Configure Preferred and Prohibited Networks

Available for: Windows clients (1.4.1 and later) and Android clients (2.0.0 and later).

Special rules to prefer or prohibit networks can be set for individual networks in your Wi-Fi and Mobile Broadband directories, as well as for different security types, controlling how Open Mobile will display these networks to users. Prefer and prohibit rules supersede any Network Policy settings.

  • Preferred Networks: A network (name or MAC address) defined as preferred will always be used for connections (if possible), and shown at the top of the Available Networks list. (Step 4 in the following process)
  • Prohibited Networks: A network (name or MAC address) defined as prohibited will never be used for connections. A prohibited network can be shown as disabled or even hidden entirely from the user. (Step 4 in the following process)
  • Rename: A rule can also be used to rename a network in the list of Available Networks, choosing a display name that is clearer and more convenient for your users. For example, if your corporate network has a non-descript SSID (for example, corp-hq-east), Open Mobile could display the SSID as something friendlier like My Corporate Network. (Step 5 in the following process)
  • Annotation: In addition to display name, an annotation can be used to explain details about the network, which would be displayed to users in Open Mobile when the network is detected. (Step 5 in the following process)
  • Disabled Security Types: You can set a policy to disable a single security type, such as WPA-PSK-AES, from use in Open Mobile. (Step 3 in the following process)

Using this page, you can set a policy type, a policy rule, and a display name or annotation.

To set a special network rule, or to set a display name or annotation:

  1. Click Configure.
  2. Click Define New Policy.
  3. Under Policy Type, do one of the following:
    • Select Network Name, and enter the name of the network for which you will define a policy. Note: for purposes of a prefer or prohibit rule, the Network Name or SSID is not case-sensitive. Proceed to Step 4.
    • Select Network MAC Address, and enter the network MAC address for which you will define a policy. Proceed to Step 4.
    • Select Security, and then select a type of wireless network to disable in Open Mobile, based on security type, from the drop-down list 1). Then, click Save to save your policy.
  4. Under Policy Rule, pick one of the following one of the following:
    • Prefer Network: Select this to prefer connections to this network (name or MAC address) and show it at the top of the Available Networks list.
      • To make the preferred network exclusive, select Disable connections to all other networks when this network is available.
    • Prohibit Connections: Select this to prevent access to this network (name or MAC address), select Prohibit connections to this network. Then select one of the following:
      • Gray out network in Available Networks list: the network will be shown in Open Mobile, but disabled.
      • Do not display this network: hides the network from Open Mobile users.
    • Other: Choose Other to disable Auto-Connect for a particular network (name or MAC address). (This setting has no effect on preferred or prohibited networks.)
      • To force users to connect manually to the network, select Disable Auto-Connect to this network.
  5. Under Display Name and Annotation:
    • In Display Name, enter the name you would like displayed for this network in the Available Networks list.
    • In Annotation, enter the text of the network annotation.
  6. Click Save.
For the prefer or prohibit rules, the Network Name or SSID is not case-sensitive.

Configuration Settings > Connectivity > Configure Networks and Policies

If Unsecured networks is selected, many iPass Wi-Fi networks (that use credential authentication but do not have WEP or WPA security) will no longer be accessible. This policy is only recommended for users that connect exclusively with Mobile Broadband outside of the corporate network.

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