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#1 mclghln

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 11:07 AM

Hi,

I am trying to troubleshoot a network problem. I am able to connect to the Internet through our wireless Internet connection but unable to view any wireless networks. How is this possible?

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#2 E-Mu

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 02:24 PM

Hi,

More than likely your router will be set to "Don't Broadcast SSID" This means that the router cannot be seen when searching for Wireless Networks, unless you need to see it i would leave it this way.

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Edited by E-Mu, 09 March 2009 - 02:25 PM.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 06:57 PM

Hi,

More than likely your router will be set to "Don't Broadcast SSID" This means that the router cannot be seen when searching for Wireless Networks, unless you need to see it i would leave it this way.

Edit: Grammar


@E-Mu: 1) My router is set to broadcast SSID, but I would like to set to "Don't Broadcast" to improve my security. Are there any downsides of doing so? (I can see only benefits). 2) If your SSID is not broadcast, does changing the SSID name every month (or every half a year) increase the security of my network? (kind of works same way as changing password).
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Posted 11 March 2009 - 07:21 PM

I'm not E-Mu.
My experience is that SSID was only needed when I was setting up the network, WPA key etc.
It's shut off all the time. Somehow computers, which I allowed by MAC filtering, seem to see the the wireless and do get connected.

Changing SSID might make sense. I don't know. Let E-Mu help :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 07:41 AM

@E-Mu: 1) My router is set to broadcast SSID, but I would like to set to "Don't Broadcast" to improve my security. Are there any downsides of doing so? (I can see only benefits). 2) If your SSID is not broadcast, does changing the SSID name every month (or every half a year) increase the security of my network? (kind of works same way as changing password).


There are no downside to not broadcasting your SSID, in fact it's more beneficial. If someone can't see your wireless connection how are they going to be able to hack/use it.

If your not broadcasting your SSID i see no reason to change it at all, unless you have a skilled hacker living near by who is adamant at using your connection when there are probably 3 or 4 other connections in the area that are easier to use. :thumbsup: :flowers:

I have my SSID hidden and have only changed it once when i had some connection issues, same with my WPA Key.
Tho of course I'm not saying you can't if you want to but i wouldn't advise anyone it had to be done.

As tos226 say's, the SSID is only needed to set-up the connection.
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:10 AM

Yes, but now my SSID is broadcast, so everybody knows it. So I was thinking if I hide, still the folks will know my SSID. So in general terms, before hiding it, I should change it? Would that make more sense?
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Posted 13 March 2009 - 06:02 AM

Hide in then change it, if you change it first then theres still a chance someone might spot it :thumbsup:
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