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If you’re the proud owner of a Sky Hub router, you’re probably already au fait with what all of the lights mean (if not, we’re here to help), but one button may remain a mystery: the WPS button.
Does it call out a SWAT-style Wi-Fi Police Service, order a Whopping Prawn Sandwich or perhaps launch a realistic Wombat Polo Simulator? Unfortunately, the truth is rather more prosaic.
WPS stands for Wi-Fi Protected Setup and is there to make connecting your router to wireless devices both easier and quicker. And, crucially, without you needing to enter a password.
How to connect Windows 10 laptops and PCs using WPS on a Sky hub
Adding a new Windows 10 device (be that a laptop or PC) to your Wi-Fi network using Sky’s WPS button is about as straightforward as it gets.
First, make sure that your device’s Wi-Fi is switched on and click on the signal bar icon in the bottom-right of the screen. This will bring up a list of available networks. Choose your network and click Connect.
Instead of entering your password as you usually would, head to your Sky router and hold down the WPS button (the one with downward and upward facing arrows) for at least three seconds. The wireless light directly below the button will flash amber before returning to solid while. When it does, you’re online and ready to plunge into a ten-hour cat video marathon.
How to connect Android devices using WPS on a Sky hub
To connect an Android phone via WPS, hold the button on your Hub until the Wi-Fi light flashes amber. Stand close to the router with your phone and tap through to Settings | Wi-Fi | Advanced settings | WPS connection. Your phone will then automatically connect to the Wi-Fi.
How to connect wireless boosters using WPS on a Sky hub
To set up an official Sky Wireless Booster, move it close to your router. Press the WPS button on your Hub for at least three seconds until the Wi-Fi light flashes amber.
Once that’s blinking, press the WPS button on your booster for (surprise, surprise) at least three seconds until its wireless light flashes amber. Wait for roughly two minutes and, if everything’s been done properly, both the wireless icons will turn solid white to show that you’ve been connected. Unplug the booster and move it to the part of the house it’ll be covering.
If that hasn’t worked, push a paperclip into the reset hole on the back of the booster until both the power and wireless lights flash very quickly. This may take up to 20 seconds so be patient. Once the power light is back to solid white, you can try connecting the booster to the router again.
How to connect printers using WPS on a Sky hub
The process may vary from printer to printer, but it should be simple. Move your printer close to the Hub and press its WPS button (this should be the familiar downward and upward facing arrows). Once that’s done hold down the WPS button on the router until the Wi-Fi light flashes amber. Wait a couple of minutes and the two devices should connect.
Why doesn’t WPS work for me?
Check what kind of encryption your WiFi network is using: WPS only works if you’ve selected WPA Personal or WPA2 Personal.
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