Need to hide Airport Extreme SSID along with Airport Express

jwilli

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Sep 25, 2014
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I recently purchased an Extreme and Express for work, as of right now the WiFi is broadcasting the SSID network. My question is has anyone tried to hide the Extreme network and get the Express to pickup the signal with the Express also hidden? I want to hide the same WiFi network on both devices- as the Express is the extender, do I have to add the MAC address to the Express and configure it separately or no? Please help.
 

marzer

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Nov 14, 2009
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I recently purchased an Extreme and Express for work, as of right now the WiFi is broadcasting the SSID network. My question is has anyone tried to hide the Extreme network and get the Express to pickup the signal with the Express also hidden? I want to hide the same WiFi network on both devices- as the Express is the extender, do I have to add the MAC address to the Express and configure it separately or no? Please help.
MAC address isn't needed. Hide the Extreme's SSID and extend it by typing it's SSID into the Express's wireless configuration under "Wireless Network Name" after selecting "extend network". Then under "Wireless Options" on the express click "hide network" like you do on the Extreme.

P.S. Hiding an SSID is old school and gains nothing in way of security. Some devices don't even work well with hidden networks.
 

Alrescha

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P.S. Hiding an SSID is old school and gains nothing in way of security. Some devices don't even work well with hidden networks.
I can volunteer that my iPhone's battery life is a lot worse when dealing with a hidden network vs. a visible one.

A.
 

jwilli

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Sep 25, 2014
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Thank you MARZER & ALRESCHA for your input, I really appreciated it.
 
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