Jul 26, 2011

How do I set up a guest wifi network?

My company would like to set up a wifi network just for visitors to use which should be segmented off our local network for security purposes. How do I do this?

Open router settings and go to wireless settings. Here you need to go wireless security and enable guest network with desire wifi password.
While connected to your wireless network, open up your router’s settings by typing in the address bar of any web browser. Log in with your admin username and password (you should have created these when you initially set up your router. If you have forgotten this information, you will need to reset your device and log in with default account info).

Click on the ‘ADVANCED’ tab
On the bottom of the left-hand menu, click ‘GUEST ZONE’
Check the box to ‘Enable Guest Zone’. If you want to create a schedule for your Guest Network, click New Schedule and fill out the form that opens. Otherwise your
Guest Network will be active until you uncheck ‘Enable Guest Zone’.
Name your Guest Network and select what type of security you would like. If you want your guests to connect but not your neighbors, we recommend selecting WPA-Personal, choosing Auto for WPA Mode, TKIP and AES for Cipher Type and setting a ‘Pre-Shared Key’ (aka password) that is easy for your guests to remember. Otherwise select NONE under Security Mode and let everyone within wireless range go wild.
Click ‘Save Settings’ above and once complete your Wi-Fi Guest Network should appear in your device’s list of available networks. Easy!
Go with the linksys smart wifi.

I would recommend the Cisco Aironet 1231 with which we've had great success. Details on setting up dual SSID's for a guest network can be found here:



You will find that Netgear, D-Link, and other vendors have far less detailed explanations of what's going on under the hood, and far fewer configuration options for corporations because their cheaper products are geared towards the consumer, not the corporation. Their product offerings are therefore less complete and not optimized for security and overreaching policy goals.


It depends on which wifi router you have - some of the cheaper ones don't support that. But if you're running a device like the Netgear WNDR3700 or the Linksys WRT600N, you can run dual SSID's - one for the corporate network, and the other for Private - which will be broadcast over the 2 different frequencies(2.4ghz and 5ghz). 

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