Oct 16, 2014

Airtel 4G router with range extender

Saket Bagade

Ques. I have a Airtel 4G router (ZTE MF29 device) with me. But because I couldn't get enough signal within all rooms of my house; I bough D-Link DIR 505 device. I tried to set it up in "repeater" mode but somehow I couldn't set WPS between these 2 devices. Is WPS mandatory to work? If not, how can I setup DIR-505? What all changes would I need on both the devices? Please note that I haven't changed any of the default settings.

I tried searching your site and found couple of related queries but none of them answered my doubts. Any help would be really appreciated.

Ans. WPS or WIFI protected setup : Created by the Wi-Fi Alliance and introduced in 2006, the goal of the protocol is to allow home users who know little of wireless security and may be intimidated by the available security options to set up Wi-Fi Protected Access, as well as making it easy to add new devices to an existing network without entering long passphrases. 

Methods used for WPS:

The standard emphasizes usability and security, and allows up to four usage modes aimed at a home network user adding a new device to the network:

  • PIN Method, in which a personal identification number (PIN) has to be read from either a sticker or the display on the new wireless device. This PIN must then be entered at the "representant" of the network, usually the access point of the network. Alternately, a PIN on the Access Point may be entered into the new device. The PIN Method is the mandatory baseline mode; every Wi-Fi Protected Setup certified product must support it.
  • Push-Button-Method, in which the user has to push a button, either an actual or virtual one, on both the access point and the new wireless client device. Support of this mode is mandatory for access points and optional for connecting devices.
  • Near-Field-Communication Method, in which the user has to bring the new client close to the access point to allow a near field communication between the devices. NFC Forum compliant RFID tags can also be used. Support of this mode is optional.
  • USB Method, in which the user uses a USB flash drive to transfer data between the new client device and the access point of the network. Support of this mode is optional, but deprecated.

If you are unable to configure through WPS there is always a web browser based configuration method in routers. Please refer to the manuals or the CD that would have come with the device. If you are unable to configure by yourself, let us know in the comments below and we will let you know the steps. 

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