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Disable SSID Broadcasting

by nlamia / November 10, 2005 12:50 AM PST

If I disable SSID broadcasting, how does another computer on my network get the wireless signal? When I've tried it, my wireless laptop has been unable to connect.
thanks,
Nancy

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Security good intentions but they didn't tell you the full..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 10, 2005 1:44 AM PST

You can read about this on google.com, but some connections rely on SSID. You can enable MAC filtering on the router and leave SSID enabled for a step up in security.

Bob

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very true bob
by xxTERRORxx / November 10, 2005 5:58 AM PST

It's better to leave the SSID on, just add encryption and mac address filtering. If you do venture into the realm of no broadcast, you would just have to enter the SSID manually into all computers trying to connect to the network wirlessly.

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Enter SSID in Wireless Connection Settings
by gregc00 / November 10, 2005 10:44 PM PST

You can (well, MUST) enter the SSID name in the Wireless Connection Settings window.

Please be careful if you're using WEP (Wired Equivalency Protocol) as it's notoriously insecure. If your router and PC support WPA (WiFi Protected Access) use that.

Even things like "hiding" your SSID and "restricting" MAC addresses will stop casual users from connecting to your network, but WEP systems can usually be cracked within minutes even with these measures taken.

WEP provides a false sense of security.

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