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Using Tags to Broadcast SSIDs from Specific APs

By default, all access points in a network will broadcast all enabled SSIDs simultaneously. While this is desired for most deployments, there may be cases where certain SSIDs should only be broadcast from a single AP or specific group of APs. AP tags in Dashboard are used to partition the wireless network into both physical or security-based segments and for basic management purposes.

This article also provides an example of a scenario where this may be desirable and describes how to specify which APs will broadcast a specific SSID.

Specify Which APs Should Broadcast a Specific SSID

  1. Mark the APs with SSID-specific tags as in Using tags to manage MR Access Points.
  2. Navigate to the Wireless > Configure > SSID availablilty page.
  3. Select the target SSID from the SSID drop-down menu at the top.
  4. From the Per-AP availability drop-down select "This SSID is enabled on some APs..."
  5. Select tags from the new field that appears.

 

Tags have now been selected (see below).

 

Now, only APs tagged with "West" would broadcast the SSID "ARCH". The above steps should then be repeated for each target SSID to achieve full control of SSID broadcasts.

Example Scenario

Multiple tags used to broadcast in multiple areas of a building:

 

Desired result:

  • Guest SSID broadcast in Reception area only
  • Internal SSID broadcast only in employee areas
  • Secure IT SSID broadcast only in IT area

 

Implement the following tags:

  • Tag AP1 with "Guest"
  • Tag AP2 with "IT" and "Internal"
  • Tag AP3 with "Internal"
  • Tag AP4 with "Internal"

 

AP Locations and respective tags

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Follow the steps in the main body of the article to achieve a similar deployment as in the above example.

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