How to disable SSID broadcasting on a Netgear Wireless-G router

How to disable SSID broadcasting on a Netgear Wireless-G router

By default, most routers are set up to broadcast their SSID, or network name. This feature is useful for when you are setting up your wireless network or adding computers to your network, but it can be a security risk as well. Computers that you may not want on your network can «see» your network if the router is broadcasting its name, so by disabling this broadcast you can help to make your network a little more secure.


Step 1

Go to the router’s web interface

Open a web browser and type in the router’s IP address in the address bar, then press . If you don’t know your router’s IP address, it’s probably by default. If that’s not the correct address, read this article for tips on finding the IP address: How to find the IP address of a router.

Step 2

Log in

A box will probably appear asking you to log in to the router’s interface. (If this box doesn’t appear, and the Netgear page loads normally, disregard this step and skip to step 3.) Enter the username and password into the text fields and then click OK. If you don’t know the router’s username and password, they are «admin» and «password» respectively, by default.

Step 3

Disable SSID broadcasting

Once you have logged into the router’s interface, the Netgear SmartWizard page will load. Click on Wireless Settings on the left sidebar, under the «Advanced» heading.

The Advanced Wireless Settings page will appear. Uncheck the box labeled «Enable SSID Broadcast». (If this box is already unchecked, then your router is not currently set to broadcast its network name.) Then click the Apply button in the middle of the page. The router may reset itself to make the settings change.

Things Needed
• Netgear Wireless-G router (such as the WPN824)
• A computer connected to that router
• A web browser
• The router’s username and password
• The router’s IP address

Tips & Warnings
• If you ever want to add a new computer to your network, you can temporarily re-enable SSID broadcasting to make it easier to add the new computer.


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