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'Hidden' Network

I have windows 10. When I open my network icon, I see my network ('secured), I see my neighbor's network (also secured), but just today I saw something that's never been there before - a listing for a 'hidden network.' Does anyone have any idea what this is?

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ssid is hidden in router

you can hide your ssid in the router settings making it a hidden network.

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'Hidden Network'

What is SSID? As you can tell, I'm not very computer literate. I didn't (or don't think) I hid anything and it's never been there before, so I was wondering.

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'Hidden Network'

Does this mean that MY network is hidden or I'm just showing a network in the area that is someone else's and it IS hidden?

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It's someone else's router

and they don't want anyone to know the name of their router. The SSID is just the name of a router and you can give it any name. "Hidden" just means the name isn't openly broadcast. While it's a wee bit more security, some devices will ONLY work if the router isn't using a "hidden" SSID, others need it exposed the first time when setting the encryption on device to connect and can then "hide" the SSID again.

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'Hidden' Network

Thank you!! Helped a lot!! Now I understand what it means.

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I see someone has written about this.

But here's the deal. Hiding the SSID used to add some security. Today? Nope, all it does is create issues. It's a shame this was not removed but hey, why should the makers remove a source of income for my friends that make network trouble calls?

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'Hidden' Network

Thank you for responding. Helped me understand.

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