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Netgear fouled up Guest network configuration, wireless isolation, and local network access.

cwcjr
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Netgear fouled up Guest network configuration, wireless isolation, and local network access.

Netgear in their infinite wisdom has confused and altered the configuration and setup of Guest networks, effectively disabling the ability to set up a truely GUEST NETWORK separate from the Local network on all Wireless routers since WNDR3700.

Initially it took Enabling the Guest network.  Once enabled you had two choices: Could devices on the Guest network see the  devices on the Local Network.  This is Local Network Access/Authorization. 

The second choice is Wireless Isolation.  This is separate from the Local network issue, but Netgear confused the two issues in configuration setups after the WNDR3700.  This choice simply chooses whether or not to allow a device on the Guest SSID to see and communicate with any other device on the Guest SSID.

These two choices are ONLY related if you do not select Wireless Isolation.  If you do not select Wireless Isolation, then you need to decide if Guest devices can see the Local Network.  Thus they had actually asked the questions in the wrong order!!!

Impact:  A guest network is created by leaving both options UNCHECKED (WNDR3700)  Guest devices can access and share the resources of  other Guest devices (Chromecast, Printers, Shared Drives, etc) but CANNOT see devices on the Local (private) Network.

Netgear merged the choices to either say Guests can see EVERYTHING or NOTHING, you cannot create a separate GUEST network.

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TheEther
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Re: Netgear fouled up Guest network configuration, wireless isolation, and local network access.

Not sure how much it will help, but you can try voting to restore the old settings here.

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