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Hidden SSID stops laptop connecting

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Gurnerworld, Feb 13, 2006.

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  1. Gurnerworld

    Gurnerworld Thread Starter

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    Hi all,

    I thought I'd resolved this yesterday, but seem to have just had a bit of luck yesterday - sadly it's run out again (sorry etaf).

    My laptop seems to have real trouble connecting to my wireless router when the SSID is hidden. When I unhide it, it sees and connects every time. When I hide it, it's very hit and miss and sometimes needs three or more reboots to connect.

    Can anyone suggest anything?
     
  2. Stuart_Hall

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    Do you REALLY need to stop broadcasting your SSID? If your WLAN is set up with good enough security then it wont really hurt to have it showing. Using a complicated passphrase (WPA-PSK with TKIP) should do the trick. If you need help with that let me know and ill do my best.
     
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I agree, hiding the SSID is an anemic security measure, and usually just makes your network harder for you to use.
     
  4. Gurnerworld

    Gurnerworld Thread Starter

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    Thanks for that guys.

    I'm using WPA-PSK (no server) - I'm not sure what TKIP is or if my router supports it - any clues?
     
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