CA310: Configuring the Wireless Network Module

Silex SX-BR-4600WAN2 Configuration

Requirements

NOTE:  The following procedure and configuration have been tested to be operational within the scope of Avizia’s lab and production environment. Please ensure that you or the technician is appropriately knowledgeable of your network infrastructure for proper configuration.

Tool List

  • PC running Windows 8.1+ (other operating systems will work but have not been exhaustively tested)
  • Internet Explorer (recommended) or other Browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc)
  • Silex Wireless Bridge, model SX-BR-4600WAN2.
    • The following items come with the bridge:
      • power supply
      • network cable
      • setup Guide

Other Requirements

  • Network infrastructure Credentials for Wi-Fi infrastructure (SSID, Pre-shared key, etc.).
  • For infrastructure requiring a Certificate: Certification key in the form of a PEM file (See:  Installing a Certification Key)

warning-yellow-attention-exclamation-mark.png  NOTE: The Silex module may perform sub-optimally if it is not plugged into an acceptable Power Source. For configuration, it should be plugged into the CA310 Smart Switch or the Codec.

Configuring the Silex Wi-Fi Bridge

  1. Connect the network cable between the Silex bridge and your PC.
  2. Connect the power supply or USB power cable to the bridge.
  3. Press and hold “Push Switch” on the bridge for 15 seconds to enable Configuration Mode.

The WLAN and STATUS LEDs will blink simultaneously indicating that the bridge is in Configuration Mode.

NOTE: If the bridge reboots or loses power, it will switch back to Normal Mode.

Depending on your default browser, the Silex local web page may automatically launch. If it does not appear then open your preferred web browser and enter “http://silex” to connect to the Silex web interface.

 

NOTE:  By default, there is no password on the bridge.

  

  1. Easy Configuration

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    1. Select the desired SSID from the list, enter the pre-shared key, and press the Submit button.
      • If the configuration will not save or you receive an error, you may need to use Detailed Configuration Setup.

 

  1. Detailed Configuration

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    1. Set the Wireless Standard
      • Auto (Default)
      • 2.4Ghz
      • 5 Ghz
    2. Enter the SSID
    3. Choose the Network Authentication Type
      • Open
      • Shared
      • WPA2
      • WPA/WPA2 Mixed Mode
    4. Select ON/OFF for 802.1x Authentication
      • If ON:
        • Select Authentication Type
          • EAP-TLS
          • EAP-TTLS
          • PEAP
          • EAP-FAST
          • LEAP
        • Enter the Credentials
      • If OFF:
        • Enter the Pre Shared Key
    5. Click Submit.
  1. The following message is received:

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Single Client vs Multi Client Mode

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  1. System Configuration
    1. Select Advanced Configuration
    2. Client Mode
      • Single Client Mode (Default)
      • Multiclient Mode

NOTE: If the bridge is configured in Multi Client Mode, then “Passive Client” (or Multiclient mode, Bridge Mode or similar) will need to be enabled on certain infrastructures to ensure that DHCP traffic flows correctly.

Passive Client Mode 

For those controlled by a Cisco Wireless LAN Controller

The Avizia lab configured the following on a Cisco WLC, model 2504 with software version 7.6.120:

  1. Logged-in to the WLAN Controller through its web interface.
  2. Clicked on the WLANs tab at the top of the webpage.
  3. Clicked on WLAN ID number of the preferred WLAN for the bridge to connect to.
  4. Clicked on the Advanced tab.
  5. Scrolled down to Passive Client (right side) and checked the box.
  6. Clicked the Apply button near the upper right.
  7. For more information on Cisco WLAN Controller Passive Client see Cisco’s documentation at:

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/wireless/controller/7-6/configuration-guide/b_cg76/b_cg76_chapter_01100000.html

Defaulting the Bridge

Follow these steps to default the bridge if there are issues connecting to the bridge or if the password was lost.

  1. Disconnect the power to the bridge.
  2. While reconnecting the power hold the CONFIG button down to load factory defaults.
  3. When the Link LED on the LAN port turns Orange then Green, factory defaults have been loaded.

NOTE:  Loading defaults will delete the set configuration and any certificates loaded.

 Installing a Certification Key

(Optional, depending on network configuration)

Follow these steps to install a certificate on the bridge.

  1. Connect the network cable between the bridge and your PC.
  2. Connect the power supply to the bridge.
  3. Press and hold “Push Switch” on the bridge for 15 seconds to enable Configuration Mode.
  4. The WLAN and STATUS LEDs will blink simultaneously indicating that the bridge is in Configuration Mode.

NOTE:  If the bridge reboots or loses power, it will switch back to Normal Mode.

  1. Click on “Certificate Configuration” (left side).

Here is where a Client Certificate, CA Certificate, and PAC or CRT File can be installed to authenticate with the RADUIS server.

  1. If the network is setup for PEAP, then all this is needed is to install the certificate key (PAC File).

NOTE:   The Avizia lab pulled a certificate file from a RADIUS server as a .PEM file.

  1. If the certificate installs successfully then the Certificate Registration Status will be, “PAC Registered”.
  2. Verify Wi-Fi configuration once more.
  3. Select “Reboot” (left side)
  4. The bridge will come back up in Normal Mode.

 

 

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