An access point is a thing that connects multiple users to a network wirelessly. Usually, an access point is attached through a LAN wire thus providing an intermediate connection between wireless and wired network.
There are different brands of access points that are available in the market like Cisco etc., the choice of selecting your access point depends on your specification.
I will demonstrate the tutorial by using an access point of the Engenius model no# EWS370AP and its controller Ez master. My access point is attached to the controller so when configuring for the first you have to do it from the access point itself.
When you use different products the interface might change for all but the basic engineering remains the same. Now let’s get started.
- Physically power up the access point and enter the assigned IP address in any browser. Enter username and password, it will give a display somewhat like this.
2. Go to general settings and assign a name to your AP that the user will see when looking up for signals, Set the username and password for accessing for AP through LAN.
Now assign static IP to the AP, subnet mask and default gateway for the traffic to fetch from LAN network and pass through.
3. In the wireless Radio settings keep the channels and transmit the power on auto, this has a benefit of adjusting itself when a fluctuation occurs.
4. Since I have physically attached the wire to 2.4GHz port so here I will select 2.4GHz and assign an SSID and password.
This is the same username and password that the end user will enter on his/her device. Select securityWPA2/PSK TKIP+AES and skip 5 GHz settings.
5. Jump on to Guest network settings, as a guest setting is a security feature of access points that allows creating a separate, temporary or a guest network for the devices connected to it thus providing security.
Also select a manual IP range here so that it gives the limit of no users being connected to the network. Enter the WAN address a well.
6. Go to advanced setting and generally keep it like that, and then click “Apply”.
Note: You should only configure that radio network i.e., 2.5 GHz or 5GHz on whose port you have attached the LAN cable physically. If you have connected on 2.5GHz then configure only for that Radio network while skipping the 5GHz network.