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login to WAC 124 WITHOUT netgear account

pieterg
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login to WAC 124 WITHOUT netgear account

I recently bought a WAC 124 as an extra eacces point.
Now it appears you can only access the settings when you have a netgear account.
This strikes me odd. It is in MY network, not in Netgear network. From within my network I don't want devices calling home.

Is there a way to disable this and setup access without a netgear-calling-home-account?
If there is not this is a future reason to NOT buy netgear devices anymore. 

"Calling home" devices are not considered safe and secure. This is is considered an intrusion.

I realy hope this can be diabled as I do like netgear quality. I don't like intruders.

Model: WAC124|AC2000 Dual Band 4x4
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schumaku
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Re: login to WAC 124 WITHOUT netgear account

@RaghuHR ... I never understood the issues even well informed IT people have with this basic WAP.

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DaneA
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Re: login to WAC 124 WITHOUT netgear account

@pieterg,

 

Welcome to the community! Smiley Happy 

 

If you are connected to the Internet, you will need to have a NETGEAR account in order to access the web-GUI of the WAC124.  Otherwise, if you are not connected to the Internet, you can use the default credentials (the username is "admin" and the password is "password" without the quotation marks) to login to the web-GUI of the WAC124.  I regret to inform you that there is no option to disable this.  For more information, kindly read page 18 of the WAC124 user manual here about the credentials that you must enter to access the local browser interface.  

 

 

Regards,

 

DaneA

NETGEAR Community Team

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Pjpj
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Re: login to WAC 124 WITHOUT netgear account

Is there any hope for a future update that will let us disable the SSO if we want? I have not been able to administer my WAC124 For a long time. Local login with it disconnected from the Internet worked one time and not since. Dumping the cash on my devices doesn't help. I am very unhappy with this product purely due to the SSO. I just ordered a Linksys.....

 

 

Model: WAC124|AC2000 Dual Band 4x4
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pieterg
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The absolute need for an online subscription in order to edit the access points settings is inadmissible.
If this becomes a Netgear policy on all their products. Netgear products will be black listed and no longer purchased.

It is very undesireable that a third party forces "security" of their own on their customers.
You may offer but not force.
This product will be disconnected from our network soon as a replacing product arrives.
We have now blocked access to the outside through the router.

 

Model: WAC124|AC2000 Dual Band 4x4
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Dracurf
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Re: login to WAC 124 WITHOUT netgear account

Hello,

@DaneA 

Really ?

If you are connected to the Internet, you will need to have a NETGEAR account in order to access the web-GUI of the WAC124.  Otherwise, if you are not connected to the Internet, you can use the default credentials (the username is "admin" and the password is "password" without the quotation marks) to login to the web-GUI of the WAC124.  I regret to inform you that there is no option to disable this.  For more information, kindly read page 18 of the WAC124 user manual here about the credentials that you must enter to access the local browser interface.  

 

I just baught this acces point and I had to block network traffic from it on my firewall to use the local account.

I think to bring back this acces point to the shop and get me reimbursed.

Please kindly upgrage the firmware to block the login option with settings ? Smiley Happy

 

Many Thanks.

Rgds,

Guilaume

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Mk178
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Totally agree with previous comments! This must be an option not the only way to log in Smiley Frustrated

Model: WAC124|AC2000 Dual Band 4x4
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kas1kas
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Re: login to WAC 124 WITHOUT netgear account

Accessing the WAC124 is impossible without a Netgear account and actually logging in to their system first.

This is absolutely ridiculous. I just want to enter the local IP address and login as admin. 

Unfortunately I was not aware of this bizarre way of working before I bought this device. If this policy is not changed this will be my last Netgear product. And looking at the complaints before me, they don't seem to have any plans to change their policy.

Yes, they answer that you can, but you have to disable the internet! Why should I disable the internet and upset other users in my house to login to my router/AP?

 

YOU ARE WARNED!!!

Do not get this product!!!

 

Model: WAC124|AC2000 Dual Band 4x4
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focaldepth
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Re: login to WAC 124 WITHOUT netgear account

Has anybody done a network trace to figure out wight address/port to block to kill this evil and ridiculous login BUG/FEATURE/SPYWARE?

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