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    Laptop won't reconnect automatically to hidden SSID

    My wife's Win7-64 laptop was quite happy until I set the SSID to 'Hidden'.

    All other devices in the house are happy with the new setup, but each time my wife boots up her laptop she needs to manually connect to 'Other Network', enter the SSID, then enter the password. She's not happy, consequently nor am I.

    I have set the 'Automatically Connect' switch ON, but it still asks for all the info again each time, and I can't find any other settings to fix it.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks!


    Will

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    Did you follow the steps as outlined at How to Connect to Hidden Wireless Networks?

    Joe

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    But why are you hiding it in the first place?

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/28653...y-more-secure/

    JPL

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    Thanks, that's got it.

    The switch to 'Reconnect to _HIDDEN_ networks' was....... hidden! ....on the 'Make New Connection' page, and not available on the 'Connect' page.

    jpl : It's a curiosity test, just to see what happens.
    I live in a semi-rural area, there's only 3 other Wi-Fi's nearby. I know it's not intrinsically more secure, but didn't realise it made devices broadcast your 'Home' SSID (supposing that your 'Home' is hidden) all the time.

    Still, I presume if I'm in a cafe (just for example, I'd never do this normally) and someone picks up the SSID of my Home network, surely they would then have to find out where actually I live to then try cracking the password?

    Just curious!!



    Will

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