Business or Guest Network

What is the Difference between choosing ADD BUSINESS NETWORK or ADD GUEST NETWORK? They both have the same Setting Options so whats happening behind the scenes?

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  • vybhavramvybhavram Xpert, Moderator Posts: 1,063
    edited February 2016

    Hello @Brijaws ,

    That's a great question. Here are the differences:

    Guest network

    • Can have Open auth or WPA2 PSK authentication
    • User can enable Hotspot for the WLAN
      Business network

    • Open authentication not available

    • WPA2 PSK or 802.1x are the only 2 authentication options available
    • No ability to turn on Hotspot for the WLAN

    Regards,
    Vybhav

  • BrijawsBrijaws Member Posts: 24

    Ahh that sounds important. So for the somewhat techy not not a fully-embeded IT guy can you explain a bit more the PROS and CONS of these two networks? We have installed a handful of these systems in a RESIDENTIAL Environment and set them up as a BUSINESS NETWORK assuming that the alternative GUEST NETWORK meant it was more for Open Public Configurations. With Client Isolation TURNED OFF we are having problems connecting Printers and some other Devices to the Network and when the do connect, communicating with them has been problematic.

    Can the Authentication Method create problems with some devices (even if those Devices are NEW technology) ?

  • ctdefender110ctdefender110 Member Posts: 10

    @Brijaws said:
    Ahh that sounds important. So for the somewhat techy not not a fully-embeded IT guy can you explain a bit more the PROS and CONS of these two networks? We have installed a handful of these systems in a RESIDENTIAL Environment and set them up as a BUSINESS NETWORK assuming that the alternative GUEST NETWORK meant it was more for Open Public Configurations. With Client Isolation TURNED OFF we are having problems connecting Printers and some other Devices to the Network and when the do connect, communicating with them has been problematic.

    Can the Authentication Method create problems with some devices (even if those Devices are NEW technology) ?

    Also, following up on Brijaws' question, is the WPA for a BUSINESS network ENTERPRISE WPA? When looked at in the "networks" table, it says WPA-PSK, but I wanted to be certain as some devices will not connect when using WPA ENTERPRISE. Thanks.

  • BrijawsBrijaws Member Posts: 24

    Take note - our initially complaints from our client was that they couldn't connect their HP Printers or connect to their SONOS Music Library - thou they had some functionality it was not consistent. We removed the BUSINESS NETWORK and made it a GUEST NETWORK and all the Devices that were previously having problems connected without any issues the first time. This included the HP Printers as well as connecting to the SONOS LIBRARY. Clearly there was something going on behind the scenes with the BUSINESS NETWORK setup option.

  • vybhavramvybhavram Xpert, Moderator Posts: 1,063

    Hello @Brijaws ,

    Guest networks can have an authentication type of Open or WPA2-PSK. Business networks allow you the ability to use 802.1x for authentication , by using a RADIUS server. The reason why it's called a BUSINESS network is because this is usually used by businesses which have a RADIUS server or Microsoft AD setup already installed , which can be used to perform 802.1x and authenticate business wi-fi users.

    Regardless of the authentication mechanism, client devices must be able to connect to the WLAN without any issues.

    With client isolation turned OFF , client devices must be able to communicate with one another without any issues. Have you tried setting a static channel on the AP and checking if all the devices are able to connect?

    What were the settings that you had used in the business network settings? Were you using WPA2-PSK or 802.1x?

    Can you please let me know when you are seeing this issue occur again? We could get on a call and debug this issue. Please send me a private message via the forum for this.

    Regards,
    Vybhav

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