wyliecoyoteuk wrote:I think this has been done because of the vast numbers of routers out there with the default username, SSID and password.
Many people can't be bothered to change them.
At least this way, each unit has a unique SSID and password.
(I have seen some of these, and the SSID or password is often the serial number, one in France had an 18 digit password).
If you do change them, they can probably be reset.
GregS wrote:Similarly, I would want to reassign the password to something that is NOT displayed on the router for any casual visitor to see...
roseway wrote:That sounds like an excellent reason to change the SSID and password. I certainly wouldn't want Netgear (or anyone else) being able to monitor my setup.
Marrea wrote:I am now trying to find out about WPS which I do not want to use but have not so far found any way to disable. From what little I have read I believe there may be security risks with WPS? The user guide says you can turn it off by pressing the WPS button on the front of the router but all that happens when I do that is the light flashes for a bit and then stays on. It seems to be linked to the wireless on or off button next to it. If I turn the wireless button off, the WPS light goes out and stays out. If I turn the wireless button on, the WPS light also turns on. The WPS button does not appear to work independently of the wireless button as far as I can see.
Paranoia or what.
paulm wrote:I'd be looking hard for ways to disable it in the Netgear....
Marrea wrote: I shall wait and see what happens.
Netgear wrote:Today we are proud to announce the Netgear N301 wireless router with enhanced security customisation options, including the ability to disable WPS! (RRP £59.99)
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