Sophos decided in October 2021 to stop charging for WLAN management in the Central console. Until now, you had to pay an annual license fee (per device) to manage a Sophos access point in Central. This made the solution not very interesting for many of our customers, as the management of access points via an XG or XGS firewall has always been free of charge.
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When Sophos introduced the new XGS series in April 2021, it was announced that the new firewalls would only support APX series management. This suddenly made the paid management of AP series access points via Central Wireless the only option if one wanted to switch to the new XGS series. We suspect that this circumstance was a showstopper for some customers and prevented them from switching to the new XGS firewalls.
To chase this fat elephant out of the china store, Sophos probably felt compelled to stop charging for Central WLAN Management. Of course, this has made the solution more attractive, and it will probably become the most widely used option for Sophos customers to manage access points in a central console in the future.
In this blog post, we briefly summarize what you can expect from Central Wireless and what features are offered.
Central WLAN management
With Sophos Central Wireless, you can easily configure your Sophos Access Points from your Central Account. Connect an access point to the Internet and register it by entering the serial number in your Sophos Central account. Then you can start configuring and create a secure wireless network. As soon as the access point is in operation, you will see the status of your WiFi and all connected clients.
If you wish, you can also set up a separate guest network with a daily password for visitors or external staff.
After you register one or more Sophos Access Points in Sophos Central Wireless, you will need to configure a new network. But Sophos Central Wireless does it all with just a few clicks. You simply create a new SSID, name your network, choose a secure encryption method (WPA / WPA2 / WEP), define an encryption algorithm (AES TKIP/AES) and determine the desired frequency band (2.4 and / or 5 GHz). Of course, the setting of a secure password must not be missing at the end. This configuration then only needs to be assigned to one access point.
If you don't want the WiFi to be available at all times, you can also set a time limit.
Keeping track of multiple access points quickly becomes a challenge. With Sophos Central Wireless, you'll never reach your limits when it comes to keeping track of your network. Simply enter a location description for each access point. If there are several branch offices, you can even add the address to see the distribution on Google Maps.
Aren't you sure two access points on your floor are enough? Just upload a floor plan and simulate the distribution of your devices.
Create guest networks
Sophos Central Wireless gives you the ability to create guest networks. This will create a secure area for visitors or devices that you don't want to have on your corporate network. Authentication can be done with daily, weekly or monthly passwords generated according to a fixed schedule. Once a new password has been created, you can notify your administrators or selected users by email.
Another way to authenticate is to use the voucher codes. This generates different codes that can be used indefinitely or have a certain validity period.
Increase the range of coverage
Sophos Access Points and Sophos Wireless allow you to connect APs without an Internet connection. With the so-called "mesh mode" the WiFi area can be enlarged in a very uncomplicated way. The SSID is passed on to each access point. The advantage of this is that the wireless network can also be expanded without cables. The access point gets the network from the nearest access point and passes it on to a smartphone, tablet, laptop or other device.
- Getting Started with Sophos Wireless
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- Sophos Wireless - How to Register an Access Point