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Disabling SSID Broadcast on a Linksys router

A Service Set Identifier (SSID) is the wireless network name broadcast by a Linksys router.  When a wireless device searches the area for wireless networks it will detect the SSID to be able to associate with the router.  SSID Broadcast is enabled by default however; you may also choose to disable it.
 
Disabling the SSID Broadcast is one way of securing your wireless network.  This procedure will prevent other users from detecting your SSID or your wireless network name when they attempt to view the available wireless networks in your area.
 
To disable the SSID Broadcast of your Linksys router, follow these steps:
 
Step 1:
Access the router’s web-based setup page.  For instructions, click here.

NOTE: To learn how to access the web-based setup page on a Macintosh computer, click here.

Step 2:
Click Wireless and select Disabled for SSID Broadcast.

 

NOTE:  If the Configuration View is set to Wi-Fi Protected Setup™, select Manual and select Disabled for SSID Broadcast.
 

QUICK TIP:  If you have a dual-band Wireless-N router, you may disable both frequencies or you can leave one Enabled.
 
NOTE:  If you get the prompt below, click OK.
 

Step 3:
Click  .

NOTE:  For information on how to connect to a wireless network with SSID broadcast disabled, click here.  If you would like to enable the SSID broadcast of your Linksys router, simply repeat steps 1-2 and select Enabled then click Save Settings.
 
Disabling SSID Broadcasting in Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router

The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router does not have the option for disabling the SSID Broadcasting.  For more information about disabling the SSID Broadcasting in Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, click here.


Related Articles:

Connecting a Mac® computer to a wireless network with disabled SSID broadcast
Setting up wireless MAC Filtering to permit users to connect to the wireless network on your Linksys router​

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