You may have come across the term “WPS button” in the manual for your WLAN router or other network-compatible device. But what is the purpose of this button and where is it located? We will explain it to you.
What Is Wps?
The abbreviation “WPS” stands for “Wi-Fi Protected Setup”. This describes a method for the simplified establishment of connections between devices in the home network. For example between a router and a repeater. With WPS, the WLAN security key is transmitted automatically and does not have to be entered manually.
- WPS can be implemented by the device manufacturers using various methods, for example by entering a PIN or the so-called push button configuration (WPS-PBC) – the WPS button.
- Where the WPS button is located depends on the device. For example, the WPS button on your router or repeater can be labeled “WPS”, “WLAN” or a symbol. Older devices do not have a WPS button.
- To establish a connection, press the WPS button on the router and on the device. That you want to connect to the network. Both devices should then automatically recognize and connect to each other.
WPS , or Wi-Fi Protected Setup , is a network security standard present in some routers that allows us to connect wirelessly with the press of a button . Thus, it is not necessary to enter the WiFi password by hand and pairing with compatible devices is carried out much more easily.
WPS was created by the Wi-Fi Alliance in 2006, and we will usually know that our router is compatible when we see a WPS button on it or with a symbol of two circle arrows, like the one in the image that illustrates the header of this entry.
Of course, to use WPS before we must have protected access to our router using WPA or WPA2. Since WEP is not compatible with WPS. However, the main idea behind this technology is not to improve security, but simply to simplify access .
There are different ways to connect to a network using WPS. For example, if we press the WPS button on our router we can instantly see which compatible devices are within reach. Thus, back to our computer, tablet, smartphone or other device with wireless connection we will only have to select the network in question and voila : the pairing will have ended without having to type anything.
It may also be the case that certain devices have their own WPS button , as with some network printers or WiFi adapters in dongle format , making it even easier to configure everything. First we press the router button and then the one of these devices and everything will be ready. It goes without saying that this process will only have to be carried out once, and not every time we intend to connect, since the configuration will be conveniently stored.
Finally, WPS button routers also offer an eight-digit PIN code to simplify connection with devices that do not have WPS. Thus, we will enter that password instead of that of our WiFi, which is usually more complex. Of course, this last method is not as safe as the previous two, since this PIN is more vulnerable to attacks and it is generally recommended to deactivate it. Without going any further, the PIN can be found with attacks that would not take more than four to ten hours.
As far as operating systems are concerned, not all are compatible with WPS natively . For example, Windows 7 and Windows 8 are, just like Android since version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). However, Apple does not include it in OS X or iOS, and it is not activated in Ubuntu.
Wps Button On Router
In the event that our router has disabled access via WPS. Simply enter its interface from a web browser and enable it.
For example, in any router it is always enabled by default, but we can change it whenever we want. In the Security section in the WLAN menu. We will look for the WPS Quick Connection tab and select the WPS Enabled or WPS Disabled option . That easy.