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

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Ant

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Dec 6, 2013, 2:16:20 PM12/6/13
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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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Dec 9, 2013, 8:29:56 PM12/9/13
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In alt.internet.wireless Ant <ANT...@zimage.com> wrote:
> 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)?

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 ;-)

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Jon Danniken

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Dec 9, 2013, 8:48:46 PM12/9/13
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As originally planned, yes. Unfortunately, it takes all of a few hours,
if that, for someone other than you to do exactly the same thing, and
either get into your network, or use your internet connection for their
own purposes.

Maybe you will be lucky and it will be the latter, and all they'll be
doing is reading the news and checking stock reports.

Jon

Char Jackson

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Dec 10, 2013, 10:08:01 PM12/10/13
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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.

riserman

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Dec 13, 2013, 11:24:57 AM12/13/13
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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

Jon Danniken

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Dec 13, 2013, 11:43:10 AM12/13/13
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On 12/13/2013 08:24 AM, riserman wrote:
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> 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.

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

Jon



Ant

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Dec 13, 2013, 3:17:04 PM12/13/13
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...
> >> 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 ;-)
> >
> > 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.

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


> 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.

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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riserman

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Dec 14, 2013, 8:16:46 PM12/14/13
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On 12/13/2013 3:17 PM, Ant wrote:
> ...
>>>> 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 ;-)
>>>
>>> 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.
>
> I re(call/member) some routers still had this vulnerability even if it
> is disabled!
>
>
>> 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.
>
> Ask Netgear? They will probably say to buy a new one if it is old. :(
> Can it do third party firmwares?
>
Alas it is a new model! Not sure what you mean by third party firmwares.
Please explain.

riserman

Jerry Peters

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Jan 9, 2022, 2:35:39 PMJan 9
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Openwrt or ddwrt probably. I'd start with openwrt https://openwrt.org/
they support newer hardware. There're also the openwrt forums:
https://forum.openwrt.org/
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