When setting up a wireless network, you can choose to encrypt or protect the network with a password. Using Wi-Fi Protected Setup, known as WPS, or the Push ‘n’ Connect feature on a Netgear router, you can set up an encrypted wireless network by pushing a single button on the router or your computer’s mouse.
The WPS feature on a Netgear Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router allows users to easily create and set up a wireless network. The feature sets up a random network key and service set identifier using WPA encryption for the Wi-Fi network. The SSID is a 32-character alphanumeric key used to identify a wireless LAN. SSID prevents other wireless devices from intentionally or accidentally connecting to the Wi-Fi network. This security feature helps to protect your router, computers, and other Wi-Fi devices connected to the network.
Connecting With WPS
To connect a wireless device to the Netgear router using WPS, open the networking utility for the Wi-Fi device and push the WPS button on the Netgear router. The WPS light on the router will start to blink, indicating users have 2 minutes to enable the connection on the Wi-Fi device. If the light stops blinking during the 2-minute window, the Netgear router successfully established a connection with the Wi-Fi device.
Advantages of WPS
The automatic configuration of the wireless connection is a primary benefit of the WPS feature. The WPS feature generates random, encrypted keys or passwords for the Wi-Fi network, making it difficult for hackers to access the network. WPS uses WPA2 encryption as its primary authentication protocol. WPA2 is a strong and secure protocol for wireless connections. WPS is an optional feature on many Netgear routers, meaning you can use the router without using the WPS feature.
Disadvantages of WPS
A disadvantage of WPS technology is that use of this feature requires Wi-Fi devices compatible with WPS. Older Wi-Fi devices will not support WPS. However, you can still connect Wi-Fi devices that do not support this technology to Wi-Fi networks created using WPS by manually entering the WPS-generated key on the Wi-Fi device.