How to use WPS in Windows 10, to connect PCs and devices to WiFi networks
Did you know that, if you have a Windows 10 laptop, tablet or 2-in-1 device like the Surface Pro, you can use the WPS standard to make quick connections to WiFi networks, without having to type the network password? If you need to use WPS on your Windows 10 device, here’s a complete guide for how to connect to wireless networks in Windows 10, using the WPS standard:
NOTE: If you need a refresh on what WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) is, we recommend that you read this article: What is WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)?
IMPORTANT: For this procedure to work, you need WPS enabled on the wireless router or the access point that broadcasts the WiFi signal in your area. Both the device emitting the wireless signal and the one receiving it must have support for WPS.
Step 1: Open the list of available wireless networks and choose the WiFi that you want to connect to
First, you need to open the list of available wireless networks. The simplest way is to click or tap the wireless icon in the notification area from the desktop. A list is shown with all the WiFi networks that are available in your area. Find the network that you want to use and click or tap on its name. Then, press Connect.
NOTE: Before you press Connect, you can also select if you want to connect automatically to the selected network, each time you are in its coverage area. Choose the behavior that you want to have from Windows 10.
Step 2: Instead of entering the WiFi password, use the WPS button on the router or the access point
You are asked to enter the password for the network that you want to connect to.
Next, go to the wireless router or the access point. Press and hold the WPS button for a couple of seconds.
You will find this button on the back of the router or on one side.
On some wireless devices, like those made by Linksys, the WPS button has no text to label it as such. Instead, the button uses the WPS symbol highlighted below.
After a couple of seconds, you notice that Windows 10 automatically receives the wireless settings from the router (or access point) and connects to the WiFi network by itself, without you entering the password.
Now you are connected to the wireless network using WPS. The next time you connect to this network from the same Windows 10 computer or device, you won't need to use the WPS button again, because the router has transferred all the required settings to Windows 10, including the security password. Windows 10 stores these details and uses them automatically, when it has to make future connections to the same network.
If you want to share files, folders, and devices with others on the network that you have connected to, it is a good idea to change the network profile setting in Windows 10. You can learn how it is done, from this guide: Change your Windows 10 network location to Private or Public, in 3 steps.
Can I connect using the client PIN code for WPS?
The WPS standard also allows devices to connect using a PIN code. One eight-digit PIN code is generated by the wireless router (or access point) and another by the client that wants to connect to the WiFi network. Unfortunately, Windows 10 does not generate a client PIN code that you can use for WPS connections. You can get the client PIN only if your wireless network card has a special application that generates it for you. Unfortunately, on the systems that we are using, we do not have such apps, so we cannot show how this method works.
As you can see from this guide, connecting to wireless networks in Windows 10, using WPS is quick and easy. Anyone can do it, and you will need to read this guide only the first time you do it. If you have any questions or problems, don’t hesitate to comment below.