What is WPS

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Guide to setting up your wireless network

Wireless network

is a popular type of internet connection today, this is because it uses radio waves like television, radio, mobile phones which are effected at the network structure level. These are computer networks that are not connected at a physical level with the use of cables or cords of any kind and they are very cost effective because you don’t have to be friendly with cables running through your entire house which is unlike wired networking that requires you to have all you devices connected together using Ethernet cables.

What is WPS?

WPS is an acronym for Wi-Fi protected setup which was introduced in 2007, it is a means of creating a connection between the wireless device and a wireless router. WPS does not work for wireless networks that do not use passwords and it makes connections between device and router efficient and easier. The standard for setting up the WPS is that you must identify the networks name and password without which you cannot access the wireless network.

Setting up your wireless router

Getting your hardware device: the first step setting up your wireless router is getting it, if you don’t have it already then you may just need to buy it, bearing in mind the routers come in different sizes and capabilities in terms of coverage are, if you have a large space then it’s always better to check the router’s features and see which one will serve you better.

Situating your wireless router: as most manufacturers suggest, it is always better to place your wireless router in an open area in other to get the most even distribution then place your router on the broadband provided by your internet service provider. You can also connect your WAN ports to your router and the router will assign a local address to devices that connect to her wifi signal.

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Configuration of your wireless router gateway: most internet service providers integrate their modem with inbuilt routers, and in such cases these “router” are of poorer quality than the routers that stand alone and in this scenarios, you may have to disable the built-in router and configure the modem to allow the router access to IP address and network traffic. You can do this by inputting your IP Address to your web browser to have entrance to the configuration scree of the gateway/modem and contact you internet service providers for help as some will not allow you that much access.

Connecting the new router to gateway: Turn of your gateway and plug your Ethernet cable to your router’s port (WAN), connect your new router to your gateway then put on your gateway back on and allow it to boot.

Password change: go to the admin section in the configuration menu of your router, change the password and username. This substitution helps protect your network against unsolicited changes. And in the event where you forget your password, you may have to do a hardware reset which will undo all your customized settings.

Updating firmware: updating the router’s firmware is essential in addressing bug issues and other security issues that may arise, most routers do this automatically and if yours doesn’t, read instructions on the menu.

Setting up a password for your network: although most routers come with passwords, it is always best to set your own password, the process differs depending on the model or manufacturer of your router and you’re going to find a password manager useful.

Enjoy your wireless network: having done your set up your wireless router, it is now time to enjoy enter your password and enjoy your internet connection.

Different methods of using wps

There are different ways of securing your WPS and so far Linksys wireless routers are the best ways of securing the internet. When you’re using the Linksys WPS Router, there are two main methods of connecting the WPS and your smart device or PC.

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In this situation, it is either you use your WPS Button or log in through extender.linksys.com

Wi-Fi protected setup button: The WPS button is often at the back of the router and with a stable internet connection you can connect your device. Ensure that you have the latest firmware running on your router.

Web-based button: The web-based WPS can be accessed using 3 methods.

·Using the WPS pin: if your device has a WPS pin, go to the Linksys website and enter the password. When you’re done, click the designated button on the website.

·Wi-Fi protected setup button: the web based wps button can be accessed by going to http://extender.linksys.com when you successfully access their website, go to the WPS section.

·Routers pin: if your router has a pin, note it down then go to the website and enter the pin in the designated area.

Is wps secure?

It’s very important to secure your Wi-Fi system because once your password gets out in the open it’s hard to secure it, unlike the physical network that is easier to contain. It’s very important to secure your wps by doing the following.

·Making a very complicated router password: Make your password at least 20 characters long and make it a combination of symbols and numbers instead of writing your password down for people who may ask for it, read it to them. Thankfully once your password gets into the system it becomes invisible. So that’s the good part.

·Changing the routers admin credentials: Oftentimes, manufacturers of the same router set the same credentials for all their devices. Changing your credentials grants you control over your own network. Leaving it in its default will make you vulnerable to a hacker and unable to improve your security in the future.

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·Remote management: The settings on a standard router grants you remote access, if you have such access so does anyone who has the password. It is advised that you disable remote access.

·Updating firmware: It is very important to update your firmware in case there is any news about a new virus attack, you would know if you kept your device updated in this regard.

·Turn on the firewall: it is very important to turn on the firewall as routers often come with them, they grant you extra security.

Turn wps off.

Turning off the WPS differs as there are different router manufacturers. However, we shall take a look at two.

For your ASUS disabling the WPS is simple.

üGo to the browser and type 192.168.1.1

üEnter the default admin name and username.

üGo to advances settings

üNavigate to wireless

üClick on it

üClick on the slider to enable the off position.

For D-Link disabling the WPS is also a simple method

üOpen your browser and type 192.168.1.1 in the address bar

üEnter default admin username and leave the password empty

üNavigate to your set up tab

üUncheck the enable wifi protected setup

üSave your new settings

There is definitely a slight difference as the manufacturers are different.

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