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How to Disable WPS on D-Link WiFi Router

Disabling WPS on Your D-Link Router: A Step-by-Step Guide

WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) simplifies connecting devices to your Wi-Fi network, but it can also be a security vulnerability. Here’s how to disable WPS on your D-Link router:

Method 1: Using the Web Interface

Access Your Router’s Settings:

Open a web browser and type your router’s IP address in the address bar. This is also printed on a sticker on the bottom of the router itself (D-Link addresses are 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1).

Enter the username and password for your router’s admin interface (default credentials will be ‘admin’ for both).

Go to Wireless Settings: The exact location of these settings will vary slightly depending on your router model and firmware. Look for options labeled “Wireless”, “Wireless Settings” or similar.

Find the WPS Option: In the wireless settings, find an option related to WPS. It will be named “WPS Settings”, “Wi-Fi Protected Setup” or something similar.

Disable WPS: Look for a checkbox, toggle switch or dropdown menu to disable WPS. It will be labeled “Enable WPS” or “WPS On/Off”. Make sure it’s set to “Disable”

Save Changes: Click the “Save” button or apply any changes you made.

Method 2: Using the WPS Button

Some D-Link routers have a physical WPS button on the device itself. While not the most secure method, here’s how to disable WPS using this button:

Locate the WPS Button: This is usually a small button with a WPS logo on the back or side of your router and it has two circular arrows.

Press and Hold: Press and hold the WPS button for a specific amount of time (typically around 2-5 seconds).

Light Observation: The router’s WPS light will blink or change color to show you the successful deactivation of the WPS setting.

Disabling WPS strengthens your Wi-Fi security but makes connecting new devices slightly less convenient. You’ll need to enter the Wi-Fi password manually for each new device but that’s a small tradeoff to make sure that nobody else is connecting to your internet.

For maximum security, use strong, unique passwords for your Wi-Fi network and disable WPS entirely. Also pick WPA3 or WPA2 from the D-Link router settings. Regular WPA is inherently less secure.

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