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WiFi Configuration on Windows Devices with Hexnode MDM

Hexnode MDM allows you to remotely configure the Wi-Fi settings and push the Wi-Fi password to the Windows devices without exposing it to the end-users.

Note

  • This feature is available from Enterprise pricing plan.

Configure Wi-Fi

To configure Wi-Fi settings,

  1. Login to your Hexnode MDM portal > Navigate to Policies tab > Click on New Policy to create a new one or click on any policy to edit an existing one > Enter the Policy Name and Description in the provided fields.
  2. Navigate to Windows > Select Wi-Fi under Network > Click on Configure
  3. Configure Wi-Fi settings.
WiFi Settings Description
Service Set Identifier Enter the name of the Wi-Fi network.
Connection mode Select the option Manual to enable users to choose the Wi-Fi network manually.

By default, the Connection mode is set to Auto, which lets you automatically connect to the target Wi-Fi network.

Hidden Network Select Hidden Network to enable devices to connect to a Wi-Fi network that is not broadcasting its SSID.

Disabled by default.

Security Type Select any security type from WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, or WPA/WPA2 Enterprise.

By default, the Security Type is set to Open.

Authentication type

(If you select WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK or WPA/WPA2 Enterprise as the Security Type)

Choose the authentication type from WPA (default) and WPA2.

The difference between WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) and WPA2 is the method of encryption used. WPA uses TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) which is a method for checking message integrity whereas WPA2 uses AES-based CCMP (based on stronger AES encryption algorithm) which is a stronger encryption protocol.

Password

(If you select WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, or WPA/WPA2 Enterprise as the Security Type)

Enter the Password required for the device to get connected to the Wi-Fi network.
EAP authentication

(If you select WPA/WPA2 Enterprise as the Security Type)

Select an authentication method from EAP TLS (default) and PEAP-MSCHAPv2.
Proxy Select Manual to set up the Proxy settings manually.

Proxy protects the device from attacks by acting as an intermediary between the device and the internet.

By default, the Proxy configuration is set to None, which lets you skip setting up a proxy server.

Server

(If you choose to set up the Proxy settings manually)

Enter the name or IP address of the proxy server.
Port

(If you choose to set up the Proxy settings manually)

Enter the port number of the proxy server.
By default, the port number is set to 0.

Apply the Wi-Fi Configuration to Devices/Groups

There are two ways by which you can associate restrictions to the devices in bulk.

If you haven’t saved the policy yet,

  1. Navigate to Policy Targets
  2. Click on + Add Devices, search and select the required device(s) to which you need to apply the policy > Click OK
  3. Click on Save to apply the policies to the devices.

Note:


To associate the policies to a device group, select Device Groups from the left pane under Policy Targets, and follow the above instructions.

Similarly, you can associate the policy to Users, User Groups, or Domains from the same pane.


If you’ve already saved the policy and taken to the page which displays the policy list,

  1. Select the required policy
  2. Click on Manage > select Associate Targets
  3. Select Device/ User/ Device Group/ User Group/ Domain
  4. Search and select the device(s)/ user(s)/ device group(s)/ user group(s)/ domain(s) to which you need to apply the policy > Click Associate.
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