Private WLAN

It is possible to set up a private WLAN that bridges the uplink port and is separated from the mesh network. Please note that you should not enable Wired Mesh on the uplink port at the same time.

The private WLAN is encrypted using WPA2 by default. On devices with enough flash and a supported radio, WPA3 or WPA2/WPA3 mixed-mode can be used instead of WPA2. For this to work, the wireless-encryption-wpa3 feature has to be enabled as a feature.

It is recommended to enable IEEE 802.11w management frame protection for WPA2/WPA3 networks, however this can lead to connectivity problems for older clients. In this case, management frame protection can be made optional or completely disabled in the advanced settings tab.

The private WLAN can be enabled through the config mode if the package gluon-web-private-wifi is installed. You may also enable a private WLAN using the command line:


uci set wireless.wan_radio$RID=wifi-iface
uci set wireless.wan_radio$RID.device=radio$RID
uci set wireless.wan_radio$
uci set wireless.wan_radio$RID.mode=ap
uci set wireless.wan_radio$RID.encryption=psk2
uci set wireless.wan_radio$RID.ssid="$SSID"
uci set wireless.wan_radio$RID.key="$KEY"
uci set wireless.wan_radio$RID.disabled=0
uci set wireless.wan_radio$RID.macaddr=$(lua -e "print(require('gluon.util').generate_mac(3+4*$RID))")
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Please replace $SSID by the name of the WLAN and $KEY by your passphrase (8-63 characters). If you have two radios (e.g. 2.4 and 5 GHz) you need to do this for radio0 and radio1.

It may also be disabled by running:

uci set wireless.wan_radio0.disabled=1
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