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SBG6700-AC (v8.6.x): Unsecured Wireless Setup (Guest Network)

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How do I setup a guest network for unsecured wireless connection on my SBG6700-AC?
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The SBG6700-AC also allows for a wireless guest network (in addition to a wireless primary network).  The guest network provides access to the Internet but prevents devices from communicating with primary wireless and wired-connected client devices.  The guest network also includes UPnP and Firewall functionality.

The SBG6700-AC supports 2.4GHz and 5.0 GHz Wi-Fi frequencies simultaneously.  Each frequency has its own SSID (Service Set Identification), which is the name given to the wireless network of the SBG6700-AC The 2.4 GHz frequency supports 802.11 b/g/n wireless clients, while the 5.0 GHz frequency supports 802.11n wireless clients only.  802.11n devices will generally perform better in the 5GHz range.

The Guest Network is disabled by default. This document describes how to enable the guest network, and how to configure the guest network without wireless security. 

WARNING: With this setup, the wireless functionality of the SBG6700-AC will provide no encryption for the wireless guest network.


To Setup Guest Network Unsecured Wireless

  1. Launch a Firefox or Safari browser.  Enter http://192.168.0.1 into the address box, and press the Enter key.  

    NOTE: A browser message on Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera, may appear when accessing the Web Manager.  The message includes 192.168.01 uses an unsupported protocol and ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH.  The Web Manager uses an earlier version of the TLS protocol and does not match the version allowed by the web browser.  Safari browsers on Apple PC and mobile devices are not impacted.  The workaround to access the Web Manager with a PC is to use the Firefox browser and set the TLS version to 1.  For workaround instructions refer to article # 19435 - 192.168.0.1 uses an unsupported protocol.
     
  2. A security or private risk alert may appear on the web browser advising users to proceed with caution when accessing the Web Manager.  There is no risk in proceeding to the Web Manager.  For instructions to bypass the alert screen, refer to article # 18181 - Alert Message for Web Manager Access.
     
  3. On the Login page, enter admin or a customized username in the Username field.
     
  4. Enter password or a customized password in the Password field.

    NOTE: On later versions of the SBG6700-AC, the Wi-Fi Security Key is used as the default admin password printed on the bottom white label.  For assistance with Web Manager Access, refer to article # 18754 – SBG6700-AC: Web Manager Access.

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  5. Click the Login button. The Home page will appear.

    Right click on the image to save it to your computer.
     
  6. On the Home page, click on Manage Guest Network.  The Wireless - Guest Network page will appear.

    Right click on the image to save it to your computer.
     
  7. On the Wireless - Guest Network page:
    a.  Select the desired frequency tab to modify (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz).

    NOTE 1: Choosing the Wireless Interface only determines which frequency settings are desired to be modified.  The 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies are already enabled simultaneously by default.

    NOTE 2: The 2.4 GHz frequency supports 802.11 b/g/n wireless clients, while the 5.0 GHz frequency supports 802.11n wireless clients only.  802.11n devices will generally perform better in the 5GHz range.

    NOTE 3: In this example, the 2.4 GHz frequency has been selected to modify.


    b.   Guest Network - Click the drop-down tab and select Enabled.
    c.   Guest Network Name (SSID) - Change this setting to the desired name, or leave it at the current setting. 
    d.   Wireless Security - Click the drop-down tab and select Unencrypted.
    e.   Click the Apply button.

    NOTE: The settings will take effect immediately, as restarting the gateway is not required.

    Right click on the image to save it to your computer.

The SBG6700-AC is now configured to allow wireless connectivity without wireless encryption.  For assistance with the wireless client:

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