By default, the access point broadcasts its SSID so that WiFi stations can detect the WiFi name
(SSID) in their scanned network lists. To turn off the SSID broadcast, clear the Enable SSID
Broadcast check box. Turning off the SSID broadcast provides additional WiFi security, but
users must know the SSID to be able to join the WiFi network of the access point.
If you set up a WiFi distribution system (WDS; see Set Up a WiFi Distribution
System on page 56), you must keep the SSID broadcast enabled.
By default, 20/40 MHz coexistence is enabled to prevent interference between WiFi networks
in your environment at the expense of the WiFi speed. If no other WiFi networks are present
in your environment, you can clear the Enable 20/40 MHz Coexistence check box to increase
the WiFi speed to the maximum supported speed. The 20/40 MHz coexistence setting applies
to the 2.4 GHz band only.
This information applies to the 2.4 GHz WiFi network.
If you change the WiFi security, select one of the following WiFi security options for the access point’s WiFi network:
•None. An open WiFi network does not provide any security. Any WiFi device can join the network. We
recommend that you do not use an open WiFi network but configure WiFi security.
•WEP. Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) security is a legacy authentication and data encryption mode that is
superseded by WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK. The WEP option displays only if you select Up to 54 Mbps from
the Mode menu. For information about configuring WEP, see Configure WEP Legacy WiFi Security on page
•WPA2-PSK [AES]. This type of security enables WiFi devices that support WPA2 to join the access point’s
2.4 GHz WiFi network. If you did not change the passphrase, the default passphrase displays. The default
passphrase is sharedseceret. WPA2 provides a secure connection but some older WiFi devices do not detect
WPA2 and support only WPA. If your network includes such older devices, select WPA-PSK [TKIP] +
WPA2-PSK [AES] security.
If you change the passphrase, in the Passphrase field, enter a phrase of 8 to 63 characters. To join the
access point’s WiFi network, a user must enter this passphrase.
•WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES]. This option is the default setting and the default WiFi passphrase is
printed on the access point label (see Access Point Label on page 8). This type of security enables WiFi
devices that support either WPA or WPA2 to join the access point’s 2.4 GHz WiFi network. However, WPA-PSK
[TKIP] is less secure than WPA2-PSK [AES] and limits the speed of WiFi devices to 54 Mbps.
To use this type of security, in the Passphrase field, enter a phrase of 8 to 63 characters. To join the access
point’s WiFi network, a user must enter this passphrase.
•WPA/WPA2 Enterprise. This type of security requires that your WiFi network can access a RADIUS server.
For information about configuring WPA/WPA2 Enterprise, see Configure WPA and WPA2 Enterprise WiFi
Security on page 29.
Manage the Basic WiFi Network Settings
802.11ac Wireless Access Point Model WAC104