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The access point provides various security options for the 6 GHz wireless band.

6 GHz Wireless security settings

  • SSID selection: Select an SSID to configure its security settings.
  • Broadcast SSID: Turn SSID broadcast on or off. The options are as follows:

    • Enable: The SSID will be visible to devices as an available Wi-Fi network.
    • Disable: The SSID won't be visible as an available Wi-Fi network. Devices must manually enter the SSID to connect. A hidden SSID is typically more secure than a visible SSID.
  • Wireless client isolation: Turns Wireless client isolation on or off. Wireless client isolation improves security by preventing devices connected to the access point from communicating with each other. This can help prevent brute force attacks on devices. Choose from the following options:

    • Disable: All wireless devices connected to an access point can communicate with each other.
    • STA Separator: Wireless devices can't communicate with each other.
    • SSID Separator: Wireless devices can only communicate with other wireless devices connected to the same SSID.
  • 802.11k: Turns 802.11k support on or off. 802.11k allows endpoint devices to select an access point based on the number of connected devices and overall traffic.

  • 802.11w: 802.11w protection can't be turned off for the 6 GHz wireless band.
  • Guest Network: Turns the guest network on or off. A guest network allows clients to connect to the internet and isolates them from private network resources.


    Guest networks allow access to all public IP addresses. If you have local resources with public IP addresses and you don't want devices on the guest network to be able to access these resources, you must configure your network to block the traffic.

  • Load Balancing: Set a load balancing value. Load balancing limits the number of wireless devices connected to an SSID. The following table shows the maximum supported clients for each AP6 model:

    Access point Maximum clients
    AP6 420, 420E, 420X

    128 per radio

    256 total

    AP6 840

    512 per radio

    1024 total

    AP6 840E

    512 per radio (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios)

    256 (6 GHz radio)

    1024 total

  • Authentication method: Select an authentication method from the drop-down menu.

    • WPA personal: Turns Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) authentication on. You must configure the following settings:

      • WPA type: You must choose WPA3 only for the 6 GHz wireless band.
      • Key renewal interval: Sets the key renewal interval in minutes.
      • Pre-shared key type: Select Passphrase or Hex (64Characters).
      • Pre-shared key: Enter a string for your preshared key.
    • WPA-EAP: Turns Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) with Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) on or off. You must configure the following settings:

      • WPA type: You must choose WPA3-EAP for the 6 GHz wireless band.
      • Key renewal interval: Sets the key renewal interval, in minutes.
    • OWE: Turns Opportunistic Wireless Encryption (OWE) on or off. OWE lets users connect without a pre-shared key, similar to open authentication but adds a layer of security by encrypting communication between the access point and connected devices.

  • Additional authentication: You can add additional layers of security by selecting an additional authentication method from the drop down menu. You can choose from the following options:

    • No additional authentication
    • MAC address filters: You can use MAC address filters to allow or block specific devices. See MAC Address filters.
    • MAC filter & MAC RADIUS authentication: Sets a combination of MAC address filters and MAC RADIUS Authentication.
    • MAC RADIUS authentication: You can use MAC RADIUS authentication to allow access to your network. You must configure the following settings:

      • MAC RADIUS password: You can choose Use MAC address to allow devices based on their MAC address or Use the following password to set your password.

6 GHz Wireless advanced settings

  • Smart handover: Turn Smart handover on or off.
  • RSSI threshold: Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) measures the strength of the access point's signal at the endpoint device. The closer the value is to zero, the stronger the signal is. Devices below the selected threshold won't be able to connect to the network.