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This evening, I’ve found something very odd. Almost anywhere I go, I see a network with the name/SSID “Hidden network.” I’m curious as to why I’m seeing this! It’s a visible network with excellent signal strength that’s also covered. It’s not even “hidden,” because my computer can see it.
This simply means that your device detects a wireless transmission without an SSID. If you try to use it, the first question your link wizard may ask you is for the SSID, which you will join. Then, similar to traditional wireless connections, it will ask you for security details. These can be used in a variety of locations. There’s nothing to be concerned about.
Some people use it because they believe it will make them more safe, but it is actually protection by obscurity. In my home, I have one link like that for some of my older devices that can’t handle higher levels of encryption.
As part of a new effort to improve speeds without building real infrastructure, Verizon and Xfinity have released new routers with a “Hidden Network.” It’s a novel way to expand signal to hard-to-reach areas in the remote Midwest, where a single tower can supply an entire zip code by bouncing signal off nearby routers. You must opt out of this “secret network” by logging into your Verizon or Comcast account. You can do so online or by calling customer service. Someone from technical support will gain access to your router, disable the Hidden Network, and your router’s efficiency should improve by 30mb.
Please enter the router UI and check the wireless settings to see whether your SSID is being broadcasted or not. After you’ve checked that it is, try erasing all of the network/s on the laptop and rescanning for wireless networks before reconnecting to your wireless network.
Is the issue now resolved? Anyone, not just your router, can disable their SSID broadcast. Setting, signal power, and system position could all play a role in why it occurs on one device but not on others. Since the new Secret Network has the same signal strength as its neighbors, it may be using the same channel as them and hiding them due to its stronger signal.
According to a collection of instructions for connecting to a hidden wireless network from Windows 8 found here (under Step 1 > “Troubleshoot link issues” > “How do I connect to a hidden wireless network?”):
A wireless network that isn’t broadcasting its network ID is known as a secret wireless network (SSID). Wireless networks usually broadcast their names, and your PC “listens” for the name of the network to which it wishes to connect. Since a secret network does not transmit, your PC will be unable to locate it, forcing the network to seek you out. Your PC must broadcast both the name of the network it’s looking for and its own name in order for this to happen. Other PCs “listening” for networks will know your PC’s name as well as the network you’re linked to in this case, increasing the chance of your PC being targeted. (italics added)
I’ve always assumed that secret wireless networks are better than standard ones because only those who are already aware of the network can connect to it, preventing an attacker from listening in on your traffic.
The SSID hiding configuration could be found under WLAN configuration.
How to change windows 8.1 wired network type from public to
Go to WLANs > Configure.
Select the SSID that needs to be configured in the WLANs section and press Edit.
Select or deselect Hide SSID option in Advanced options, in the Hide SSID Section, as required, and then click OK/Apply.
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If you just have a help data log, you can use the RPM keys to see if the WLAN is hidden.
wlans/wlanx/wlan-ssid-hide=’1′ wlans/wlanx/wlan-ssid-hide=’1′ wlans/wlanx/wlan-s The SSID has been hidden. wlans/wlanx/wlan-ssid-hide=’0′ wlans/wlanx/wlan-ssid-hide=’0′ wlans/wlanx/wlan-s SSID is currently broadcasting. If the customer only has an AP, we can access the AP GUI and unhide the SSID as follows: Navigate to Configuration > Radio 2.4G, locate the SSID you want to hide, and press it. Select Enable in the Broadcast SSID Section. and then select Update Settings from the drop-down menu. This SSID is transmitted, as you can see. Using the commands below, we may hide or unhide the SSID from the controller CLI. config ruckus# ruckus(config)# wlan ruckus(config)# wlan ruckus(config)# wlan ruckus(config)# hide-ssid ruckus(config-wlan)# The order was successfully executed. We could use the “no hide-ssid” command to make the SSID visible to the clients.