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How to add a computer to a wireless network with SSID Broadcast disabled.

How can I add a computer to a wireless network that has SSID broadcast disabled?
Do I have to temporarily re-enable it or can I somehow do it without having to do that?
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b0lsc0ttCommented:
davidgareau,

No, you should not have to have it broadcast.  The specifics will depend a little on your OS or what you use to set up and maintain your wireless connections.  Start it up and look for an option to add a new connection.  As you set up the new wireless connection it should ask you for the SSID or it may just ask for name.  Type in the SSID of the network and complete the rest of the set up.  That is all you need.

Remember if you also have MAC filtering on the wireless network you may need to set up this new computer on the router/network for it to be allowed in.

b0lsc0tt
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Craig_200XCommented:
just put the correct ssid in... and if you use security, correct phrase/key..  it will locate the network if it is in your settings.
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Craig_200XCommented:
oh  -- you shouldnt have to enable ssid broadcasting....to add it
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
hello there,

With SSID Broadcast disabled, wireless clients will not be able to scan and connect to the network. I would re-enable it and then try connecting.

Hope this helps
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davidgareauAuthor Commented:
I am using Windows XP Pro SP2
I have a little icon in the system tray that says "view available wireless networks"
Now that SSID Broadcast is off, when I go to it, it lists no wireless networks, but one is available when SSID broadcast is on.
That one's SSID is "myWLAN" so on a new laptop how would I connect it to that one?
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b0lsc0ttCommented:
The same screen that shows available networks should give you an option to add a network or connection.  Use that option to add it.  As you add the network enter the SSID in the name or SSID field.
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b0lsc0ttCommented:
These specific details may help you -

In the screen that shows available wireless networks click on the option to the left for advanced settings.  On the box that appears there should be a tab for Wireless Networks, select it.  You should see an option to Add a network and then you should be able to use the rest of the information I provided.

Let us know if you have a question.
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Craig_200XCommented:
you dont need to be able to scan a wireless network for it to connect.... ssid broadcasting doesnt have to be enabled.



"Now that SSID Broadcast is off, when I go to it, it lists no wireless networks, but one is available when SSID broadcast is on."

right - coz it is scanning for networks...

follow B0lsc0tt suggestion and ADD a network and configure it for the correct SSID and CORRECT encryption if need be. (Note the word CORRECT- that is crucial)


If you have other networks in your list of networks. you want to move your network to the top of the list/order of connecting.!!


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davidgareauAuthor Commented:
Okay, thanks guys. Got it going.
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b0lsc0ttCommented:
I'm glad to hear it is working and that I could help.  Thanks for the grade, the points and the fun question.

bol
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