Must enable SSID broadcast in WinXP ?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Xuser, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. Xuser

    Xuser Network Guru Member

    I've been having problems with a Linksys WRT54G wireless router. My laptop kept getting disconnected. Upgraded firmware, performed a hard reset according to Linksys techsupport but same problems. Then I was told by the Linksys tech to enable SSID broadcast because WinXP is designed to have SSID broadcast. I find this ridiculous as my neighbour will see my SSID and so will others. I know if someone really wants to hack into my router, disabling SSID doesn't help but at least it is somewhat protected if it is disabled. Anyhow, I did enable it and it works fine. So can someone confirm if WinXP is designed to do this?
  2. ice_trey

    ice_trey Network Guru Member


    Go to the properties of the wireless network connection, go to wireless connection tab then add your ssid under preffered networks. That should do the trick!
  3. davidsonf

    davidsonf Network Guru Member

    Disabling SSID broadcasts gains you exactly nothing[/]. Well, nothing good at least.

    If you neighbors and others cannot see your network, they will set theirs up on the same channel. And if you are relying on no SSID broadcast as a security measure, then you need to know that it only works if you never send data packets! (In other words, use encryption for security, and don't obscure your SSID.)
  4. Xuser

    Xuser Network Guru Member

    Yes, disabling SSID is not the total security

    Yes, I know disabling SSID is not the secure way of securing the AP. At least disabling it shouldn't hamper any problems with WinXP. Just want to know about this info that Linksys tech told me thats all. Find it strange.
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