WPS stands for Wi-Fi Protected Setup. If your router normally fulfills the function of giving you Internet on your devices, it is likely that you neither look at it nor remember that it is there. But if you look at it or have it handy next to your computer or your work table or next to the sofa, you may see this WPS button. It is unusual for people to use it but it is also recommended that you stop doing so. For your safety.
As we say, WPS means WiFi Protected Setup and the purpose of this button is that someone can connect to your WiFi network without needing to know the password What do you have for the wireless network? You don’t even need to know the name of that network. The button makes us forget to memorize very long passwords or that your guests can connect without problem from their phone and with a single button, making a process much simpler that is usually expensive depending on the password you have or the visits that usually go to your house. But maybe it’s not the best you can do even if it is the simplest to connect.
How does it work
Although it may vary depending on the router, practically all of them work the same. We simply have to make sure that the router is turned on. From the device we want to connect, such as our mobile phone, we look for the corresponding setting. Although it will depend on the customization layer or the operating system, you can look for the network settings. when you find them, Follow the steps that will appear on the smartphone screen.
In turn, what we do from the router is to hold down the WPS button for a few seconds and the phone will automatically connect to the WiFi network. Without password, without knowing the name of the network, without the need to write anything.
It is comfortable and very fast if we usually connect new devices. If, for example, you test a lot of mobile phones for work. Or, as we say, if you have visitors.
Should I disable it?
As we have seen, all you have to do is press a button to connect to the WiFi network. This will lead to network security and privacy problems. Not only because anyone can do it if they have access to the router, but also because the network remains unprotected for a few seconds, those seconds of the connection.
Fortunately, most operators or brands They allow us to deactivate it if we access the settings of the browser router and simply
What alternatives are there?
An alternative is to create a guest network that allows people who come to your house to connect but without having to say a long and secure password. You can activate and deactivate this network of guests whenever you need and it is advisable that it is not activated if no one is going to go at that moment.
In addition, most routers allow us to manage and limit bandwidth that can be used with a guest network so you’ll have more control over other people’s use of your wireless network when they’re at home.
In these cases, not only a secure key is important (even if it is easy to remember or dictate) but encryption: always use encryption WPA3 or WPA2 and not before. And, as we say, always disable the network when you are not using it.