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Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) is a protocol that enables simple establishment of wireless networks without any compromise of network security. It relieves you of the configuration of network names, keys and other cryptographic configurations. WPS can be configured either with a Push Button Configuration or a Personal Identification Number (PIN).
This article explains how to configure WPS Setup on WAP121 and WAP321 Access Points.
Step 1. Log in to the web configuration utility and choose Wireless > WPS Setup. The WPS Setup page opens:
The Supported WPS Version field displays the WPS protocol version that the WAP device supports.
Step 1. Enter the name of the device in the WPS Device Name field.
The following fields are displayed:
• WPS Global Operational Status — Displays whether the WPS protocol is enabled or disabled on the WAP device.
• WPS Device PIN — Displays the system-generated eight-digit WPS PIN for the WAP device. The device PIN is needed when you start WPS enrollment in the client device.
Step 2. (Optional) To generate a new PIN, click Generate.
Security Warning: The Enrollee PIN allows an external registry to reconfigure the wireless network so it must only be used by/given to trusted administrators. There is no expiration on this PIN.
Step 1. Choose an identifier for the instance from the WPS Instance ID drop-down list. The WPS Instance ID field allows you to choose the instance of WPS on which to enroll the device; however, the WAP only supports one instance of WPS.
Step 2. Check the Enable check box in the WPS Mode field to enable WPS in the instance. If WPS mode is disabled then you have to configure the network configuration each time a new wireless device needs to be added.
Step 3. Choose the virtual access point (VAP) associated with the WPS instance from the WPS VAP drop-down list.
Step 4. Check the Enable check box in the WPS Built-in Registrar field to enable the built-in registrar function. The current device becomes the registrar and can easily add additional wireless clients to your network by automatic assignment of the Wireless Network Name (SSID) and WPA/WPA2-PSK security of the wireless device to the client. If WPS built-in registrar is disabled then the new WPS capable device can register with other registrars in the network.
Step 5. Choose one of these settings from the WPS Configuration State drop-down list.
• Unconfigured — Indicates that the VAP settings are configured by WPS, after which the state changes to Configured.
• Configured — Indicates that the VAP settings cannot be configured by the external registrar and retains the present configuration.
Step 6. Click Save to save the changes.
The following information is available:
• WPS Operational Status — Displays the status of the recent WPS transaction.
• AP Lockdown Status field — Displays whether the current instance is in lockdown state, which blocks the other registrars outside the network. The available options are:
– Temporary — The device is lockdown temporarily and the duration of the lockdown.
– Permanent — The device is lockdown permanently.
– AP Lockdown Duration — The time duration for the lockdown in minutes. If it is locked down permanently then the value is set to -1.
– AP Lockdown Timestamp — The time when the device was locked.
• Failed Attempts with Invalid PIN — Displays the number of times the authentication has failed due to incorrect or invalid password.
Step 1. (Optional) To view the current information, then click Refresh.