How To Hide Your WiFi Network SSID From All Users (Including You)

Ankit Singh (Dev)
7 months ago / Updated - December 11, 2016
How To Hide Your WiFi Network SSID From All Users (Including You)
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When it comes to secure home WiFi network, password is the first thing comes in our mind. But if a hacker sees your SSID, it’s easy for him to target your network. Why don’t you hide your network SSID instead of changing your WiFi password every time.

There are so many benefits of hiding SSID. Few things are: Your neighbors didn’t know about your WiFi network, Your friends never ask you for your WiFi password and Your network become more secure from the hacker’s eyes.

I’ve used many different WiFi routers of different vendors. Some popular router vendors like ASUS, D-link, Linksys, Netgear and TP-LINK allows to disable SSID broadcast from the admin dashboard page.

Let’s see how:

  1. Login to your router’s web-based setup page.
    router-login-web-based
  2. Go to basic wireless settings.
    basic-wireless-settings
  3. Find SSID broadcast option.
  4. Disable SSID broadcast.
    SSID-broadcast
  5. Save and reboot your router.

If you can’t find the SSID broadcast option, please follow your vendor link below.

ASUS – http://www.asus.com/uk/support/FAQ/1000912/

Apple airport – http://www.macinstruct.com/node/417

Belkin – http://www.belkin.com/pyramid/AdvancedInfo/F5D7634-4A/Interfaces/F5D7634-4A/wireless_id.stm

D-link – http://www.dlink.com/uk/en/support/faq/routers/wireless-routers/dkt-series/how-do-i-hide-the-ssid-of-my-wireless-network-on-the-dsl-2640b

Linksys – http://www.linksys.com/us/support-article?articleNum=136623

Netgear – http://kb.netgear.com/30230/How-to-hide-your-NETGEAR-wireless-router-SSID-network-name

TP-LINK – http://www.tp-link.com/en/faq-256.html

How to connect with a hidden SSID network?

In order to connect with any hidden WiFi network, you need to find the SSID name first. If you know the SSID and password, simply follow the below steps.

Android: Go to settings > Wi-Fi > Add network > Enter the SSID > Select security > Enter password > Save.

iOS: Go to settings > Wi-Fi > Turn on Wi-Fi > tap ‘Other’ > Enter SSID name > Select security > Enter password > Join.

Windows PC: Go to control panel > network and sharing center > set up a new connection or network > manually connect to a wireless network > Enter network (SSID) name > select security > type password > follow on-screen instructions.

WPA and WPA2 are the two most common and strongest security protocols for wireless network. You should select WPA2-PSK first in security type when adding a WiFi network in your device.