Hide Your WiFi Network Name (SSID) in TP-Link Router

How To Hide WiFi Network Tp-Link

Having a visible SSID makes your wireless network a convenient target for hackers, or simply neighbors who managed to watch too many YouTube hacking videos. SSIDs can be hidden for additional security. It’s possible to hide your SSID and you’ll still be able to connect. But anyone who doesn’t know your SSID won’t. If you own a TP-Link router or your internet provider supplied you one, this tutorial will teach you how to hide your WiFi network name (SSID) in a TP-Link router.

If your router is from TP-Link, knowing how to hide your WiFi network name (SSID) in TP-Link router should be a priority. By default, your Wi-Fi router broadcasts your network name or SSID to all devices within range. This prompts the curiosity of strangers within range to try and take a crack at accessing your network, especially if you use a simple insecure password that many people in the world simply continue to use. As mentioned, hiding your Wi-Fi SSID adds an extra layer of security to your network.

This is an out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach that also doubles as a two-password option. Instead of just a password, anyone who wants to connect to your network should also know the SSID, which is also something you can change on a whim. If you’re the lazy type or want a simple easy-to-remember password, it can be done, and no one without the knowledge of tracing hidden SSIDs will try and connect to it. Without further ado, follow these steps to hide your WiFi network name (SSID) in TP-Link router.

TP-Link has somewhat standardized the user interface of their router admin panels, so this applies regardless of what TP-Link router model you use. First, log in to the router admin panel using a browser and type the router IP on the address bar which is often 192.168.0.1. Next, enter the router’s username and password to access the admin panel.

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 TP-Link routers feature an intuitive setup screen with various options on the left, the options screen in the middle, with a help screen on the right which tells what a particular setting does. For our purposes, click on the Wireless option on the left. The options will often have sub-options. In this case, select the Basic Settings page.

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 The Basic Wireless Settings will appear in the center of the screen. On it, you should see the ‘Enable SSID Broadcast’ setting. Unchecking this setting will hide your Wireless Network Name or SSID. Click Save. Your network name should be hidden now.

 To check if it’s working, remove the network from your device. If it’s a mobile phone, tap on your network name and long press on it until you see a context menu. Or highlight your network name and tap on the triple-dot menu to bring up the context menu. Then choose ‘Forget’. Then turn off the Wi-Fi for good measure.

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 When you turn the Wi-Fi back on, you will no longer see the network on the available networks list. To access the network, you have to manually add the network by tapping the ‘Add Network’ option. This option is specifically for networks that don’t broadcast their SSIDs.

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 Enter the name of your wireless network or SSID. Select the security type which would often be WPA/WPA2 PSK for home networks. And lastly, enter your password, then tap Save. You can now tap on your network name to connect.

So now you know how to hide your WiFi SSID in a TP-Link router. If you don’t have a TP-Link router, you can explore your router’s admin panel settings and look for options similar in context to this tutorial. For additional precaution, avoid simplistic names for your network to make it difficult to guess. Remember, a visible SSID is an appealing target for anyone from the casual breaker to someone armed with Kali Linux and has working knowledge of tools like Bettercap.