Wi-Fi Protected Setup

Wi-Fi Protected Setup is an optional certification program based on technology designed to ease the setup of security-enabled Wi-Fi® networks in home and small office environments. Wi-Fi Protected Setup supports methods (pushing a button, entering a PIN, or using NFC) that are familiar to most consumers to configure a network and enable security.

Like all Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products, Wi-Fi Protected Setup products have industry-standard security features provided by WPA2. Wi-Fi Protected Setup gives consumers an easier approach to set up a security-protected Wi-Fi connection, either between devices or in a network configuration. Additional devices can be easily added to a Wi-Fi Protected Setup network over time.

With Wi-Fi technology connecting a wider array of devices, a simpler, standardized, approach to network configuration and security enablement is crucial. Wi-Fi consumers are able to choose from a wide variety of product types and brands knowing that there is a straightforward method for adding these devices to their network.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I communicate using the Wi-Fi Protected Setup trademark?

    The term “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Protected Setup™” designates products that have been certified by Wi-Fi Alliance, and is the commercial name for the certification program. The underlying specification or technology is called “Wi-Fi Simple Configuration Technical Specification”. Only products which have completed and passed Wi-Fi certification to the Wi-Fi Simple Configuration test plan may use the Wi-Fi Protected Setup name. On second instance, you may refer to “Wi-Fi Protected Setup “products (dropping the term Wi-Fi CERTIFIED).

  • How does Wi-Fi Alliance help ensure product compatibility and a good user experience for certified products?

    This is achieved through rigorous testing of Wi-Fi products that are based on the 802.11 standards. Consumers should always look for the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo to ensure the best user experience possible.

  • Are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products protected by security?

    Yes. All Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products are tested for the latest generation of Wi-Fi security: WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2). The only way to be sure that product meets these standards is to only purchase Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products.

  • How does Wi-Fi Protected Setup work?

    There are three primary approaches to network setup within Wi-Fi Protected Setup: push-button, PIN entry, and Near Field Communication (NFC). PIN entry is mandatory in all Wi-Fi Protected Setup devices, while push-button and NFC are optional and may also be found in some devices.

    Push-button configuration (PBC): in some Wi-Fi Protected Setup networks, the user may connect multiple devices to the network and enable data encryption by pushing a button. The access point/wireless router will have a physical button, and other devices may have a physical or software-based button. Users should be aware that during the two-minute setup period which follows the push of the button, unintended devices could join the network if they are in range.

    PIN entry: in all Wi-Fi Protected Setup networks, a unique PIN (Personal Identification Number) will be required for each device to join the network.  A fixed PIN label or sticker may be placed on a device, or a dynamic PIN can be generated and shown on the device's display (e.g., a TV screen or monitor).  PIN is used to make sure the intended device is added to the network being set up and will help to avoid accidental or malicious attempts to add unintended devices to the network.

    A registrar device (which could be an Access Point/wireless router, PC television, or other device) will detect when a new Wi-Fi device is in range, and prompt the user to enter the PIN, if he or she wishes to add the new device to the network.  In this mode, Wi-Fi Protected Setup network encrypts data and authenticates each device on the network.  The PIN entry method is supported in all devices.

    Near Field Communication (NFC):  A Near Field Communication interface can be used to transfer network settings to a new device without requiring manual entry of its PIN.  The NFC method provides strong protection against adding an unintended device to the network. This is an optional method for Wi-Fi Protected Setup Access Points and devices.