Linksys Wireless - can't connect unless I broadcast SSID

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by dflak, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. dflak

    dflak LI Guru Member

    I am securing my network "by the numbers"

    1. I changed the admin password.

    2. I changed the system ID

    3. I turned off broadcasting the SSID.

    I have 3 XP Pro Boxes. The first computer is hard wired to the router, the other two are wireless.

    All went well with these first three steps until I rebooted the wireless computers. Then they could not connect to the network. They can see and log into other wireless networks.

    My network is the only network name on the preferred list.

    If I turn the broadcast back on, the wireless computers can find the network and connect. If I turn off the broadcast, they stay connected. If I reboot they cannot connect.

    My next step is to move onto WEP, but I would like to get this out of the way as well.
  2. kg4mrv

    kg4mrv Network Guru Member

    I wouldn't even bother disabling SSID brodcast, it really does very little for security. If someone sits around for long enough they will still detect your network.

    Also, if your equipment supports it, I would reccomend WPA over WEP.
  3. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    Agree, disabling SSID broadcast does nothing for security. I would go one better then WPA...try WPA2 and 64 characters for key. With WPA2 security....its almost impossible to penetrade your wireless network. WEP can be hackable in few minutes and WPA is also hackable with determination.

    Try netstumbler on a non-SSID broadcast..... :D
  4. dflak

    dflak LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the responses. I was not depending on the lack of SSID for security, but it does bother me that an advertized feature doesn't work.

    My router does support WPA, but I want to make sure I understand WEP and can get this advertized feature working before taking that next step.

    So far I am not impressed with the way XP handles the wireless network. I de-installed the adaptor (used the control panel to remove the hardware since I could not find any software to de-install) and tried to re-install it following the instructions provided by linksys:

    Step 1: Plug in device

    Step 2: Run the software.

    On step 1 XP detects the device and locks onto it.

    I can't do step 2. The install software flashes up a dark blue dialogue box and that's it. So I am configuring my network on the wireless machines using Windows software and not the linksys software.

    I can't find an installation of the linksys software anywhere using the control panel or searching files. I wouldn't know where to look in the registry, and I don't want to touch it anyway.
  5. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    most router now these days should support WPA2 try upgrading to the latest firmware. If not try diff. router. As for driver, again try to find the latest driver. Most software comes with it does not always work. If your router do support WPA2 after firmware upgrade, then XP will support WPA2 if you upgrade to SP2 and install WPA2 patch. Try google it

    Good Luck
  6. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    So your using the windows utility which is good, have you tried the linksys utility to see if it will connect with SSID disabled? it really shouldnt matter, just curious
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