One of the most effective ways in securing your wireless network is by hiding your Wi-Fi network’s name or SSID. Short for Service Set Identifier, this is one of the most important components in a wireless network that should be unique so that you can easily identify your network from the rest. Hacking random networks are rampant that why it’s better to be on the safe side and don’t let your SSID be visible to the public.
If you think that your wireless network is compromised or if you’d like to add more protection on your network, here’s how you can hide your SSID via your router’s configuration page.
NOTE: Though the steps presented in this article is similar for most routers, the navigation may vary depending on the brand and model of the router you’re using for your network.
STEP 1: Launch an Internet browser, then type on the address bar “http://192.168.1.1″ and then hit [Enter].
NOTE: The most common IP address of routers is 192.168.1.1. Refer to your router’s documentation if it has a different router address.
STEP 2: Enter your router’s login information in the fields provided, then click OK or Log In.
STEP 3: Once you’re on the home page of your router’s settings, navigate to the Wireless settings page.
STEP 4: Look for SSID, or go to the Advanced Wireless settings if you’re unable to find one.
NOTE: If you’re able to find an option to disable SSID Broadcast from this page, do so, and then hit the Save Settings or Save Changes button.
STEP 5: Look for any option relating to disabling the SSID (2.4 GHz SSID) broadcast, choose that option, and then click on Save Settings or Save Changes.
STEP 6: Sign out of your router’s settings page, then close your browser.
Performing this procedure will now make your wireless network undiscoverable from any nearby user, who may attempt to scan for wireless networks to connect to.