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Question: Updating router to WPA3

My current WiFi is “weak security...WPA and WPA2. How do I change to WPA3?

iPad Mini 5, iPadOS 14

Posted on Dec 4, 2020 9:19 AM


Dec 10, 2020 9:21 AM in response to Bucklian In response to Bucklian

Hello Bucklian,

Welcome to the Apple Support Communities, and wee understand wanting to upgrade the security of your Wi-Fi for your iPad and will explain.

WPA3 security will need to be set by your router or access point for your Wi-Fi. It is a newer type of security while not required is recommended. Your router would have to support this specific protocol. For more information about if your router is able to use this or how to set it up, you may have to reach out to the manufacturer for specific steps.

You can learn more about recommended settings for routers here: Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access points

Enjoy your day.

Dec 10, 2020 9:21 AM

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Dec 10, 2020 3:40 PM in response to Bucklian In response to Bucklian

Nothing is broken - but your WiFi network may benefit from update in either settings or improved hardware...

Your iPad is no less secure today than it was prior to the update to iPadOS14. However, your iPad is now better able to [warn] bring to your attention security deficiencies of your WiFi network and iPad settings.

This support page will describe the more secure (recommended) settings for WiFi:

Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access points – Apple Support

It is possible that your WiFi Router is too old to be (or not capable of being) configured for more secure settings. As such, you can either configure the most secure settings that your Router will support - or replace your Router with something more advanced that provides better security configuration options. 

Whilst WPA3 is the newest standard, you should aim to use WPA2 (AES-PSK) as a minimum. Some Routers seemingly continue to support the insecure/deprecated TKIP standards - even when apparently configured for WPA2 operation; TKIP will definitely cause a security warning to appear. Be aware that if you are using a WiFi network extender, these may continue to use weaker security standards - and continue to trigger a warning.

There is a also new privacy feature included within iOS/iPadOS14 that hides your physical MAC Address - and instead uses a randomly selected Private MAC Address. This feature can be enabled/disabled on your iPhone/iPad for each configured WiFi Network. This feature also has bearing upon the appearance of the Weak Security notifications.

More information about this new feature can be found here:

Use private Wi-Fi addresses in iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and watchOS 7 – Apple Support

If you are unable to employ more secure security settings on your WiFi network, you might consider replacement of your WiFi network equipment, such as your WiFi Router, with more advanced equipment. However, if the router is provided by your ISP, this may not be practical proposition. A potentially cheaper and more flexible approach might be to add an additional upstream WiFi Router, of WiFi Access Point (AP) that meets the required standards.

I hope this information provides some helpful insight into ways to resolve the WiFi Security warnings that you might observe after updating to iPadOS14.

Dec 10, 2020 3:40 PM

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