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Administration Guide

Configure FortiGate with FortiExplorer using BLE

FortiGate 200F series and 80F series devices can be initially configured in FortiExplorer using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).

The state of the status LED on the device shows if BLE is enabled. See the device QuickStart guides for more information about LED states: FortiGate 200F Series QuickStart Guide and FortiGate 80F Series QuickStart Guide.

Caution

When the status LED is flashing green, pressing and holding the reset button for five seconds or longer will reset the device to factory default settings.

BLE is enabled or disabled in the following scenarios after the FortiGate boots up:

  • In factory default settings:

    • After the FortiGate has finished booting up (when the console login prompt is shown), the status LED will be flashing amber or red to indicate that BLE is enabled.

    • If the FortiGate is configured without using BLE, BLE will immediately be disabled and the status LED will turn solid green.

    • If the FortiGate is configured using BLE, the LED will continue flashing until the configuring device disconnects from BLE, after which BLE is disabled and the status LED turns sold green.

  • Not in factory default configuration:

    • One minute after the FortiGate has finished booting up (when the console login prompt is shown), the status LED will turn solid green. Press and hold the reset button for one second. The status LED will start flashing to indicate that BLE is enabled.

    • If no BLE connection is made with the FortiGate, BLE will be disabled after one minute and the status LED will turn solid green.

    • If the FortiGate is configured without using BLE, BLE will immediately be disabled and the status LED will turn solid green.

    • If the FortiGate is configured using BLE, the LED will continue flashing until the configuring device disconnects from BLE, after which BLE is disabled and the status LED turns sold green.

To enable BLE for one minute when the FortiGate is running and not in factory default configuration:
# diagnose bluetooth enable 1
To connect to and configure a FortiGate with FortiExplorer using BLE:
  1. Ensure that BLE is enabled on the FortiGate device.

  2. Enable Bluetooth on your iOS device and open the FortiExplorer app.

    If the app has detected the FortiGate device, the device's serial number will be shown.

  3. Log into the FortiGate in the app using the default credentials: admin and no password.

  4. If this is the first time logging into the device, set a password.

  5. Optionally, register with FortiCare.

  6. Configure the FortiGate, including the WAN and internal interfaces, static routes, and other required settings.

    After configuring the FortiGate and disconnecting, BLE is disabled.

To check the status of BLE on the FortiGate:
diagnose hardware test ble
diagnose bluetooth status
diagnose bluetooth get_bt_version
diagnose bluetooth clean_bt_mode

Configure FortiGate with FortiExplorer using BLE

FortiGate 200F series and 80F series devices can be initially configured in FortiExplorer using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).

The state of the status LED on the device shows if BLE is enabled. See the device QuickStart guides for more information about LED states: FortiGate 200F Series QuickStart Guide and FortiGate 80F Series QuickStart Guide.

Caution

When the status LED is flashing green, pressing and holding the reset button for five seconds or longer will reset the device to factory default settings.

BLE is enabled or disabled in the following scenarios after the FortiGate boots up:

  • In factory default settings:

    • After the FortiGate has finished booting up (when the console login prompt is shown), the status LED will be flashing amber or red to indicate that BLE is enabled.

    • If the FortiGate is configured without using BLE, BLE will immediately be disabled and the status LED will turn solid green.

    • If the FortiGate is configured using BLE, the LED will continue flashing until the configuring device disconnects from BLE, after which BLE is disabled and the status LED turns sold green.

  • Not in factory default configuration:

    • One minute after the FortiGate has finished booting up (when the console login prompt is shown), the status LED will turn solid green. Press and hold the reset button for one second. The status LED will start flashing to indicate that BLE is enabled.

    • If no BLE connection is made with the FortiGate, BLE will be disabled after one minute and the status LED will turn solid green.

    • If the FortiGate is configured without using BLE, BLE will immediately be disabled and the status LED will turn solid green.

    • If the FortiGate is configured using BLE, the LED will continue flashing until the configuring device disconnects from BLE, after which BLE is disabled and the status LED turns sold green.

To enable BLE for one minute when the FortiGate is running and not in factory default configuration:
# diagnose bluetooth enable 1
To connect to and configure a FortiGate with FortiExplorer using BLE:
  1. Ensure that BLE is enabled on the FortiGate device.

  2. Enable Bluetooth on your iOS device and open the FortiExplorer app.

    If the app has detected the FortiGate device, the device's serial number will be shown.

  3. Log into the FortiGate in the app using the default credentials: admin and no password.

  4. If this is the first time logging into the device, set a password.

  5. Optionally, register with FortiCare.

  6. Configure the FortiGate, including the WAN and internal interfaces, static routes, and other required settings.

    After configuring the FortiGate and disconnecting, BLE is disabled.

To check the status of BLE on the FortiGate:
diagnose hardware test ble
diagnose bluetooth status
diagnose bluetooth get_bt_version
diagnose bluetooth clean_bt_mode