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Updated on May 3, 2022

Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) provides wireless network users support to create secure links between devices. Several wireless routers and IoT devices offer WPS functionality, even some controllers.

UniFi allows users create a secure wireless network among connected devices without requiring WPS. Some devices compatible with UniFi controllers could support WPS functions to offer greater protections against unauthorized access. 

Setting up WPS on UniFi devices is easy, especially when you can rely on correct information. That’s why this guide provides details on vital steps to set, manage, and customize WPS settings on UniFi devices. 

Does UniFi Have WPS?

Currently, UniFi devices do not support WPS directly in their setup. However, Wi-Fi routers and other internet-ready devices with WPS capabilities can work with UniFi. 

UniFi devices receive regular upgrades, so there’s a chance that the WPS function might feature in later models. Most Ubiquiti UniFi devices run on a secure network and have their own firewall to prevent unauthorized access. 

How to Set WPS with UniFi

Step 1: Power up your UniFi device

First, turn on your UniFi and ensure it is connected to a recommended power source. 

Step 2: Connect your Wi-Fi router to UniFi

Next, link up your router to UniFi by accessing your Ubiquiti account and adding it to your network. Some wireless routers feature connectors to make setup with controllers easy. 

Step 3: Open Settings on router

Next, go to your router and open its Settings window. You will be redirected to a list of options to customize how your router works or connects to other devices.

Step 4: Click Network

Select Network from the list of options available. Clicking Network should grant you access to a dedicated network settings window. 

Step 5: Select Set up Network or Connections

After that, click Connections, Set up Network (depends on your router model). 

Step 6: Select Wi-Fi, WLAN, or Wireless LAN

Choose the option provided by your router. After clicking any of Wireless LAN, Wi-Fi, or WLAN, select WPS from the wireless network tab.

Step 7: Select WPS, create and confirm PIN

Next, choose WPS from the list of options and you will be directed to a window to create or edit your password. Enter the characters you want as a WPS password and confirm your settings. 

Setting up WPS on your router will limit access to other devices in the network if they connect from the same uplink. Currently, you cannot merge the WPS settings of your router onto a UniFi device. 

How to Add WPS Client to UniFi Network

Step 1: Go to Settings

Locate the Settings window of your router. Several tabs with different custom settings should be in this window. 

Step 2: Go to Network

Choose Network or Network settings from the tabs in your device menu. 

Step 3: Select Setup Network Connection or Network Setup

Next, click Set Network Connection or Network Setup to customize your Wi-Fi router connectivity options. 

Step 4: Choose Wireless or WLAN

Select Wireless, Wi-Fi, or W-LAN from the list of options. Next, choose Add Network.  

Step 5: Add preferred network, enter WPS password, and click OK

Most routers support automatic addition of networks. Choose your preferred network from all available options, enter the address of your WPS network and click OK or Save.

Step 6: Link Wi-Fi network to UniFi

After adding your new network, connect your router to a UniFi switch with a compatible Ethernet cable. Some versions of UniFi controllers and switches also support wireless linkup with a router. 

How to Connect Wi-Fi Printer to UniFi with WPS

Step 1: Install manufacturer software of your printer

Find the installation software (included in your printer’s packaging or available online). Link the Wi-Fi printer to your computer and install its software. 

Next, connect a suitable data-ready cable from your printer to the UniFi network. 

Step 2: Connect the printer to your UniFi network and manually enter Wi-Fi password

Find your printer’s GUI and locate its Wi-Fi password (different locations depending on model). After connecting the printer to a router, you can link it as a device in your UniFi network. 

Linking the Wi-Fi printer to UniFi doesn’t require any WPS details, as long as your UniFi setup can recognize it. 

Step 4: Disconnect connecting cable after linking

You don’t need to keep the cable connected after linking your Wi-Fi printer to UniFi. Your printer will be recognizable among devices with ease whenever you decide to activate your UniFi account.