Is WPS really disabled?

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Now days it's all planned obsolesence. No money to be made if nothing changed.
 

iFrogMac

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Now days it's all planned obsolesence. No money to be made if nothing changed.
that's the thing, when the rubber meets the road, WiFi really hasn't changed all that much. For example in my case, I only have one device that's WiFi 6. capable that doesn't also have an Ethernet option. So in a sense right now, it really doesn't really matter which router I choose to use as they'd all be about the same with the majority of my current devices. Two things really stand out to me about a WiFi 6 router over older models:
1. the number of clients they support
2. The little extra speed devices "CAN" use, if they are designed to take advantage of it. From my own experience beyond those two things a wifi 6 router is no better than a WiFi 5 one.
 
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Valid points. WiFi6 capable routers tend to have better processors and memory that alone can make things better. Plus there always tweaking stuff to speed it up and make it better. I have to say though my old AC3100 still works good to this day and gives me full speed. Client devices also play a key role in performance.
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
WPS is 'required' if you want to be able to associate a new AiMesh node wirelessly. Afterward, I always turn it off.
 

bbunge

Part of the Furniture
One funny story about WPS. I used to manage the network in a not-for-profit office. I used an AC68U which served well for several years. I used Merlin firmware on the router, had OpenVPN set so I could manage the network from home and had WPS turned off. One day I got a call from the office that the WIFI did not work. I figured that something had happened to the cable modem or router but the secretary said her computer worked (it was Ethernet connected). I remoted in and discovered the WIFI had been turned off. Bottom line was when WPS is disabled the WPS button turns the WIFI off and on. A bright volunteer wanted to connect his laptop and pressed the WPS button. Presto...no WIFI.
 

bbunge

Part of the Furniture
WPS is 'required' if you want to be able to associate a new AiMesh node wirelessly. Afterward, I always turn it off.
Ah, newer firmware turns WPS on for the AiMesh discover process. Goes off afterward.
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
I haven't seen WPS work like that when adding an AiMesh node (yet).
 

Yota

Very Senior Member
I'm surprised Asus kept it in stock, but to be fair, most routers still ship with it in stock firmware.
Wi-Fi Alliance's Wi-Fi certification needs to support WPS. Most of the popular Asus routers are Wi-Fi certified.


One funny story about WPS. I used to manage the network in a not-for-profit office. I used an AC68U which served well for several years. I used Merlin firmware on the router, had OpenVPN set so I could manage the network from home and had WPS turned off. One day I got a call from the office that the WIFI did not work. I figured that something had happened to the cable modem or router but the secretary said her computer worked (it was Ethernet connected). I remoted in and discovered the WIFI had been turned off. Bottom line was when WPS is disabled the WPS button turns the WIFI off and on. A bright volunteer wanted to connect his laptop and pressed the WPS button. Presto...no WIFI.
I think the current firmware doesn't have this problem, the WPS button will lose functionality after disabling WPS, but the WiFi button is so close it's hard to avoid curious fingers touching it.
 

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