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Connecting to a Wireless Network with a Hidden SSID in Windows XP

Hiding your wireless network name (SSID) is one way of preventing unwanted users from accessing your network since its name is not visible on the available list of networks that they can connect to.  This article will show you how to connect to a hidden wireless network. 

Before proceeding, make sure that you know the wireless network name, wireless security type, and the security key or password of the hidden network.

Step 1:
Click Start then click Control Panel.


Step 2:
Double-click the  Imageicon.

Step 3:
Right-click Wireless Network Connection then select Properties.

Step 4:
Select the Wireless Networks tab.  Click the Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings checkbox then click Add.


Step 5:
Perform the following actions on this window:
  • Enter your wireless network name on the Network name (SSID) field.
  • Select the specific settings under Network Authentication and Data encryption (refers to the wireless security type).
  • Uncheck the The key is provided for me automatically box then enter your wireless password on the Network key field.
  • Re-enter the password on the Confirm network key field.
  • Once you're done with all the changes, click OK.
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Step 6:
Make sure that your network is listed in Preferred networks then click OK.

Your Windows® XP computer should now be connected to your wireless network with hidden SSID.

Related Article:

Troubleshooting “Unable to connect to a wireless network” issue

Related Video:

Checking the wireless settings of your router (VIDEO)

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