SonicOS 7 Internal Wireless

Wireless WDS Station

The wireless appliance provides Internet/network access to another SonicWall wireless device or access point. Selecting Wireless WDS Station as the Radio Role allows secure network communications between physically separate locations, without the need for long and costly Ethernet cabling runs.

The appliance cannot be used as a Wireless WDS Station if a wireless virtual access point is in use.

Wireless Settings

  1. Navigate to DEVICE | Internal Wireless > Settings.

  2. In the Radio Role field, choose Wireless WDS Station from the drop-down menu.

  3. Toggle Wireless Interface as WAN option to use wireless interface as WAN. The default value is not enabled.
  4. Under the Wireless Settings section, toggle Enable WLAN Radio option to enable it. In Wireless WDS Station mode, after the radio is enabled, it acts as a client instead of an access point and does not provide wireless access to the client. The WLAN radio is disabled by default.

  5. Select the following options:

    SSID Is filled with a default value of sonicwall- plus the last four characters of BSSID; for example, sonicwall-C587. The SSID can be changed to any alphanumeric value with a maximum of 32 characters.
    Enable Short Guard Interval Enable this to have a higher Tx/Rx rate if supported. It applies only to 802.11ac/n mode.
    Enable Aggregation Enables 802.11n frame aggregation, which combines multiple frames to reduce overhead and increase throughput. It applies only to 802.11ac/n mode.
    Enable Wireless Client Connectivity Check and Auto Reconnect Periodically checks the wireless client connectivity by pinging a user-defined IP address. In case of lost connection, performs an auto-reconnection.
    Target remote IP to ping

    If you enabled the connectivity check previously, enter a remote IP address to ping.

    Make sure the specified IP address is pingable.

Advanced Radio Settings

To set the Advanced Radio Settings:

  1. Set the Antenna Diversity. The default value is Best.
  2. Select the Transmit Power from the drop-down menu:

    • Full Power sends the strongest signal on the WLAN. For example, select Full Power if the signal is going from building‐to‐building.
    • Half (‐3 dB) is recommended for office‐to‐office within a building.

    • Quarter (‐6 dB) is recommended for short distance communications.

    • Eighth (‐9 dB) is recommended for shorter distance communications.

    • Minimum is recommended for very short distance communications.

  3. Specify the Fragmentation Threshold (bytes). The minimum value can be 256 and the maximum is 2346. The default is set to the maximum.

  4. Set the RTS Threshold (bytes). The minimum is 1 and the maximum is 2346, which also the default.

  5. Click Accept to save the settings.

    You can click Restore Default Settings to return to the factory default settings.

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