I want to display my Wi-Fi network only to a couple of devices and make it such that none of the other devices could find out while searching it.

How can I do that?

  • Can you guide me how to ban devices even if they get my Password or the network is open – Pratik bhatt Apr 3 '15 at 5:12
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    One technique would be to use MAC address filtering. That isn't foolproof but it would stop casual users. It's typically a setting in the router. You give it a list of MAC addresses for the devices that are allowed to connect, and those are the only ones accepted. – fixer1234 Apr 3 '15 at 5:15
  • Can you please edit your question to add details on the exact make and model of router you are using? – Giacomo1968 Apr 3 '15 at 5:34
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    I am using two different router One Iball in home and Tp-Link in my office I want this to be implemented on both the devices. – Pratik bhatt Apr 3 '15 at 8:49
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    Note that all of these methods are less effective than changing your password. – milleniumbug Apr 3 '15 at 13:08

You cannot broadcast your network to only specific devices. You either broadcast it publicly with a good password, or you don't broadcast it at all (i.e. it must be added manually by each device). Don't worry about manual adding though; once the network is added, each device is usually able to detect and connect to the hidden network automatically.

Simple walkthrough

  1. Connect to your router's configuration page. Your router's IP may differ. Try routerlogin.net and check if it works. address bar
  2. Login to the router. You will get a prompt; passwords differ between models. Try admin, password or admin, admin.
  3. Go to the "wireless" section of your router's configuration menu. Wireless
  4. Look for an option called "SSID Broadcast." Uncheck it and click Apply. Wait for the router to restart itself/apply changes.
  5. Your wireless network should now be hidden. All devices which have already paired with the network should still work; but now new devices will not find your network on the list by default.
  • Hello oldmud0 Can you guide me how to implement this process? I am new into field of networking. – Pratik bhatt Apr 3 '15 at 5:19
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    @JakeGould If a person does not understand what he is trying to do, he does not have any business trying to configure a router. – oldmud0 Apr 3 '15 at 5:39
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    I'd say it requires little but tenacity once you've found the router's web page - either the setting will be in there somewhere, or it won't ;) – Tetsujin Apr 3 '15 at 8:16
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    Please not that hiding your SSID does NOT make it secure. It is still trivial to discover "hidden" SSIDs. You must make sure you use WPA2 and a strong passphrase, or else you are still at risk of exposure (howtogeek.com/howto/28653/…) – Nick2253 Apr 3 '15 at 17:03
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    ..Where are all the upvotes coming from? – oldmud0 Apr 3 '15 at 22:00

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