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Two wireless networks with the same name - how to delete one

by fosterpapillon / June 26, 2012 3:54 PM PDT

I have a wireless network called WiMAX - as far as I can see, I have only one. When visitors log in, they are presented with two networks to join, both called WiMAX, one of which is password protected (WPA2 Personal) and one which isn't. How do I locate and delete the un-passworded one?

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Re: wireless network
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 26, 2012 6:23 PM PDT

Possibly it's another network with the same name. Why not rename yours to something more unique?


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How do I rename the network?
by fosterpapillon / June 27, 2012 2:45 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: wireless network

If I choose System Preferences->Network, it shows the network name as WiMAX and I can't change it. If I click the Advanced button, I can change the name, which I have done - to TooraMAX. Clicking OK, I return to the main window but the name didn't change there. Some time later, I opened System Preferences->Network again, clicked on Advanced and the window now displays two networks, WiMAX and TooraMAX, both of which are shown as having WPA2 security.

If I then fire up Wi-Fi on another device (Kindle Touch), I'm still given the choice of two networks, both called WiMAX, one secured, the other not.

I guess I could wipe everything and start again but the initial Airpot and network set-up was such a nightmare that I shudder at the thought of going through it again.

The network is via an Apple Airport.

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You have an unsecured wireless network running
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 27, 2012 9:56 PM PDT

on the Airport.

Use Airport Utility to access the Airport base station and reconfigure the wireless networks on it.

System Preferences will do nothing for you as there is nothing in there that is actually broadcasting the names of your Wireless network.

Resetting everything back to factory defaults and re-reading the instructions would be a good move. Airport setup is really a basic step by step procedure and does not have to be complicated at all.


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Simple tasks have a habit of complicating themselves :)
by fosterpapillon / June 28, 2012 11:08 AM PDT

Thanks for that info - I may try that later but, in the interim, I have contacted my ISP who tested the router, declared it faulty and will replace it in a day or two. We'll see what happens then.


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Is it possible that your Wireless router
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 26, 2012 10:32 PM PDT

is pushing out two signals.

One is the main one, with a password and the other is a "Guest" network which does not have a password.

Refer to your user manual for details of how to set these up, or remove them.

Either way, you will need to access your wireless router to do anything with that other network


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