Device Configuration : Protect : Wireless : Mesh Networks
Mesh Networks
On this page you can create or delete mesh networks. Additionally, you see an overview of existing mesh networks.
On the Device Configuration > Protect > Wireless > Mesh Networks page you can define mesh networks and associate access points that should broadcast them. In a mesh network, multiple access points communicate with each other and broadcast a common wireless network. On the one hand, access points connected via a mesh network can broadcast the same wireless network to clients, thus working as a single access point, while covering a wider area. On the other hand, a mesh network can be used to bridge Ethernet networks without laying cables. Access points associated with a mesh network can play one of two roles: root access point or mesh access point. Both broadcast the mesh network, thus the amount of other wireless networks they can broadcast is reduced by one.
Access points associated with a mesh network can play one of two roles: root access point or mesh access point. Both broadcast the mesh network, thus the amount of other wireless networks they can broadcast is reduced by one.
Root access point: It has a wired connection to the Sophos Firewall OS and provides a mesh network. An access point can be root access point for multiple mesh networks.
Mesh access point: It needs a mesh network to connect to the Sophos Firewall OS via a root access point. An access point can be mesh access point for only one single mesh network at a time.
A mesh network can be used for two main use cases: you can implement a wireless bridge or a wireless repeater:
Wireless bridge: Using two access points, you can establish a wireless connection between two Ethernet segments. A wireless bridge is useful when you cannot lay a cable to connect those Ethernet segments. While the first Ethernet segment with your Sophos Firewall OS is connected to the Ethernet interface of the root access point, the second Ethernet segment has to be connected to the Ethernet interface of the mesh access point. Using multiple mesh access points, you can connect more Ethernet segments.
Wireless repeater: Your Ethernet with your Sophos Firewall OS is connected to the Ethernet interface of a root access point. The root access point has a wireless connection via the mesh network to a mesh access point, which broadcasts wireless networks to wireless clients.
To create a mesh network, please refer to Add Mesh Network.
Following is a description of the table elements.
Mesh-ID
This is the identifier of the mesh network.
Frequency Band
The frequency band on which the associated access points broadcast the mesh network.
Manage
Displays the available managing options for the mesh networks:
Edit Allows you to edit the mesh networks.
Delete Allows you to delete the mesh networks.
To either add or delete a mesh network, click on the corresponding buttons.