How to configure unifi multiple SSID VLANs best practices

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You want to assign specific VLANs to each SSID in the unifi access point but you face some problems with how to do it. Before going too deep you need to know about unifi controller. Unifi controller is the software from Ubiquiti company that allows you to have many configurations in the access point. It controls all the access points that you have. First, you need to create a VLAN ready, for example, the IT department’s VLAN and Finance’s VLAN, and make sure those VLANs are working well. In this article, you will learn How to configure unifi multiple SSID VLANs best practices.

How to configure unifi multiple SSID VLANs best practice

Before you can start configure unifi multiple SSID VLANs, you need to read below tips on how to add your VLAN to a specific SSID in the unifi controller. For example, you have VLAN-id: 500 as a native VLAN in your switch and you have 2 VLANs as below

  • IT department: 10.0.0.0/20, VLAN ID: 10
  • Finance Department: 10.0.16.0/20, VLAN ID: 20

then you want to add those VLANs to a specific SSID in unifi controller. So, the thing you need to be ready.

  1. Configure unifi controller software on your server
  2. Connect your unifi controller server to the switch that accesses native VLAN.

#switch-port mode access

#switch-port access vlan 500

To configure unifi multiple SSID VLANs, you need to follow the method below.

I. Configuration on Switch

This is a first step of how to configure unifi multiple SSID VLANs in the unifi controller.

  1. Create those 2 VLANs in your switch. See How to Create VLANs in the cisco switch
  2. Configure the trunking port in your switch. See how to configure the trunk port in the Cisco switch
  3. Add those 2 VLANs to the port you have configured as a trunk
  4. Add native VLAN to that trunk port
  5. Connect the unifi access point to the port that you configured as a Trunk

Now you are ready for your switch port. Next step you need to configure some settings in your unifi controller.

Note: The Unifi Controller Server will manage the access point via Native VLAN. If you forget to add native VLAN to the trunk port that you connected the access point to, then you can’t adopt any access point because unifi controller will not see any access point in the site.

II. Configuration on Unifi Controller

This is a second step of how to configure unifi multiple SSID VLANs in your unifi controller. Stay tune with below guide.

  1. Open the unifi controller server
  2. Add a new site as you want or you can use the default site.
  3. Add a new network by going to Settings-> Networks->Add New Network
How to allow multiple VLANs in a single Unifi Access Point

4. Then create 2 networks and assign VLANs to each network as picture below:

  • Network 1: IT Department assigned to VLAN 10
  • Network 2: Finance assigned to VLAN 20
How to allow multiple VLANs in a single Unifi Access Point
How to allow multiple VLANs in a single Unifi Access Point

Note: In this example, you are using a DHCP from another server. Mean that you are not using the DHCP server inside the unifi controller. So, you need to disable the DHCP server option of each VLAN in the controller. You can disable it during your create VLAN-IT in Advance option or if you missed it, you can edit it later.

In each network, scroll down, then on the DHCP mode select None -> Apply Changes

5. Create SSIDs and Point to the network you have created

This section means that you need to create an SSID and point to the network that you have created above.

  • Navigate to Settings->WiFi-> Select Add new WiFi Network.
Create SSID and point to the network. On the Network part, select the network that you created above.
  • SSID name: IT Department
  • Password: (What you want)
  • Network: IT department (You already created above)
How to configure unifi multiple SSID VLANs best practices
  • SSID name: Finance
  • Password: (What you want)
  • Network: Finance (You already created above)
How to configure unifi multiple SSID VLANs best practices

Now, you have done create 2 SSID and point to VLANs as shown below. So, all the adopted in your site will be shown 2 SSIDs named, IT department and Finance. And each SSID will be provided with 2 different IP networks of each VLAN.

How to configure unifi multiple SSID VLANs best practices

Conclusion

There are many VLANs that are used in your network infrastructure. So, you want to set up a WiFi SSID and map to those VLANs in your network. This is very simple and easy, just read the How to configure unifi multiple SSID VLANs best practices article above, then follow the step-by-step. This article will teach you how to map those VLANs to SSID in the untifi controller. After completing those steps, your WiFi will have the SSID you have created and work with the specific VLAN you have mapped.

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