iPhone iOS14 recognizing the range extender wireless network as "weak security"

iPhone iOS14 recognizing the range extender wireless network as "weak security"
iPhone iOS14 recognizing the range extender wireless network as "weak security"
2020-10-16 03:58:25 - last edited 2022-07-13 02:15:06
Model: Range Extender  
Hardware Version:
Firmware Version:

Problem phenomenon:

If you have since updated your iPhone you may see the range extender’s Wi-Fi shown as having weak security. This is due to the range extender supporting the mixed WPA/WPA2 (AES/TKIP) by default for compatibility purposes. The iPhone now recognizes WPA as a weak security type. This may also be the same with other security suites with a similar notification.

 

 

Why range extender network is displayed as “Weak Security”?

A range extender is essentially a device that connects to an existing Wi-Fi hotspot and repeats the signal, so generally, it will generate the wireless security of the host Wi-Fi hotspot. While the default wireless security of the TP-Link range extender itself was auto, it supports WPA2+AES, as well as older WPA+TKIP for compatibility with older devices. Even though your iOS device recognizes the range extender network as weak security, it connects to the network with the stronger WPA2+AES by default, so there won’t be any security concerns upon to this point. 

 

 

Troubleshooting : What to do if  IOS devices  shows ' weak security'? 

 

Steps 1

Make sure main router is on WPA2-PSK (AES)  and IOS devices does not show' weak security' when connected to main router

Here is a related guide to check security type on router: 

Why my iOS14 warning weak security when I connect to TP-Link Wi-Fi

 

Step 2

Confirm Range extender is on the latest firmware : 

Download the latest firmware for range extender from tp-link Download Center or make sure firmware is up-to-date on TP-Link Tether APP. 

(select hardware version first before download the corresponding latest firmware)
 

Step 3

Restore the range extender to the factory default settings and re-associate the host Wi-Fi through the web page Quick Setup  Guidance is as below:

https://www.tp-link.com/support/faq/2485/

 

RESET: with RE powered on, use a pin to push the reset hole until all the LEDs flash once 

Note: if  you use Tether app to install Range extender, update Tether app in Google Play or APP store first before set up. 

 

If the above does not fix the problem, please report back with some information to help locate the issue:  

1.  Model of router & a photo of the wireless security settings on router

2. firmware and hardware version of range extender, better to attach a photo showing weak security

3. do you use Web or Tether to set up the extender

 

Note:

If some of your devices cannot connect to the whole Wi-Fi network after these modifications, you may need to change the wireless security back.

Let the community know if you have any further inquiries, thanks a lot~

 

 

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What should I do if Internet speed becomes slow via Range Extender?

 

 

 

 

 

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Re:iPhone iOS14 recognizing the range extender wireless network as "weak security"-Solution
2021-02-22 05:52:08 - last edited 2022-07-06 01:19:42

2022/06 Update 

 

'Weak  security '   has been fixed for many RE models on the latest firmware ( mostly are fixed on 202009XX firmware or later firmware)  , make sure RE's firmware is up-to-date first

 

Fixed on official Firmware  :  

 

Note: factory reset your range extender and reinstall it after you install the latest firmware for your range extender. 

Reset: with RE powered on ,use a pin to press the reset hole until all the LEDs flash once.

 

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Re:iPhone iOS14 recognizing the range extender wireless network as "weak security"
2020-10-16 17:10:16

@Solla-topee as previously asked: is any fix expected for RE200 and by when?

 

KR

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Re:iPhone iOS14 recognizing the range extender wireless network as "weak security"
2020-10-21 16:27:09

@Solla-topee We all know that the above instructions do not work for RE450 v3 and you have primised a firmware update to get this working. When is the firmware expected? 

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Re:iPhone iOS14 recognizing the range extender wireless network as "weak security"
2020-10-22 02:58:17

Hello, Good day!

@hugo11 , thank you very much for your time and patience.

Sorry for the inconvenience, for the RE200 v1& V2, we have reported the beta request to the senior engineers already and it might take some time.

@saisrujan , Yes, we do have the plan to release the firmware to fix this issue and our senior engineers are working on it but the estimated date is still not clear;

 

Thanks a lot for your understanding and support.

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Re:iPhone iOS14 recognizing the range extender wireless network as "weak security"
2020-10-23 13:11:28

@Solla-topee

Hi there, is there any update on when the new firmware will be available for the RE650 to resolve this issue?

Thanks, Gopha

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Re:iPhone iOS14 recognizing the range extender wireless network as "weak security"
2020-10-26 01:42:00
Good day, beta firmware has been sent already, and please check your message box. Thanks a lot.
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iPhone iOS14 recognizing the RE205 V1 range extender wireless network as "weak security"
2020-10-30 07:01:59

I have same issue that iPhone ios14 recognises the WiFi connection as Weak with RE205 V1 extender. By when will the new firmware be released ?

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Re:iPhone iOS14 recognizing the range extender wireless network as "weak security"
2020-10-31 12:50:10

@Solla-topee 

 

Hi,

 

We are still waiting for the new firmware (RE450 V3).

 

This security breach is not acceptable and is taking too long to be fixed.

 

When will the new firmware be released ??

 

Thank you

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Re:iPhone iOS14 recognizing the range extender wireless network as "weak security"
2020-11-01 17:27:04

@Solla-topee may I please have access to the beta firmware for the RE650v1?

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Re:iPhone iOS14 recognizing the range extender wireless network as "weak security"
2020-11-02 01:28:02

@colinjmatt 

Good day,

The beta firmware has been sent already and please have a check of the message box.

Thanks a lot.

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Re:iPhone iOS14 recognizing the range extender wireless network as "weak security"
2020-11-04 19:33:21

@Solla-topee I am also waiting for the updated firmware for RE200 - if any beta will be available - please let us know

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