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How does the Virgin Media Super Hub's Push 'N' Connect (WPS) feature work?

This article is recommended to advanced users only.

The Virgin Media Super Hub has a simple and straightforward setup procedure. The Super Hub broadcasts its network name (SSID), and wireless-enabled devices can pick up the Super Hub's signal and establish a connection to the network, as long as the correct network security key (Passphrase) is entered.

For the vast majority of users, the above setup process is by far the easiest way to create a wireless connection.

An alternative method for setting up the wireless connection is to use the Super Hub's Push 'N' Connect feature, which is NETGEAR's implementation of the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) standard.

Push 'N' Connect allows you to make a wireless connection to the Super Hub without needing to know the Super Hub's network name or network security key.

Advantages and disadvantages of using Push 'N' Connect

Advantages

  • WPS automatically configures the network name (SSID) and WPA security key for the Super Hub and for wireless devices that join the network.
  • You do not need to know the network name and security keys or passphrases to use WPS to join a wireless network.
  • No one can guess your security keys or passphrase because they are randomly generated.
  • WPS uses the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP), which is a strong authentication protocol used in WPA2.

Disadvantages

  • This technology is fairly new, so not all wireless equipment supports WPS.
  • Ad-Hoc mode does not support WPS. Ad-hoc mode is used when wireless devices communicate directly to each other without an access point.
Considerations before using Push 'N' Connect

In order for Push 'N' Connect to work well, all of the devices that you plan to connect wirelessly to the Super Hub must support both the WPS and the WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) standards.

If some of your devices are not compatible with WPS, they will need to be connected to your wireless network first using the standard setup procedure. After all of the non-WPS-compatible devices have been connected, any remaining WPS-compatible devices can then be connected via one of the Push 'N' Connect techniques covered in the below articles.

How to make a wireless connection via Push 'N' Connect (WPS)

If you have our Push2Sync USB adapter, connecting to the Super Hub via Push 'N' Connect is easy – simply follow this guide.

There are a couple of other ways to establish a connection via Push 'N' Connect. Please see the following guides for detailed instructions.