Most residential and some business-class routers support Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), aimed to make securing and connecting to the Wi-Fi quicker and easier. Those routers that do support it usually have a WPS button somewhere on the router. You can push the router’s button and then within a limited amount of time, like a minute, you can initiate the connection of Wi-Fi devices supporting WPS. The Wi-Fi device automatically connects to the router and gets the security settings without you having to enter the WPA/WPA2 security passphrase.
Some Wi-Fi devices, like USB adapters, may have physical buttons to initiate a WPS connection. However, with Windows 7 and later you can use the GUI to initiate connections if your wireless adapter supports WPS. You simply select the network from the usual network list in Windows and it will prompt you for the password while also saying “You can also connect by pushing the button on the router”. At that time, push the WPS button on the router and it should automatically connect.
- A dialog should open telling you to push the WPS button on the router. You have about 30 seconds to do this before the WPS handshake protocol will shut down and you’ll have to repeat this step. Push the WPS button; it is usually very clearly labeled with “WPS”.
- Your phone will automatically connect to the WiFi network, and you shouldn’t have to repeat these steps unless you tell your device to forget about this WiFi connection.
For some routers, there is a WPS PIN instead of a button; you’ll need to tap that option in your Internet settings and then enter the PIN, which is usually found on a sticker on the router.
WPS is a very handy and practical method of connecting to a WiFi network without a password, it is reliable, and works on almost every Android or Windows device. Unfortunately, Apple basically refuses to support the WPS standard and Android did away with the option in the Android 9 updates. This basically means that our newer tech won’t have this as an option.