What is Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) or Push ‘n’ Connect?

Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) is a network security standard that allows users to easily secure a wireless home network. Some of NETGEAR’s products use the name Push ‘n’ Connect for WPS. To use WPS, your product must support WPS and be compatible with WPA security. WPS can automatically set up a random network name (SSID) and strong WPA wireless security for wireless routers, access points, computers, adapters, Wi-Fi phones, and other electronic devices. A major security flaw was revealed in December 2011 that affects wireless routers with the WPS PIN feature. The flaw allows a remote attacker to recover the WPS PIN in a few hours of the brute attack and, with the WPS PIN, the network’s WPA/WPA2 pre-shared key or password. Once the attacker has your networks WPA/WPA2 pre-shared key or password, they can connect to your network without your consent and take advantage. If you suspect that someone is trying to access your router through brute force, please technical Support on to disable or turn off the WPS capability of your router-modem and extender to get a secure connection.

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