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Configuring PSK encryption

The IEEE® 802.1X™ standard specifies PSK encryption as an access control method for enterprise Wi-Fi® networks. You can use PSK encryption in small office and home environments where it is not feasible to configure server-based authentication.

To configure PSK encryption, you must distribute a passphrase to Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerry® devices that matches the key or passphrase for the wireless access points. You must distribute the passphrase using the Wi-Fi profiles that you assign to user accounts. The BlackBerry® Enterprise Server sends the passphrase when users activate the BlackBerry devices.

For more information about how the BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution supports PSK encryption, see the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Security Technical Overview.

Configure PSK encryption data for BlackBerry devices using a Wi-Fi profile

If BlackBerry® device users in your organization's environment use BlackBerry® 7270 smartphones, you must configure passphrases using IT policy rules instead of configuration settings.

Before you begin: Obtain the passphrase for the wireless access point. For more information, see the documentation for the access point.
  1. In the BlackBerry Administration Service, on the BlackBerry solution management menu, expand Policy > Wi-Fi configuration.
  2. Click Manage Wi-Fi profiles.
  3. Click the name of the Wi-Fi® profile that you want to change.
  4. Click Edit profile.
  5. On the Wi-Fi profile settings tab, in the Wi-Fi Preshared Key field, type the passphrase.
  6. Click Save All.
After you finish:
  • For more information about configuration settings, see the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Policy Reference Guide.
  • Assign the Wi-Fi profile to the user accounts.
  • Resend the IT policy that you assign to the user accounts to Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerry devices.
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