Masking a wireless network

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  1. Jimmieboy macrumors 6502

    Jimmieboy

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    Hey everyone. I was wondering if anyone would be able to tell me how to 'mask' or 'hide' my airport express's network so that you can't see it but still ahve it that if you know the name of the network you can join?????? Thanks!
     
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Hiding the SSID adds absolutely no security to a network. Turn on WPA and create a secure password. Make sure it has number and letters, and contains no dictionary words.


    Edit: You are asking because of security concerns, correct?
     
  3. Jimmieboy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jimmieboy

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    Yes because of neigbours. I have a password and WEP.
     
  4. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I would go with WPA (and make sure you use a good password). WEP is practically useless.

    To hide the SSID go to Applications > Utilities > Airport Admin Utility > Configure > Airport > "Create a Closed Network."

    While it may not really "secure" your network, I still like it. If someone doesn't see your network, they might not try and hack it.
    "Out of site, out of mind."
     
  5. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I'm pretty sure the Airport Express supports WPA. It's a much more secure protocol than WEP. I highly recommend upgrading to that.
     
  6. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, it does.

    Definitely use WPA unless you have a computer in your network that can't support it.
     

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