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How to Disable SSID Broadcast to Hide the WiFi Network?

The first time you set up your Netgear router, it will assign a default SSID i.e. NETGEAR or wireless. The Netgear router’s default SSID primary function is to make your WiFi visible and easily accessible to all the devices connected to it. Every Netgear router has its own SSID (WiFi network name) thereby leaving your router’s WiFi open and easily accessible. Oh no! What if your Netgear router’s WiFi is accessible by hackers too? Need not to worry! We’ve got your back! To prevent unauthorized access, we recommend you disable the SSID broadcast of your Netgear router right away. Doing so will make sure that no unknown user can enter your router’s network without your permission.

In this piece of writing, you will find the step-by-step instructions that will help you disable the SSID broadcast in no time. So, without further discussion, let’s get started, shall we?

Instructions to Disable SSID to Hide Your Router’s Network

Mentioned below are the step-by-step instructions that you need to follow in order to hide the SSID (WiFi network name) of your Netgear router:

Power On Your Netgear Router

Make sure that your Netgear router is powered on and getting sufficient power supply from its wall outlet.

Bonus Tip: To get the most out of your router’s WiFi signals, it is suggested to place it at the center-most location in your home.

Connect Your Netgear Router to the Modem

After plugging your Netgear router into a working wall outlet, grab an Ethernet cable and connect it to your modem. You are free to connect your devices using both Ethernet and a wireless connection.

To check the wireless or wired connection whether it has been successfully established between your Netgear router and modem or not, try to access the Nighthawk router login. If the login page loads up without any hassle, then it means that the connection is established successfully. Else, you need to restart your devices and connect them again.

Log In to Your Netgear Router

Once you have created a proper connection between your Netgear router and modem, switch on a desktop or laptop and connect it to the router’s SSID (WiFi network name).

Now, follow the instructions outlined underneath to hide the SSID of your Netgear router:

  • First things first, turn on your PC or laptop and connect it to your router either using an Ethernet connection or in a wireless manner.

  • Then, open an up-to-date internet browser. To avoid any kind of router-related issues, we suggest you clear all the unwanted open tabs, browsing history, and junk files from your internet browser prior to proceeding further.

  • Once you’re done, hover your mouse cursor over the browser’s address bar and enter routerlogin.net without typos. Just in case, the web address, routerlogin.net is not working, you are free to use its IP address i.e. 192.168.1.1.

  • Hit the Enter key on your keyboard.

  • The router login screen will display.

  • Enter the default Netgear router password and username and click on Log In. If you have changed the default Netgear router admin details, it is suggested to use them instead.

  • The Basic home screen will display.

  • Click on Basic > Wireless tab.

  • Once you’re done, clear the Enabled SSID Broadcast check mark and click on Apply for your changes to get saved.

Kudos! The SSID of your Netgear router is now hidden.

Pro Tip: To prevent any unauthorized access, we suggest you change the default settings, including username and password of your Netgear router by navigating to its setup page using 192.168.1.1 IP or routerlogin.net web address.

We hope that the instructions provided in this post have helped you disable the SSID broadcast of your Netgear router. In case of any assistance, make yourself to contact our technical department anytime.

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