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Unread 27-05-2012, 04:59 AM   #21
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Re: Keeping Your Wireless Network Secure

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I assume that you have the SSID broadcast disabled in your router's firmware. It means your Windows laptop or PC won't be able to see it and connect to it.

I think you have the Wireless connection set up properly in your laptop and it is behaving as expected. In your Desktop, you can add the connection manually by typing in the SSID and it should connect to the router even if the SSID is not being transmitted.
Yes, I have SSID broadcast disabled in my routers firmware. Each adapter has "connect even if network is NOT broadcasting" and "connect when this broadcast is in range" enabled (box is checked). I don't have trouble connecting to the network, but my network shows up on the laptop as one that is available. This should not happen if SSID is not broadcasting.

What I don't know is what what do the other networks in range see as far as available networks. Because I can see theirs is available, I assume they have SSID broadcast enabled. But I don't know for sure, because though my SSID should not broadcast, it broadcasts to my laptop.

I've gone to the Linksys/Cisco forums and searched for questions on this. The only thing I can find is how to disable broadcasting SSID. That I know how to do..

I guess I have to wait until I get a chance to set up another Linksys router and see if the issue repeats itself...

I just did some testing. It appears that if I am connected, it shows up. If I am not connected, it doesn't show up. But the desktop doesn't behave the same way. It never shows up as long as I have SSID broadcast disabled.

I'll have to get a hold of another wireless device that has never connected to my network and see how it behaves on that...

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Unread 27-05-2012, 05:57 AM   #22
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I got the bug to solve this. As you can proably tell

My desktop adapter is an N USB type. I removed it from the desktop and put it in the laptop. Desktop is connected by ethernet to a port on the router.

I disabled the G adapter on the laptop and now it is connected using the N USB adapter. Not only is it noticeably faster, when viewing available networks, it doesn't show up....

It appears the G adapter won't pick up the routers instructions to not broadcast. The G adapter is probably 7-8 years old. The router is an N router, configured to use either N or G adapters.

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