Jul 22

To setup and deploy the D-Link Unified Access System solution, use the following general steps:

1. Plan the WLAN network topology.

Decide where to locate each access point to maximize accessibility to the WLAN by wireless clients and to minimize radio frequency (RF) interference by other access points. You should also determine how to integrate the D-Link Unified Switch into your existing network topology.


2. Install and configure the D-Link Unified Switch.

To install and configure the D-Link DWS-3026 switch, you need a serial connection to the switch, or you must connect to the switch from a host in the same subnet as the switch default IP address ( From the initial connection to the switch, you can configure basic network information or enable the DHCP client on the switch to acquire this information automatically.

3.Enable the WLAN switch function and assign an IP address to the WLAN switch interface.

The WLAN features on the switch are enabled by default. The WLAN feature must be enabled in order for the switch to discover and validate D-Link Access Points. If the routing mode is disabled, the Unified Switch function uses the IP address of the network interface. If routing is enabled, the switch uses a loopback or routing interface for the wireless functions. Changing the IP address of the network interface automatically disables and re-enables the wireless function. Enabling routing also disables and reenables the wireless function.

4.Configure the default AP Profile settings that the access point will use after the D-Link DWS-3026 switch validates it.

When the switch successfully validates an access point, it sends the AP Profile to the access point. The AP Profile contains all of the access point configuration information,such as the radio, security, and SSID settings. You can configure all of the AP settings before or after the switch validates an AP.

5.Prepare and deploy D-Link Access Points and enable AP-to-switch discovery.

After you connect an AP to the network and it obtains an IP address (either statically or dynamically by using DHCP), the Unified Switch can automatically discover the AP. However, if your network uses IEEE 802.1X authentication or you require the AP to be authenticated by the D-Link DWS-3026 switch upon discovery, you must log on to the AP and configure security information.

6.Authenticate and validate the APs.

You can optionally configure the Unified Switch so that it only manages APs that it authenticates. You can use the local database or an external RADIUS database for AP authentication. Whether or not you require AP-to-Unified Switch authentication, the switch must be able to validate an AP before it can manage the AP. For the D-Link DWS-3026 switch to validate the AP, you must add the MAC address of each AP to the AP database on the switch or to the database on an external RADIUS server.

CAUTION: The default AP profile does not use a security mechanism for wireless client associations. All wireless clients will be able to connect to an AP and access your network.

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