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    Configuring Wireless General SSID Settings

    To enable wireless clients to connect to the NetScreen-5GT Wireless security device, you must configure at least one basic service set (BSS) that defines and controls how the device handles traffic through a wireless interface.

    You can create up to eight basic service sets, but the device can only use a maximum of only four at one time. You might want to configure extra service sets when your network uses site-specific or time-specific BSSs: To enable different BSSs, bind or unbind their corresponding SSIDs to interfaces.

    A new SSID does not contain default general settings; you must at least configure a name and select wireless interface for the SSID before the device can handle wireless traffic for that BSS. The general SSID settings are displayed in Table 1.

    Table 1: Wireless General SSID Settings


    Your Action


    Specify a name that uniquely identifies the BSS. The device uses the SSID name to distinguish the interface to route wireless traffic to. For enhanced security, do not assign the SSID a meaningful name that an attacker might be able to determine through reconnaissance, such as the department or location of the WAP. You can also make the name difficult to guess by using a mix of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. When the SSID name contains one or more spaces, enclose the name within quotation marks.

    Suppressing Transmission of SSID Information

    Select so the device does not display the SSID name in broadcasts. Because the name is not broadcast, attackers must work harder to obtain the SSID name.

    Isolation of Clients on the Same SSID

    Select to prevent wireless clients on the same subnetwork (SSID) from communicating directly with each other and bypassing the security device.

    Wireless Interface

    Select the wireless interface (wireless 1 or wireless 2) that handles traffic for the SSID. The device routes all wireless traffic with the specified SSID name through this interface.

    Published: 2013-01-02