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I want to setup a pair of spare routers as access points and already know how to do so. But one question I had, would the WPS buttons still work on the spare routers working as access points? I know the WPS button would work on the main router but what about on the spare ones? Would be nice if so since that would make adding guests to the home wireless painlessly easy!

    
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I'd advise against using WPS.
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I'd advise against using WPS.

 

I understand why this is mentioned and I have it disabled for daily use, I only enable it when family is coming over to visit (as they live quite a distance). This way setting them up on the wireless when they visit is simple.

 

BTW I found out the answer - and the answer is yes, apparently WPS does work when set up in this manner from the router setup as an access point apparently.

    
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Disable WPS, seriously, do it now.

There is a tool called ReaverWPS that can break the WPS pin then bypass even WPA2 very quickly
    
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I was reading the post. so what do you guys recommend?
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I was reading the post. so what do you guys recommend?
Don't use WPS, just take the time to enter the WPA2 key...
As long as DHCP is enabled that should be all you need to do...
    
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Disable WPS, seriously, do it now.

There is a tool called ReaverWPS that can break the WPS pin then bypass even WPA2 very quickly

 

Ok I know people skim a lot but did you not catch the first line that said I understand why and normally have it de-activated? I only activate it maybe 2 or 3 times a year for an evening when I have guests that I do not want to walk around helping 6 to 8 people punch in a rather LONG password to get on my network...

 

It was a simple technical question that I resolved. It would have been more helpful if instead of a blanket "DONT DO IT! WPS BAD", people could have answered the question and then explained why it is a good idea NOT to have WPS active for those that do not know or understand.

 

I originally wasn't going to post again in this thread because of the first less than useful response but decided the community only improves through sharing information. That information being that WPS would work in the situation I discussed, and any person implementing it should be allowed to make their own threat assessment as to whether they wish to run WPS or not based on information placed forth...

 

So again - WPS button works in this form of setup - leave WPS active at your own risk because it is susceptible to brute force through an automated software. BTW - for those who also do not realize even with WPS disabled many routers are still susceptible to this brute force attack...


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BTW - for those who also do not realize even with WPS disabled many routers are still susceptible to this brute force attack...

Installing DD-WRT should alleviate this issue,
It has no support for WPS.

Correct me if I'm wrong...?
(Though I'm confident I'm right since I 1: Read this on the DD-WRT site and 2: Run DD-WRT myself)
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Ok I know people skim a lot but did you not catch the first line that said I understand why and normally have it de-activated? I only activate it maybe 2 or 3 times a year for an evening when I have guests that I do not want to walk around helping 6 to 8 people punch in a rather LONG password to get on my network...

It was a simple technical question that I resolved. It would have been more helpful if instead of a blanket "DONT DO IT! WPS BAD", people could have answered the question and then explained why it is a good idea NOT to have WPS active for those that do not know or understand.

I originally wasn't going to post again in this thread because of the first less than useful response but decided the community only improves through sharing information. That information being that WPS would work in the situation I discussed, and any person implementing it should be allowed to make their own threat assessment as to whether they wish to run WPS or not based on information placed forth...

You didn't actually say specifically you knew of this issue :-)

Yes, it annoys me too when people don't answer the question being asked.

But I though I did answer it.
My answer was don't use WPS and just enter the key and have the DHCP assign addresses.

Anyway, no need to start a pointless argument, I'm glad your issue is resolved.

PS: Also, someone else viewing this thread might not know about ReaverWPS so I think it's good it was mentioned.
    
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Since defeating WPA2 has been mentioned what vulnerability am I showing the world with my access point(that uses WPA2-PSK) and is a device on LAN1 of my PFsense box.You cannot get to the GUI of either the access point or PFsense unless you are hard cabled (PF with a crossover cable and the access point via a PC on the network.

I have been hitting the net hard to try and get a better idea on wireless security.I have found some items of interest but the net as a source of complete ideas seems to be drying up and what you get are excerpts from someone's book and if you want the rest you must pay up.Or you can sign up on a new forum and take your chances on how your first post is recieved.
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