Wifi refers to a wireless network that uses radio frequency signals to link devices to the internet. It has played an essential part in the modern and technical world we live in since its inception in 1997. Almost everyone uses smartphones and laptops. Others may be unable to envision their lives without wifi! Wifi is deployed in homes, offices, and public spaces because people consider it necessary. Almost everyone with Internet access uses a wifi network to distribute that service to their devices at home or work.
Even public wifi has begun to be controlled in today’s society, with the vast majority of wifi networks being password-protected. Many locations you visit have their password posted on the premises to help prevent bandwidth thieves from breaking in and encrypt data transmissions on the inside. However, manufacturers have devised many ways for a guest user to gain access to the network without knowing a password for the sake of convenience, and it’s straightforward but not as simple as you might believe. You’ll learn how to connect to wifi without a password in this post.
Please keep in mind that gaining access to someone’s wifi network without their permission is a breach of good manners (and maybe the law). So before you utilize any of these methods, be sure you have the network owner’s permission.
Using WPS to Connect Without a Password
Wifi Protected Setup (WPS) is an acronym for wifi Protected Setup. WPS is a security standard that works with WPA Personal or WPA2 Personal security protocols on networks. WPS has been phased out in favor of DPP (Device Provisioning Protocol), covered in the following section.
Note: Instead of WPS, Android 10 and later use the more secure DPP wifi connection (wifi Easy ConnectTM). This area was kept for older WPS-enabled devices.
WPS stands for “Wifi Protected Setup” and refers to a wifi router that is physically accessible to guests. Rather than providing a password, guests can create a network connection to the router simply by pressing a button on the router. That is where the phrase “not as easy” came from. You didn’t have access to the routers in most public places, but you COULD utilize WPS in a domestic situation if the tenant or homeowner agreed to let you “touch” their router.
In a home or small business setting, WPS was a frequent means of connecting guest users. People outside the building or in a set of rooms couldn’t steal wifi service because they didn’t have physical access to the router. Without a password, only the people you invited were allowed to connect to your wifi network. In addition, it’s far easier to press a button on the router’s control panel than it is to type a 16-digit random security code into a smartphone’s tiny keyboard.
It’s quite easy to use WPS. In general, all you need to do is make sure your smartphone (Android 9 or earlier) or another guest device has the proper settings and that you can physically reach the router. Here’s how to go about it.
Note: Depending on your operating system and version, the exact instructions may differ significantly.
- Launch the “Settings” app from the Home screen.
- Go to the “Network and internet settings” section of the menu.
- Tap on “Wifi.”
- Select “Additional settings.”
- Select “Connect via WPS button” from the drop-down menu.
- A dialog box should appear, instructing you to press the router’s “WPS button.”
- Before the WPS handshake procedure shuts down, you have roughly 30 seconds to complete this step, after which you must repeat it. If you haven’t previously, press the “WPS button”—it’s usually clearly labeled with “WPS.”
- Unless you tell your device to forget the wifi connection, your phone should automatically connect to the network, and you shouldn’t have to repeat these procedures.
Note: Instead of a button, some routers include a WPS PIN. You’ll need to go into your Internet settings and choose that option, then enter the PIN generally printed on a sticker under the router.
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WPS was a great way to connect to a wifi network without having to enter a password. It was, however, vulnerable to password and SSID hacking, mostly via compromised Internet of Things (IoT) devices and brute force PIN entry. Apple declined to support the WPS standard, and Android’s Android 9 updates removed the option. This means that we won’t be able to do it with our newer technology. Of course, you’ve already read a portion of what I’ve said above.
Using DPP/wifi Easy Connect™ to Connect to Routers without a Password
WPS security connections were replaced with DPP security connections in Android 10 and later, resulting in a tighter seal on data transmission and a more accessible device connecting to networks and routers without a password. This form of connection is now known as “Wifi Easy ConnectTM,” It uses DPP connectivity rather than WPS.
Note: wifi Easy Connect is not the same as wifi Direct, which establishes a network between devices.
DPP and wifi Easy Connect™ Features:
- The connection uses WPA3 security.
- The connection enables wifi devices to connect to the router without the need for an SSID or password.
