A wireless network that connects devices to the internet using radio frequency signals is known as Wi-Fi. A fundamental component of modern, technological devices since it was developed in 1997. Smartphones and computers are almost universal. Wi-Fi may not be as important to others as they may think! Because people find Wi-Fi to be essential, Wi-Fi connection are installed in homes, offices, and public places. To share Internet service with all the devices at home or work, Wi-Fi networks are used by everyone with Internet access.
Most Wi-Fi networks in the modern world are password-protected. Public Wi-Fi networks have become more secure as well. You will often find the passwords of places you visit posted in the building to protect the bandwidth from thieves and encrypt the data transmission. Several methods have been designed to allow guests to access the network without knowing a password, but it isn’t as easy as it seems. Here are various methods you can use to connect to my Wi-Fi without a password.
Nevertheless, please note that attempting to gain access to anyone’s Wi-Fi network without their permission is an offense against good manners (and even the law). Before you use any of the methods described below, make sure you have the permission of the network owner.
Using WPS to Connect Without a Password:
Wi-Fi Protected Setup is also known as WPS. Using the WPA or WPA2 Personal security protocol, WPS functions on networks using an older technology. The Device Provisioning Protocol, which replaced WPS, will be discussed in the following section.
- By eliminating the technobabble, WPS refers to the fact that guests can create a network connection to a Wi-Fi router by pushing a button instead of entering a password if the router is physically accessible. When you were in a public place, you likely did not have access to the routers. However, in a residential setting, you might be able to use WPS if the tenant or homeowner allowed you to touch their router.
- In a home or small office environment, WPS was a common way to connect guest users. Since individuals in a building or a suite of rooms did not physically possess the router, they had no way to sneakily access the network. Access to your Wi-Fi network was restricted to people you invited in. Rather than typing a 16-digit security code on a smartphone’s tiny keyboard, it is easier to tap a button on the router’s control panel.
- It is very easy to use WPS. Usually all you need to do is ensure that your smartphone (Android 9 or earlier) or other guest device is set up properly, and make sure you have physical access to the router. This is how to do it.
Using WPS Instead of a Password:
- From the Home screen, launch the “Settings” app.
- The Internet and Network Settings can be found under “Settings”.
- To connect to Wi-Fi, tap the icon.
- Select “Connect by WPS” from the menu.
- Once you have pressed the “WPS button,” you should see a dialog box tell you what to do.
- The WPS handshake protocol will shut down in about 30 seconds, then you’ll have to repeat the process. If you haven’t already done so, press the “WPS button” – it will usually be clearly marked as such.
- Unless you tell your device to forget the Wi-Fi connection, your phone should automatically connect to the Wi-Fi network.
The WPS protocol was a convenient and practical way to connect to Wi-Fi networks without passwords. It is susceptible to password and SSID hacking, mainly from hacked Internet of Things (IoT) devices and brute force attacks on PINs. As part of its Android 9 update, Apple removed WPS support and Apple refused to support the WPS standard. According to this statement, we won’t be able to use this feature with our newer tech. We have already mentioned a part of this above.
Routing Without a Password in Guest Mode:
Using a “Guest” Wi-Fi connection is another way to connect without a password. Different from connecting as a guest to a secured network previously discussed. Guest networks, as you may be aware, are unsecured/unencrypted Wi-Fi networks that do not require passwords. Typically, the router’s settings allow for the setting of a password if the user desires one.
In most public places which provide free Wi-Fi, the guest connection is available without a password. You may have to agree to the details of the service depending on the network you are using, which may appear as a browser popup. Once you select “Agree” or “Accept,” you’ll have access to Wi-Fi. It is possible for a business to set bandwidth limits and the connection isn’t secure through encryption for a guest network without any password. It’s probably fine for your mountaintop cabin or your summer residence on Mars, however. Any device can use guest networks.
WiFi Access Using QR Codes without a Password
QR codes can be used instead of WPS Wi-Fi networks to access someone’s network. It is important to keep in mind that using QR code requires some technical expertise and time. In some routers, the SSID and default password information are located near the QR code. Unfortunately, this method only works for SSIDs and passwords that were initially set during installation.
Newer routers may also have QR codes for Wi-Fi Easy Connect TM or DPP connections instead of WPS. We will discuss DPP further below. A QR code that has been printed on the router will no longer work if the SSID name or password have been changed. It does have that disadvantage, however smartphones and tablets usually use this method since laptops typically do not have a QR scanner or app.
Accessing a Wi-Fi network using a QR Code on a Router:
- Make sure that QR code scanning is enabled in the camera app settings on your iPhone. Then skip to Step 3. If you are an Android user, continue to Step 2.
- Open the QR code scanning app for Android.
- Scan the QR code on the back of the router using the QR code app (Android/iOS) or camera app (iOS/iPhone).
- Now you should receive a notification that indicates that you have been connected to the Wi-Fi network. Tap the Wi-Fi SSID to browse.
Connecting Without a Router Password Using the DPP Protocol:
- On Android 10 and higher, go to “Wi-Fi Settings.”
- Find “Accent Point” at the bottom. The “scan icon” is located on the right side of the “Add Network” row.
- Click it to open a QR code reader. If you are using a phone as a configurator, scan the QR code on the device. You can scan QR codes on any device. “Step 4” should be followed if there is no QR code available.
- A PIN can be entered if the device does not have a QR code.
- You’re done! The rest is handled by the device. If an internet connection is available, you have now connected to the network. Scan the QR code from any new device to connect.