SonicWiFi app click on menu button
2 Select Mesh Setup Guide
3 Select Create a new network to configure a new mesh network
4 Select the zone in which you want to configure mesh. In the example we are choosing Default location and zone
5 Choose the SSID you want to configure mesh on, SonicWall is the default SSID chosen in this example
6 Update SSID settings by editing the SSID name and PSK passphrase, then click confirm
7 Make sure the mesh gateway access point is powered on, then click confirm
8 Click scan in order to scan the QR code of the mesh gateway access point
9 Phone camera has scanned the qr code. Click continue
10 Mesh Gateway has been successfully configured for mesh. Select Add another SonicWave to add second access point to the mesh network.
11 Find a proper location for the new mesh point, then click continue
12 Make sure the second mesh point access point is powered on, then click confirm
13 Click scan in order to scan the QR code of the second mesh point access point
14 Phone camera has scanned the QR code. Click continue
15 The new mesh point has been successfully configured for mesh. Select Add another SonicWave to add third access point to the mesh network.
16 Find a proper location for the third mesh node, then click continue
17 Make sure the third mesh point access point is powered on, then click confirm
18 Click scan in order to scan the QR code of the third mesh point access point
19 Phone camera has scanned the qr code. Click continue
20 The new mesh point has been successfully configured for mesh. Select Done to complete the mesh configuration set up.
21 Now let's check the configuration to confirm the mesh is up and running.
Click menu to check the status for mesh
22 Click view wifi network
23 Click continue
24 Select the zone to view configuration. In this example, Default Zone
25 Confirm all mesh nodes are up with green status. The network is up and configuration is complete
Here's an interactive tutorial for the visual learners