Do you suspect that your neighbor is freeloading on your WiFi network? Well, it happened to me before, and I choose to hide my Wifi network from my neighbors so, in this guide, I will show you how you can hide your WiFi too.
By default, your wireless router broadcasts your hotspot’s service network name, to nearby computers and other devices. That way, people can crash the password easily if you set a weak one or hack into your network without your knowledge. If you choose to hide your connection, it will be invisible to nearby devices. Although it will display as hidden, this time in order to connect, you will need to enter the WiFi name and password.
How to Hide WiFi
1. Open your preferred browser on your computer and key in the router address in the tab to launch your router’s admin panel. Check for the IP address at the backside of the router on the white sticker.
Quick Tip: Some common admin panel addresses include http://192.168.0.1, http://192.168.1.1, http://192.168.8.1, etc.
2. Next, you need to access the router interface by logging in with your username and password. If it is your first time, enter admin for both username and password.
- Username: Admin
- Password: Admin
3. Next click on the Wireless (WLAN) option, then select Wireless (WLAN) Basic Settings.
4. Enable the ‘Hide SSID Broadcast‘ option. However, on some admin pages, you will have to uncheck SSID Broadcast or diable Visibility Status.
5. Save the changes and reboot your Router.
Quick Note: Now that you have finally hidden your WiFi, only individuals who know your WiFi name and password will be able to connect to your WiFi network.
How to Connect to a Hidden WiFi network
1. Enable the WiFi feature on your device.
2. Tap on Hidden Network.
3. Enter the Network name followed by the password.
Quick Note: After hiding your WiFi, do not assume that you are prone to hackers. There are ways to find hidden wifi networks, and once you’ve found them they’re just as susceptible to attack as any other network. To ensure that your WiFi is secure, switch to WPA3 or WPA2 if your router offers it, and use a strong password.