How to Connect Samsung Galaxy S3 to Wi-Fi Router using WPS ?

I’ve been reading through some of the Android forums and found that quite a number of Galaxy S3 users complained about their phones couldn’t get connected to their home routers.

In most of the threads, many helpful members came forward to offer their suggestions and experiences on how to resolve this frustrating issue.

One of the suggestions that came out quite a few times is using the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) feature to connect your Galaxy S3 to the Wi-Fi router.

WPS is a standard created for easy and secure wireless network set up. Easy because using either the Push Button or PIN method, a device can get connected to the Wi-Fi router without the need to deal with network name (SSID) and wireless security by hand.

And most routers installed after year 2007 should have WPS feature. However, to my knowledge, not every brand is using the same term. For example, Netgear is using the term Push ‘n’ Connect for WPS. So, you should check your router’s user manual to confirm the availability of this feature.

For those whose routers support WPS, I’m going to show you how to use these 2 methods – Push Button or PIN to connect your Galaxy S3 to the Wi-Fi router.

As I’m using my home router, D-Link DIR615 for this tutorial, the network name (SSID) net-107 and WPA2 security has all been setup prior to this. Now, I just have to enable the WPS to show you how I can connect the phone to it without using the security key.

If you have a different router, very likely the settings will be different. But, I do hope the steps below offer you a general idea on how to deal with WPS, and then do it according to your home router’s configuration.

Connect Galaxy S3 to Wi-Fi router with WPS Buttons

  1. Enable WPS feature on your home router.(Kindly refer to your router’s user manual for this step)
  2. On your phone, go to home Settings > Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap on the AP (or network name) that has WPS available, and then tick Show advanced options.
  4. Select Push button from the WPS drop-down menu and tap Connect.
    Push Button Selection
  5. Now, press the physical WPS button on your router. D-Link DIR615 has it on the side.
    DIR-615_router
  6. A successful connection should have Connected status on the network name.

Note: If the first time isn’t working, try to disable/enable Wi-Fi on your phone and try again.

Connect Galaxy S3 to home router with WPS router’s PIN

  1. Enable WPS feature on your home router. (Kindly refer to your router’s user manual for this step)
  2. On your phone, go to home Settings > Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap the AP (or network name) that has WPS available, and then tick Show advanced options.
  4. Select PIN from access point from WPS drop down menu, and then enter the PIN in Enter PIN from access point field. For my D-Link DIR615, the PIN is displayed at the bottom of the router or on the configuration screen.
    Router WPS Pin Setup
    WPS Router Pin
  5. A successful connection should have Connected status on the network name.

Connect Galaxy S3 to Wi-Fi router with WPS phone’s PIN

  1. Enable WPS feature on your home router. (Kindly refer to your router’s user manual for this step)
  2. On your phone, go to home Settings > Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap the AP (or network name) that has WPS available, and then tick Show advanced options.
  4. Select PIN from this device from the WPS drop down menu and tap Connect.
    WPS PIN From This Device Option
  5. Now, you should see a window showing the PIN that you need to enter on your router within 2 minutes.
    WPS Phone PIN
  6. In  D-Link DIR615, I need to click the Add Wireless Device with WPS option on the Wireless Setup page.
    Add Wireless Device with WPS Optioin
  7. Enter the PIN given on the phone on the PIN field and click Connect.Add Wireless Device with WPS PIN
  8. A successful connection should have Connected status on the network name.

(Find a list of tips and tricks for Samsung Galaxy S3 and Android here.)

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