WPS - Wi-Fi Protected Setup

Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) is a simple way for anyone to easily connect devices to an in-home wireless network broadband modem/router using an 8-digit PIN.

Home broadband routers that support WPS come with a security PIN, usually written on a label attached to the router. A device wishing to connect to the wireless network using WPS must supply this PIN.

Due to a flaw in the implementation of WPS, the PIN can be obtained by a brute-force attack in a matter of hours. Leaving WPS enabled on your router is a potential security risk that could allow an intruder to gain access to your wireless network. It is therefore advised that WPS be disabled.

To disable WPS you will need to log into your broadband modem and disable the option, if available. Consult your broadband modem's manual, contact your ISP or contact the modem manufacturer for help if needed.

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Article date: 8th April 2012

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