Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) is a feature on many routers that allows for easy connection of devices to a Wi-Fi network without entering a password. However, WPS can be considered a security risk, as it can be exploited by attackers to gain access to your network. Therefore, it might be a good idea to disable WPS, especially if you’re not using it.
Here is a general guide on how to disable WPS on a D-Link router:
Step 1: Access the Router’s Web Interface
- Open a web browser from a computer or device connected to your router’s network.
- Type the router’s IP address into the browser’s address bar. Common D-Link IP addresses are
- Press Enter, and you will be taken to the D-Link login page.
Step 2: Log in to the Router
- Enter the username and password for the router. If you haven’t changed these from the default, they are often “admin” for the username and “admin” or blank (no password) for the password. The exact default credentials can usually be found on the bottom of the router or in the manual.
- Click the login button to access the router’s settings.
Step 3: Navigate to WPS Settings
- Look for the Wireless or WPS settings tab in the router’s web interface. The exact location can vary depending on the model of your router, but it’s typically under the “Wireless” or “Wi-Fi” settings.
- In some D-Link interfaces, you might find WPS settings under “Setup” or “Network Settings”.
Step 4: Disable WPS
- Once you find the WPS settings, look for an option to enable or disable WPS.
- Change the setting to “Disabled” or uncheck the box next to WPS to disable it.
- There might also be an “Enable WPS” checkbox or a button that you can toggle off.
Step 5: Save and Apply the Changes
- Look for a “Save,” “Apply,” or “OK” button to save your changes.
- The router may need to reboot for the changes to take effect.
Step 6: Confirm WPS is Disabled
- After the router reboots, log back into the router as before.
- Go back to the WPS settings to ensure that WPS is indeed disabled.
Step 7: Update Firmware (Optional)
- It’s also a good practice to ensure your router’s firmware is up to date, as updates can provide security patches and improvements.
- Look for a “Firmware” or “Update” section in the router’s settings to check for updates.
- If you’re having trouble finding the WPS setting, refer to the router’s manual or the D-Link support website for model-specific instructions.
- Some routers have a physical WPS button that might need to be disabled via software settings, or it can have a software lock.
- If you have customized your router’s IP address, username, or password and have forgotten them, you may need to perform a factory reset on the router. However, this will erase all your settings.
By disabling WPS on your D-Link router, you’ve taken a step towards making your network more secure. Always remember to keep your router’s firmware updated and to periodically review your security settings.