- The connection enables devices to join wifi networks without requiring an SSID and password (with a router [or without a router using a device to handle connections]).
- The protocol uses NFC tags, QR codes, Bluetooth LE, and human-readable character strings (the good ol’ SSID/password combo).
Connect your smartphone to the router to better understand the technology, then use the phone as a configurator to connect more devices to the network. The router then connects to all connected devices, providing an internet connection and a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) connection. Your phone merely acts as a connector for connecting gadgets to the network, and multiple devices can act as a configurator.
Here’s how to connect to routers without a password using DPP.
- On Android 10+, go to “Wifi Settings.”
- To get to the bottom of the “Accent Point” list, scroll down. On the right side of the “Add Network” row, hit the “scan icon.”
- A QR Code Scanner displays on the screen. If you’re using a phone as the configurator, scan the QR code on the device or digitally within it. Any device that has a QR code can be scanned. Skip to “Step 4” if no QR code is available.
- If no QR code is available on the configurator device, seek a PIN and enter that instead.
That concludes our discussion. The rest is taken care of by your device. You now have a network connection and, if available, an internet connection. Any new gadget scans a QR code and joins the network immediately.
Router Guest Mode Without a Password
Setting up an unprotected guest network on your router is another option for sharing wifi connectivity with visitors. Due to the lack of encrypted data transmission and an open connectivity method is not the ideal option (security risks), but it works. You must be a network administrator to set up a guest network on your router. Nearly all current routers support the guest network feature, and the password on the guest network can be left blank (or have an elementary password that is easily entered and shared).
If you’re close to other individuals, a guest network with no password or an easily guessed trivial password isn’t secure. However, it’s probably fine for a mountainside lodge or a second residence on Mars. Any device type will be able to connect to a guest network.
To set up a guest network on your router, follow these steps:
- Paste your router’s IP address into the address bar of your computer’s browser. 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 are the most common addresses. Your router’s IP address is nearly always printed somewhere.
- Use your administrator credentials to log into the router.
- You’ll need to find the Guest Network option once you’ve logged in. It’ll most likely be in the Wireless Settings section.
- Find and enable Guest Network.
- Next, give your guest network a name (its SSID) and a password (we recommend using the standard network name and adding “- Guest”). You can use a simple phrase like “Ourhouse” or “guest-password.” It’s also possible to leave it blank.
- Click the Save button to confirm the settings and create the network.
Another benefit of a guest network is that you can limit the bandwidth for the guest network (using your router’s control panel software) so that your house visitors or neighbor’s kids couldn’t do their 50-gigabyte torrenting on your account.
Using a QR Code to Access wifi Without a Password
You can always use QR codes instead of passwords to gain access to someone’s wifi network or allow them to use yours. Keep in mind that the QR code method is a little more complicated and necessitates some technical knowledge. It would be faster to write down the password and give it to your visitor, but this is a better solution for some people. Here are the fundamental procedures for scanning a QR code to share someone’s wifi.
- Go to the QR Stuff QR code generator using your friend’s computer’s browser.
- The data type menu is located on the left side of the screen. Next to the wifi Login option, select the radio button.
- The network owner should next enter the network name (SSID) and password. They should also choose the type of network from the drop-down selection.
- When the site generates a QR code, print it on a blank piece of paper.
- On your phone, open any QR code scanning app. If you don’t already have one, go to Google Play and download this one, which is quite popular, well-reviewed, and free. If you have an iPhone, you can use the built-in camera app.
- Use your phone to scan the code. This should connect you to the wifi network automatically.
Alternatively, you can transform the QR code into an NFC tag using a third-party program. With the WiFiKeyShare app, this is how it’s done.
- Download the app from Google Play on your friend’s phone.
- Once the download is complete, launch the app.
- Let your friend enter their network’s parameters to generate the QR code.
- When the code appears, tap the NFC tab to see its NFC equivalent.
- You can send the NFC tag to your phone. Because all Android versions from Lollipop 5.0 and newer support NFC tags, you should be able to connect to the wifi network without issue.
A word of caution: ALWAYS keep your wifi connection secure.
Accessing wifi without a Password
So now you know how to join a wifi network without a password. Of course, always be cautious when using open networks; after all, you never know who might be eavesdropping on them.
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