Connecting your iPhone® to a wireless network with disabled SSID Broadcast

When a wireless network is not visible in the list of networks available for your wireless device to connect, its SSID Broadcast may be disabled.  Disabling the SSID Broadcast of a Linksys router is another way of keeping your network secure because it hides your wireless network from wireless devices.

This article will provide you with instructions on how to connect your iPhone® to a hidden wireless network or a network which has a disabled SSID Broadcast.

NOTE:  The steps discussed here may also be used if you want to connect to the wireless network using an iPod®.

Step 1:
Tap the Settings icon on the iPhone’s main screen.


Step 2:
On the Settings menu, tap Wi-Fi.


Step 3:
Tap the Wi-Fi button to activate this feature.


Step 4:
Under the list of Wi-Fi Networks, tap Other…


Step 5:
Enter the wireless network name (SSID) of the router.


Step 6:
Tap Security and select from the listed security modes.


NOTE:  Go back to the previous menu by tapping Other Network.

Step 7:
Enter the Password of the wireless network then tap Join.

NOTE:  The password is case-sensitive.


Your wireless device should now be connected to your network.

IMPORTANT:  Here are some of the things that you can do if you are still unable to connect your wireless device to the network after following the steps above:

  • Ensure that the MAC Filtering feature of your router is disabled.  A MAC filtered wireless network only allows the registered MAC addresses of devices to connect to it.  To know if you have wireless MAC filtering enabled on your router, access the web-based setup page and click Wireless > Wireless MAC Filter.
  • Ensure that you entered the correct password.
  • If you have changed the password of your wireless network, tap the arrow sign next to the SSID of the network you are connecting to, then select Forget this network.  You may try reconnecting your mobile device to the network using the new password.
  • You can also reset your network settings.  On your iPhone® or iPod®, tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
  • Restart your wireless device and try reconnecting to the wireless network.

If you are still encountering issues when attempting to connect your device(s) to the wireless network, see your device’s documentation or contact your device’s manufacturer support for further assistance.

Related Article:

Connecting your iPhone® to your Linksys wireless router

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