All Wi-Fi networks have a default ID to configure the router. This is the “SSID”: this is the name that allows you to connect from any device with wireless connectivity. But, of course, basically, this identifier is public. Fortunately, you can hide it to make your Wi-Fi invisible and prevent unwanted breakthroughs. The advantage, since you will be the only person who knows this name, you will be able to log in as you wish, without fear of a potential attack. And for good reason, the SSID will not be visible in the list of networks when someone does a search. In other words, unless you know the name of your Wi-Fi network, no one will be able to connect to it without your knowledge. Conversely, if the SSID is indeed accessible, it is possible to make a manual configuration (enter the network name and password) and connect very easily. Okay, now it’s time to reveal the method to hide the network name.
- Go to your router’s Settings: the section where you will be allowed to change the values of the Internet connection.
- To do this, you need to copy and paste “192.168.1.1” into the browser’s search bar. You can also refer to the manual if you still have it!
- Next, enter the username and password that depend on the operator you contracted (get in touch with them just in case).
- From there, you can change the SSID (the name of the network you see when you want to connect). But since you only want to hide it, you need to go to “Settings” and then to the “Wireless Network” section.
- Here, click on SSID Settings and check the Hide SSID box.
And that’s it! But be careful, remember this name or write it down somewhere, because it will no longer be visible on the list of available networks. When you want to log in (or if one of your guests needs it), you will have to enter the exact characters without making a mistake, otherwise you will be blocked!
So you have been warned! As long as your Wi-Fi is not detectable, you block the road to all prying eyes. Between us, this is the best option to protect yourself and prevent anyone from stealing your Wi-Fi. Now, if this is the first time you camouflage the home or office network, one can easily understand your fear. But do not worry more than enough: rest assured, even if it is hidden and invisible, you will be able to connect very easily. We’ll give you a hand!
Here are the steps to follow:
- Click the Internet access icon on the taskbar.
- When you see the list of Wi-Fi networks within your reach, scroll down completely.
- Click on the Hidden Network option, which will be displayed as another network.
- Click Connect.
- Then, you will be asked to enter the name or SSID. That’s why it’s so important to register your username!
- Then, you need to enter the Wi-Fi password.
- If all goes well, in a few moments, you will be connected to your home’s hidden Wi-Fi, without it appearing publicly available.
Why hide the SSID?
By disabling the SSID, you greatly secure your Wi-Fi. This simple procedure prevents other users from detecting your network name when they try to connect. Since it will not appear in the available networks in your geographical area, you will be reassured that you will not be exposed to all kinds of annoyances such as spyware, spam, viruses or other unfortunate interference.