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Using a WPS client to connect to the Hub

Which Hub do you have?

Hub 3

The Hub 3 has simple and straightforward setup procedure. The Hub 3 broadcasts its network name (SSID), and WiFi-enabled devices can pick up the Hub 3's signal and establish a connection to the network, as long as the correct WiFi network password is entered.

For the vast majority of users, the above setup process is by far the easiest way to create a WiFi connection.

An alternative method for setting up the WiFi connection is to use the Hub 3 Pair WPS feature.

WPS allows you to make a WiFi connection to the Hub 3 without needing to know the network name or password.
 

Advantages and disadvantages of using WPS

Advantages

  • WPS automatically configures the network name (SSID) and WPA security key for the Hub 3 and for WiFi devices that join the network
  • You do not need to know the network name and security keys or passwords to use WPS to join a WiFi network
  • No one can guess your security keys or passphrase because they are randomly generated
  • WPS uses the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP), which is a strong authentication protocol used in WPA2

Disadvantages

  • This technology is fairly new, so not all WiFi equipment supports WPS
  • Ad-Hoc mode does not support WPS. Ad-hoc mode is used when WiFi devices communicate directly to each other without an access point


Considerations before using WPS

In order for WPS to work well, all of the devices that you plan to connect wirelessly to the Hub 3 must support both the WPS and the WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) standards.

If some of your devices are not compatible with WPS, they will need to be connected to your WiFi network first using the standard setup procedure.

For detailed instructions on how to establish a connection via WPS see Using a PIN to add a WPS client to the Virgin Media Hub

Super Hub 1, 2 or 2ac

The Super Hub has simple and straightforward setup procedure. The Super Hub broadcasts its network name (SSID), and WiFi-enabled devices can pick up the Super Hub's signal and establish a connection to the network, as long as the correct network security key (Passphrase) is entered.
 

Advantages and disadvantages of using Push 'N' Connect

Advantages

  • WPS automatically configures the network name (SSID) and WPA security key for the Super Hub and for WiFi devices that join the network
  • You do not need to know the network name and security keys or passphrases to use WPS to join a WiFi network
  • No one can guess your security keys or passphrase because they are randomly generated
  • WPS uses the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP), which is a strong authentication protocol used in WPA2

Disadvantages

  • This technology is fairly new, so not all WiFi equipment supports WPS
  • Ad-Hoc mode does not support WPS. Ad-hoc mode is used when WiFi devices communicate directly to each other without an access point

 

Considerations before using Push 'N' Connect

In order for Push 'N' Connect to work well, all of the devices that you plan to connect wirelessly to the Super Hub must support both the WPS and the WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) standards.

If some of your devices are not compatible with WPS, they will need to be connected to your WiFi network first using the standard setup procedure.

After all of the non-WPS-compatible devices have been connected, any remaining WPS-compatible devices can then be connected via one of the Push 'N' Connect techniques covered in the article Using a PIN to add a WPS client to the Virgin Media Hub.

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