What's the status of WPS on wireless routers these days?

Discussion in 'Network Routers' started by Ant, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. Ant

    Ant Guest

    Hello/Greetings/Hi!

    My client has one of those Samsung SmartCam that requires WPS for
    wireless connections with routers. And then, I re(member/call) WPS being
    a big issue last year and so. Is this a big problem today even on newer
    wireless routers (e.g., Netgear R6300) with their latest firmwares (e.g,
    updated a couple months ago)?

    Thank you in advance. :)
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    Ant, Dec 6, 2013
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    philo  Guest



    WPA2 is being used now
    but the very old net cards are WPA


    It should not be a problem unless the device is quite old.


    I /think/ most anything newer than 2006 should be OK.
     
    philo , Dec 6, 2013
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    Char Jackson Guest

    I believe he's asking about WPS (WiFi Protected Setup) rather than WPA (WiFi
    Protected Access). The first is a one-click WiFi password exchange, while
    the second is a wireless encryption standard.

    I remember the discussions around the WPS bug(s) last year and how WPS could
    be used to gain unauthorized access to someone else's wireless network, and
    the discussion around the fact that sometimes disabling WPS doesn't actually
    disable it, etc. I'm not sure how much has changed since then. Surely, most
    people don't proactively update their router firmware so there will still be
    a lot of vulnerable systems out there, but anyone who bought a new router at
    least stands a chance of being able to actually disable WPS, so that would
    be a plus.

    http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/ might have some good info.
     
    Char Jackson, Dec 9, 2013
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    dold Guest

    A couple of months ago, I needed to connect my Sony BluRay player to my
    WiFi, and wasn't intrigued by the hunt and peck method of entering my WPA
    passphrase, so I tried the buton that said WPS.
    The Sony message told me to press the WPS button on my router, a recent
    vintage Netgear N150 from Target. By the time I returned to the room where
    the Sony is located, my connection was established, and I haven't needed to
    do anything since.

    Is that how it's supposed to work ;-)
     
    dold, Dec 10, 2013
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    Char Jackson Guest

    That's how it's supposed to work. What it's not supposed to allow, however,
    is the capability for an intruder to get onto your wireless network
    relatively easily.

    Once you're done with WPS, turn it off. If you can, that is.
     
    Char Jackson, Dec 11, 2013
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    riserman Guest

    That's my problem. Just set up a Netgear N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit
    Router WNDR4300 -- sounds impressive doesn't it? But, you can't turn off
    WPS without turning off the router. Anyone know how to make this unit
    work securely? Thanks.

    riserman
     
    riserman, Dec 13, 2013
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    Jon Danniken Guest

    Put ddwrt on it: http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=740295

    Jon
     
    Jon Danniken, Dec 13, 2013
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    Ant Guest

    ....
    I re(call/member) some routers still had this vulnerability even if it
    is disabled!

    Ask Netgear? They will probably say to buy a new one if it is old. :(
    Can it do third party firmwares?
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    Ant, Dec 13, 2013
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    riserman Guest

    Alas it is a new model! Not sure what you mean by third party firmwares.
    Please explain.

    riserman
     
    riserman, Dec 15, 2013
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