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Solved: Vista unable to connect to network with SSID hidden?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by bigelowb, Oct 28, 2007.

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  1. bigelowb

    bigelowb Thread Starter

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    Can this be true? I have a wireless network that does not broadcast its SSID, as this is recommended for best security. All of the computers running XP and XP Pro have no trouble connecting to the network. We just acquired a new Acer notebook with Vista Home Pro and it connects to the network just fine as long as I allow broadcast of the SSID, but as soon as I hide the SSID, the Vista notebook can no longer connect. I find it really hard to believe that Microsoft could be this dumb, especially since it works on XP. Can someone suggest what I may be doing wrong?
     
  2. JohnWill

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    Actually, SSID hiding is an anemic security measure, and all it does is make your network harder to use. If you have WPA or WPA2 encryption with a strong random key, you are well secured.

    A good read: The Six Dumbest Ways to Secure A Wireless LAN



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  3. bigelowb

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    Yes, it's quite inadequate, but I combine it with other things, like MAC filtering and a max length passphrase that's relatively easy to remember but composed of "words" that are not part of any language that I know of, and other means. Maybe I'm being silly, but I've always felt that erecting a large number of hurdles, even if they are not each difficult in themselves, is better than just a few.
     
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    Well, you have erected a hurdle that Vista can't always jump over, so I'd suggest you remove it. ;)
     
  5. bigelowb

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    :) It seems there's a checkbox labelled something like "Connect even if network is not transmitting". This is very badly labelled, because what it really means is "Connect even if network is not transmitting its SSID". As soon as I checked the box, everything works.
     
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    Glad to see there was a solution. I'll have to look on my Vista laptop for that option, didn't even realize it existed. Where exactly is this option?

    Learn something every day. :D

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    I'm not at a Vista machine right now (at work), but I think it was on the first tab ("General" or something like that) on "Network Properties". If that's not right I'll post the correction later tonight.
     
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    OK, thanks. Just figured I'd save myself a few minutes. :D
     
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