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Guest WiFi connection can't access Internet using WN203 access point and GS108E in VLAN config

DonD
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Guest WiFi connection can't access Internet using WN203 access point and GS108E in VLAN config

I'm new to VLAN technology, and am beginning to wish I never heard of it.  I'm try to setup a Guest SSID and main network users SSID, such that Guests can't access main network resources.

 

Here's the setup:

 

WN203 access point:

- Main network SSID setup with security and assigned to VLAN 1

- Guest profile SSID setup without security and assigned to VLAN 2

 

GS108E swtich:

- port 1:  main network computer, no VLAN capability

- port 2:  another main network computer, no VLAN capability

- port 3:  WN203 access point

- port 8:  Router, no VLAN capability

- VLAN 1 membership:  ports 1, 2, 3, 8

- VLAN 2 membership:  ports 3, 8

 

The Problem:

Guest WiFi connection won't connect to Internet (bad!) and don't see network resources (good!).  Main network WiFi connection connects to Internet and can see all network resources.

 

Sure could use some help with this.

 

Thanks in advance,

Don

 

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DonD
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Re: Guest WiFi connection can't access Internet using WN203 access point and GS108E in VLAN config

Okay, got it!  I think I finally understand how VLAN configuration works.  The example on that link really helped!   I just ordered a Netgear FVS318N.  I put one of those in a previous church, and now will put one in my current church.

 

Thanks again for you help!

 

Don

 

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JohnRo
NETGEAR Employee Retired

Re: Guest WiFi connection can't access Internet using WN203 access point and GS108E in VLAN config

Hello DonD, 

 

Welcome to the community! 

 

For you to achieve the setup you wanted you'll need a router with VLAN capabilities, this will let your control routing and also can give you another set of IP addresses for the guest network. The GS108E does not have DHCP and routing capabilities since it is only a Layer 2 switch. 

 

I hope this information helps, let us know if you have more questions. 

 

Thanks, 

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DonD
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Re: Guest WiFi connection can't access Internet using WN203 access point and GS108E in VLAN config

Thanks, JohnRo for your reply.

 

Is it necessary for the main network computers and Guest connected computers to have VLAN capabilities also?

 

Also, could I have chosen a different switch that would solve this problem and still use the same router?

 

Don

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JohnRo
NETGEAR Employee Retired

Re: Guest WiFi connection can't access Internet using WN203 access point and GS108E in VLAN config

Hi DonD, 

 

Most of the computers these days are already VLAN unaware so there's no need to worry much about the devices connecting. Yes, you have that option as well but Layer 3 switches are a bit expensive (could be more expensive than a VLAN router). 

 

Also, here's an example of creating multiple VLAN configuration that you may use as a guide. 

 

Thanks, 

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DonD
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Re: Guest WiFi connection can't access Internet using WN203 access point and GS108E in VLAN config

Okay on that.  You mentioned an attachment that I don't think you attached.

 

Don

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JohnRo
NETGEAR Employee Retired

Re: Guest WiFi connection can't access Internet using WN203 access point and GS108E in VLAN config

Hi DonD, 

 

Sorry, that was silly Smiley LOL. I have it updated and the link is now active. 

 

Thanks, 

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DonD
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Re: Guest WiFi connection can't access Internet using WN203 access point and GS108E in VLAN config

JohnRo,

 

I'm sorry, but I still don't see a way to access your attachment/link.  Maybe, I just don't know how to work this forum?

 

Don

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JohnRo
NETGEAR Employee Retired

Re: Guest WiFi connection can't access Internet using WN203 access point and GS108E in VLAN config

Hi DonD, 

 

It is a hyperlink, but don't worry I'll just post it below: 

 

Creating multiple VLAN configuration

 

Thanks, 

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DonD
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Re: Guest WiFi connection can't access Internet using WN203 access point and GS108E in VLAN config

Don't know how I missed that hyperlink.  I see it now.  Thanks much, JohnRo!

 

Don

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DonD
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Re: Guest WiFi connection can't access Internet using WN203 access point and GS108E in VLAN config

JohnRo,

 

One more question if I may.  Do computers on a VLAN network have to specifiy which VLAN ID they are working with, or can the fact that the switch port (set to specific VLAN ID) they are connected to limits their LAN?  If they do have to specify, how/where is that set on the computer?

 

Don

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JohnRo
NETGEAR Employee Retired

Re: Guest WiFi connection can't access Internet using WN203 access point and GS108E in VLAN config

Hello DonD, 

 

They are VLAN unaware so the control will be from the switches. They will just correspond to the network they are connected to. 

 

Thanks, 

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DonD
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Re: Guest WiFi connection can't access Internet using WN203 access point and GS108E in VLAN config

Okay, got it!  I think I finally understand how VLAN configuration works.  The example on that link really helped!   I just ordered a Netgear FVS318N.  I put one of those in a previous church, and now will put one in my current church.

 

Thanks again for you help!

 

Don

 

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DaneA
NETGEAR Employee Retired

Re: Guest WiFi connection can't access Internet using WN203 access point and GS108E in VLAN config

Hi DonD,

 

In addition to the helpful link that JohnRo has shared with you, let me also share this article as reference guide in setting up VLANs on a NETGEAR switch and assigning VLANs on a wireless network configured in a NETGEAR access point.  

 

Hope it helps. 🙂

 

 

Regards,

 

DaneA

NETGEAR Community Team

 

 

 

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DonD
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Re: Guest WiFi connection can't access Internet using WN203 access point and GS108E in VLAN config

Thanks, DaneA.  This is also helpful.

 

Don

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DaneA
NETGEAR Employee Retired

Re: Guest WiFi connection can't access Internet using WN203 access point and GS108E in VLAN config

Hi DonD,

 

You're welcome! 🙂

 

Feel free to post your future concerns here on the community.

 

 

Cheers,

 

DaneA
NETGEAR Community Team

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