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I was wondering if anyone know if it is possible to connect your iPhone/iPad to a router via WiFi Protected Setup (WPS)?

I would like to bypass entering my password on my iOS device and speed pairing similar to how printers can get on the router with a PIN or first attempt.

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No, you cannot do this (source). You should strongly consider not using WPS anyway, as it has a number of documented security issues. Apple has a page which describes recommended router setup for connecting an iOS device, which might help.

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Thanks good answer! :) –  Filip Feb 13 '13 at 13:24
if WPS is the only option then it is better to use it then to leave the network wide open... but we can say that about all the security setups... You know the old saying "if there is a will there is a way". –  TheX Feb 15 '13 at 16:20
@TheX WPS is never the only option. On any network that has WPS configured, there are other authentication mechanisms in place - WPS is just an available shortcut. While it may not be possible to disable WPS on some APs/routers, it's never enforced as the only authentication option. –  Iszi Nov 29 '13 at 4:37
Apple does support WPS on its airport line of routers, so the security risks seem worth the trade off for allowing printers to connect without typing a secure pass code or pass phrase onto the printer without benefit of a full keyboard. –  bmike Mar 13 '14 at 16:11
I'm confused by this answer. The security issues seem to refer to WPS being steadily enabled, but the only way I know WPS on wifi routers is that it can be manually enabled for a few minutes (it will automatically disable itself again afterwards), just so one device can quickly connect without the necessity to manually retype (and probably mistype several times) the password. With the alternative in mind, I'd say WPS can be the only option acceptable to end users; their default reaction when I have to re-type my wifi password on a new mobile device is usually to ask me to simply shorten or ... –  O. R. Mapper Apr 29 '14 at 18:48

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