How to Hide Your SSID on a D-Link

by Randall Blackburn

By default, your D-Link router broadcasts the network name, also known as the SSID. When the SSID is broadcast, devices within range of the wireless network can find and list the network by its network name using site survey tools. You can hide the SSID of your network on a D-Link or any brand of router to enhance security for your network. If your SSID is not broadcast, the network name is hidden to devices within range. In order for a device to connect to your network, the user must know the SSID, the security type and the password for your network.

1

Launch a Web browser and type the IP address for the default gateway of your network in the browser address bar. By default, your D-Link router assigns the IP address of 192.168.0.1 as your default gateway. The login prompt displays.

2

Type the administrator username and password for your router. D-Link assigns the username of “admin” and a blank password as the defaults.

3

Click the “Setup” tab in the top navigation menu

4

Click the “Wireless Settings” or “Wireless Setup option in the left navigation menu, depending on available options in the interface.

5

Click the “Enable Hidden Wireless” check box to hide the SSID.

6

Click “Save Settings” and close the browser. Your router is no longer broadcasting your network’s SSID.

Warning

  • Information provided in this article applies to the D-Link DIR 301 series router. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly for other models or brands of routers.

About the Author

Randall Blackburn has worked for several Fortune 1000 companies as a technical writer over the past seven years. He has produced a wide variety of technical documentation, including detailed programming specifications and research papers. Randall has also acquired several years' experience writing web content. Randall lives and works in Austin, TX.

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