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Connecting your iPad® to a Wi-Fi with a disabled SSID broadcast

Disabling the broadcast of the Service Set Identifier (SSID) or the Wi-Fi name is one way to secure the Wi-Fi network.  This will prevent other users from detecting your Wi-FI name when they attempt to view available wireless networks in your area, unless it is manually added on the list of available networks.

This article will guide you on how to connect your iPad® to a Wi-Fi with a disabled SSID broadcast.

Step 1:
On your iPad’s Home Screen, tap Settings.



Step 2:
Select Wi-Fi.



Step 3:
Select Other… to add a Wi-Fi network.

IMPORTANT:  Make sure that the Wi-Fi feature of your iPad is enabled.


Step 4:
Enter the SSID in the Name field and tap the arrow > icon in the Security field to select the encryption type.

NOTE:  If you do not know your router’s Wi-Fi settings, click here to learn how to retrieve it. 

To learn how to check the Wi-Fi settings of your router on your iPad, click hereIf you have Connect Express installed, click here.


Step 5:
Select the security encryption type of the Wi-Fi network.


NOTE:  The None option is selected by default.  In this example, WPA is used.

Step 6:
Tap Other Network to go back to the previous screen.



Step 7:
Enter the network’s Password then tap Join.



When a checkmark appears beside the name of the Wi-Fi you are connecting to, it means the iPad is already connected to the network.

You can also click the AirPort  icon in the upper-left corner of the screen to check the connection strength between the router and the iPad.


NOTE:  The signal bars in the AirPort icon has no bearing on the network speed.  You can perform a speed test or observe the download speed while you’re downloading a file.

Related Articles:

Connecting your iPad® to the wireless network
Connecting the iPad® to the Guest network


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