A Wireless VAP deployment requires several steps to configure. The following section provides a brief overview of the steps involved:
Network Zone - The network zone is the backbone of your VAP configuration. Each zone you create has its own security and access control settings, and you can create and apply multiple zones to a single physical interface using wireless subnets. For more information on network zones, refer to the section OBJECT | Match Objects > Zones in SonicOS7 Match Objects administration guide.
Wireless Interface - The W0 interface (and its WLAN subnets) represent the physical connections between your SonicWall network security appliance and the internal wireless radio. Individual zone settings are applied to these interfaces and forwarded to the wireless radio. For more information on wireless interfaces, refer to the section on NETWORK | System > Interfaces in the SonicOS7 System administration guide.
DHCP Server - The DHCP server assigns leased IP addresses to users within specified ranges, known as Scopes. The default ranges for DHCP scopes are often excessive for the needs of most wireless deployments, for instance, a scope of 200 addresses for an interface that only uses 30. Because of this, DHCP ranges must be set carefully in order to ensure the available lease scope is not exhausted. For more information on setting up the DHCP server, refer to the section on NETWORK | System > DHCP Server in the SonicOS7 System administration guide.
Virtual Access Point Profiles - The VAP Profile feature allows for creation of wireless configuration profiles which can be easily applied to new wireless Virtual Access Points as needed. Refer to Virtual Access Point Profiles for more information.
Virtual Access Point - The VAP Objects feature allows for setup of general VAP settings. SSID and wireless subnet name are configured through VAP Settings. Refer to Virtual Access Point Objects for more information.
Virtual Access Point Group - The VAP Group feature allows for grouping of multiple VAP objects to be simultaneously applied to a single internal wireless radio. Refer to Virtual Access Point Groups for more information.
Assign VAP Group to Internal Wireless Radio- The VAP Group is applied to the internal wireless radio and made available to users through multiple SSIDs. Refer to Enabling the Virtual Access Point Group for more information.