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Turning off Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) in Verizon FiOS MI424WR Wireless Routers

Turning off Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) in Verizon FiOS MI424WR Wireless Routers

Turning off Wi Fi Protected Setup (WPS) in Verizon FiOS MI424WR Wireless RoutersTL;DR – Verizon FiOS MI424WR Rev. E wireless router has the WPS button but does not have WPS support as of firmware release 20.19.7.

If you have been tracking the WiFi Protected Setup security issue and have a Verizon FiOS Wireless Router confirming if you device has WPS enabled is not 100% clear.

Normally, one of the below would indicate WPS support and that it is most likely enabled.

1) If device supports WiFi Protected Setup it will have WPS logo below on device. In my case no sticker on device.

Turning off Wi Fi Protected Setup (WPS) in Verizon FiOS MI424WR Wireless Routers

2) If service provider has enabled WPS by default a service sticker will most likely show PIN. Again no WPS PIN on sticker.

Turning off Wi Fi Protected Setup (WPS) in Verizon FiOS MI424WR Wireless Routers

3) Check to see if device has a WPS button. OK confused now…device has a WPS button.

Turning off Wi Fi Protected Setup (WPS) in Verizon FiOS MI424WR Wireless Routers

Turning off Wi Fi Protected Setup (WPS) in Verizon FiOS MI424WR Wireless Routers

4) Check admin interface for WPS enable/disable option. I log into admin interface and look at Basic Security Settings and Advanced Security Settings. Don’t see any mention of WPS.

The user guide from Verizon website for the MI424WR Rev. E does not mention WPS but the hardware is made by Actiontec and user guide from Actiontec.com has info below.

Actiontec Wireless Broadband Router (Rev E) for Verizon FiOS User Guide.

“WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) is an easier way to set up a wireless network. Instead of entering passwords or multiple keys on each wireless client (laptop, printer, external hard drive, etc.), the FiOS Router can create a wireless network that only requires the pressing of buttons (one on the FiOS Router, and one on the client [either built-in, or on a compatible wireless card]) to allow wireless clients to join the FiOS Router’s wireless network. Although the WPS button is included on the FiOS Router, WPS functionality will not be enabled until a future firmware release. The button is included so that WPS can be activated at a later date without having to physically change the FiOS Router. The GUI does not include the WPS option[source].

If you have a different Verizon FiOS router go to this page for user manuals.

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