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Adding a Sophos Access Point using the onboarding wizard

In this article we’ll show you how to use the onboarding wizard to connect your first access point to Sophos Central Wireless.

Info: The onboarding wizard is only displayed the first time an access point is added. If an access point has already been linked, the wizard will no longer appear.


  • Sophos Central Account
  • Sophos Access Point connected to power and network
  • Serial number (S/N) of the APs recorded
  • Network requirements are met

Add Sophos Access Point

1. Sign in to the Sophos Central account

Log in to the Sophos Central Admin at

2. Register Sophos Access Point

Click on the Sidebar and click on the menu item Wireless. If you have not yet set up an access point, the Onboarding wizard should open. Now enter the serial number under Step 3 and click on Register. The access point is then searched and registered. If a new firmware is available for the AP, it will be updated automatically.

Sophos Central Wireless Onboarding Wizard - enter the serial number

Info: After the registration process, a new firmware is also checked for the connected access point. If this is the case, the new firmware will be installed immediately. It is obvious, but do not disconnect the Access Point’s power or network connection at this time!

Important: In order for the access point to register with Sohpos Central, it must first be switched on and connected to the network. In addition, all network requirements must be met, which we in this article specify.

3. Set up SSID

In the second step of the wizard, create an SSID. The SSID is the name of the network that will be broadcast later. Define a name and a secure password and click on Save.

Sophos Central Wireless Onboarding Wizard - set up SSID

Note: Of course, you can also choose the other options, such as “Encryption Mode” or the “Encryption Algorithm”. Sophos simply selects the best possible options by default.

4. Add site

In the last step of the wizard, you document the location of your access point. Especially if more than one is added later, you can keep track of everything.

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