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WPS equivalent for wired access points?

Posted on 2012-04-13
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Hi,
Is there a standard similar to Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) for access points connected to a wireless router using an ethernet cable?
I am thinking of a simple way to make all the access points inherit the SSID and encryption settings from the "main" wireless router without having to enter the settings manually in each access point?
If I for instance change the WPA2 password on the wireless router all the access point should automatically adopt it so to me it would seem like there would be only one wireless router to maintain.

I basically want something that works as simple as a wireless range extender like this:
http://www.netgear.com/home/products/wireless-range-extenders/WN3000RP.aspx
but I want to connect it to my router using an ethernet cable instead of using the wireless network. So i guess I need an access point (not set to WDS).
As I understand it you just push the WPS button on your wireless router and then push the WPS button on each of the range extenders, place them around your house, and then you have extended your network range. No need to enter/maintain SSIDs and passwords in each of the range extenders. If I change the SSID or encryption settings on the wireless router I assume the range extenders automatically discover this.
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First off, WPS is usually very insecure and puts your network at risk of unauthorized devices gaining access to your network.
http://techlogon.com/2012/01/04/wps-security-flaw-may-put-your-wi-fi-network-at-risk/

For what you want, capabilities would vary by manufacturer and would be proprietary. Generally, this would fall under the category of wireless LAN controllers such as the ones from Cisco. They are enterprise products with enterprise pricing!

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6302/Products_Sub_Category_Home.html
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