How to hide your Unifi Wifi network name from your neighbor

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TP-Link Archer C1200 Advanced Wireless Settings

Here’s how to hide your Unifi Wifi network name from your neighbor or stranger to prevent them from using your Wifi. Basically, once the Wifi network is set to hidden, even yourself wont see it.

To connect to a hidden Wifi network, you’ll need to manually enter the Wifi network name and the password to establish the connection. I’ve detail the steps in the following tutorial. Let’s dive in.

Note: I’m using the default router provided by TM which is TP-Link Archer C1200 wireless router.

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Prerequisite

Connect your computer to the router by wire or wireless.

Remember the login information, if you haven’t change them, the default as follows:

  • Username/ID: admin
  • Password: admin

Hide your Unifi Wifi network name

The following tutorial is how you can hide your Unifi Wifi network from everyone including you.

  1. Open any internet browser.
  2. Got to http://192.168.0.1.
  3. Enter you login information and select Login.
  4. Select Advanced tab.
  5. Select Wireless menu.
  6. Select Wireless Settings sub-menu.
  7. At the top right you’ll see 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Select your preferred band. By default, it will display 2.4GHz wireless settings.
  8. Click to check the Enable Wireless Radio.
  9. Enter your preferred Wireless Network Name (SSID) if you haven’t done.
  10. Click to check Hide SSID. This is the setting to hide or to not broadcast your Wifi network name.
  11. Select WPA/WPA2-Personal for Security.
  12. Select WPA2-PSK for Version.
  13. Select AES for Encryption.
  14. Enter your password.
  15. Select 802.11b/g/n mixed for Mode.
  16. Select Auto for Channel Width.
  17. Select Auto for Channel.
  18. Select High for Transmit Power.
  19. Click Save to keep the changes.

Done. Your 2.4GHz band Unifi Wifi network is hidden for everyone including you. You can repeat for 5GHz if you want. Or you can choose which network band to hide and which one to broadcast.

Connect to a hidden Wifi network in Windows 10

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Windows 10 Add a new network

It’s important to do the following steps to enable your computer to connect to a hidden Wifi network.

  1. Right-click on Wireless icon in the toolbar.
  2. Select Open Network & Internet Settings.
  3. Select Wifi menu on the left.
  4. Select Manage Known Networks.
  5. Select Add a new network located at the top left.
  6. Enter your Wifi network name in the Network name box.
  7. Select WPA2-Personal AES in Security option.
  8. Click to check Connect automatically.
  9. Important! Click to check Connect even this network is not broadcasting.
  10. Click Save.

Done. Now you computer will connect to the Wifi network automatically and even you hide the network name.

Conclusion

Hiding or not broadcasting your Unifi Wifi network name can easily prevent unwanted device to connect to it. It’s not a guarantee method, however, people will need a special app or skill to find your hidden network.

Hopefully this tutorial will help you secure your Unifi Wifi network from your neighbor. If you need further help, let me know in the comment below.

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