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Solved: Hidden SSID and Windows Vista

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Dingus, May 6, 2010.

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  1. Dingus

    Dingus Thread Starter

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    Hi guys. For security I prefer to hide my SSID.
    I can get all my XP machines to connect with the option "Connect when not transmitting".
    Can anyone tell me if this option is included with Vista. Every time I switch off the SSID the Vista machine goes off line.
     
  2. Squashman

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    Security through obscurity. :eek:
     
  3. TerryNet

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    You could also hide your head in the sand, but it wouldn't help secure your wireless network. :)

    I'm sure it is, but I'm not going to boot into Vista now to check. Go to Network and Sharing Center - Manage Wireless Networks and look around. In Windows 7 you would right click on the profile - Properties - select "Connect even if the network is not broadcasting its name (SSID)."
     
  4. Dingus

    Dingus Thread Starter

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    Thanks Terry. I just read your link. Don't think I'll bother disabling SSID
     
  5. TerryNet

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    Depends on the adapter and utility--some won't show it and some (most?) will show it as "Hidden" for the SSID.

    Be assured that anybody who wants to find all networks will find it. :)
     
  6. Dingus

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    Again thanks. I already use WPA2 which is what your link suggests as the best way to go.
    I'll mark as solved.
     
  7. TerryNet

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    You're welcome. :)

    Just use a strong password, at least not a guessable one or simple dictionary word, with WPA or WPA2 and don't bother with that other stuff that just makes your network harder for you to use. :)
     
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  9. Dingus

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    I'm learning all the time. Thanks
     
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