How can I connect a Chromebook to a WPS WiFi router?

connect-chromebook-wps-wifi-routerWPS stands for Wi-Fi Protected Setup. ts a wireless networking standard that tries to make connections between a router and wireless devices faster and easier. It works only for wireless networks that have WPA Personal or WPA2 Personal security. Many different types of wireless routers have this feature. You will most likely see a button on your wireless router that you can then sync with your Chromebook.

 

To use WPS to connect to your WiFi network:

  1. Make sure that your router is receiving power (the Power LED is lit).
  2. Check the WPS instructions for your computer or WiFi device.
  3. Press the WPS button on your router.
  4. Within two minutes, on your computer or WiFi device, press its WPS button or follow its instructions for WPS connections.
    Your computer or WiFi device connects to the WiFi network.

 

How can I connect a Chromebook to a WPS WiFi router?

Your Chromebook can connect to any network with the following settings. Chromebooks cannot connect to a WPS network.

  • Open networks that don’t require a password
  • Secure networks that use WEP, Dynamic WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise, or WPA2-Enterprise settingsWe recommend WPA2, as it is more secure than WEP or WPA.
  • Standards: 802.11 a/b/g/n and 802.11ac for AC equipped Chromebooks

Chromebooks cannot connect to a WPS wireless network. You will need to enter the a password to connect to the router. See information on connecting a Chromebook to a wireless router.

 

WPS Security Flaw

A major security flaw was revealed in December 2011 that affects wireless routers with the WPS PIN feature, which most recent models have enabled by default. The flaw allows a remote attacker to recover the WPS PIN in a few hours with a brute-force attack and, with the WPS PIN, the network’s WPA/WPA2 pre-shared key.[2] Users have been urged to turn off the WPS PIN feature

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