Connecting Airwall Gateways using a DHCP server

Use the DHCP server advanced connection method when connecting a large number of Airwall Gateways at once.

For provisioning, place the Airwall Gateway on a network where it can reach the Conductor on your shared network, or on the Internet. Once you set up DHCP on your network, you can skip steps 2 and 3 when setting up any additional Airwall Gateway.
  1. Plug in the Airwall Gateway – Locate the Airwall Gateway in an area that complies with the safe operating guidelines, and then plug it in or apply power.
  2. Check DHCP – Ensure there is a DHCP server and a DNS resolver or DNS server for the local domain that is accessible on the shared network.
  3. Create a DNS SRV record – On the DNS server, check that there is (or have a network administrator add) a SRV record pointing to the Conductor URL: TTL class SRV priority weight port target
    For example, if your shared network domain is and the Conductor hostname is cond-01, then the SRV record should be: 3600 IN SRV 10 0 8096

    *Use the TTL, priority and weight for your DNS environment. Port 8096 is the default, but you can change it in the Conductor and set it to an alternate port.

  4. Connect to your network – Connect the Airwall Gateway to a network shared with the Conductor using Port 1 (your company network or the Internet). The DHCP server assigns an IP address, netmask, and a default gateway to the Airwall Gateway. The Airwall Gateway then does an DNS lookup and configures itself using the Conductor address.
  5. Ping the Conductor URL – Check that you can reach the Conductor by pinging it. Enter:
  6. Connect to devices – Connect the devices you want to protect to the Airwall Gateway on Port 2.
The Airwall Gateway should now be recognized in the Conductor, showing up on the Provisioning tab, the Licensing tab, or on the Airwalls page as ready to manage. Once the Airwall Gateway is connected to the Conductor, you can manage and configure it there (including serial ports).