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FortiAP Configuration Tips

Out of the box, the Forti-AP solution Zero Configuration mode works if the FortiAP is directly connected to the FortiGate performing the Wireless [think flat networks only].  However, for larger more segmented networks with VLANs, the FortiAPs must be configured manually [effective through MR 4.3p11 level]:

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Fortinet’s wireless solution seamlessly and securely extends your local area network across your enterprise.  FortiAP® wireless access points are centrally managed through the FortiGate®  platform, providing a sleek and consolidated WLAN solution.  Each FortiAP access points tunnels all of its traffic to the wireless controller integrated into FortiGate platforms, providing a single console to manage both wired and wireless network traffic.

To manually configure the FortiAP follow the following steps to access the CLI of this device:

1) Connect the FortiAP unit to a separate private switch or hub or directly connect it to your management computer via a cross-over cable.

2) Change your management computer’s IP address to

3) Telnet to IP address

4) Login with username: admin and no password.

5) Configure a static IP address for the FortiAP unit and netmask & gateway information for your network, using the following commands:

  • cfg –a
  • cfg –a AP_NETMASK=
  • cfg –a IPGW=yyy.yyy.yyy.yyy
  • cfg –a AC_IPADDR_1=zzz.zzz.zzz.zzz

[Note: where xxx is the IP address of the FortiAP unit, yyy is the Gateway IP address and zzz is the IP address of the FortiGate Wireless Controller.]

6) Save the configuration by typing the following command: cfg –c

7) Unplug the FortiAP unit and plug it back in order for the configuration to take effect

Should you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact TBNG Consulting at or at 855-512-4817.

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