7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 2, 2011 3:36 PM by Bob Timmons
bobio Level 2 (310 points)
Is it possible to set my AE base station to NOT announce its name to the entire neighborhood? If so, how? And, if so, is there any disadvantage to doing this? Thank you! (I do have my network protected with a password).

Mac Pro Quad Core + iMac Intel 2.16/2 +Macbook 2.2/2, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iPod Touch, 2G
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,249 points)
    Is it possible to set my AE base station to NOT announce its name to the entire neighborhood?

    Open AirPort Utility - click Manual Setup
    Click the Wireless tab below the row of icons
    Click Wireless Network Options
    Enter a check mark next to Create a Closed Network
    Click Done, then Click Update

    Downsides...there are plenty of free utilities available on the Internet that will reveal your network in seconds, so a Closed Network setting is considered a thing of the past. True, it might keep a few honest neighbors from seeing the name of your network, but the neighborhood kids and any computer guys looking for free wi-fi will spot it very quickly, so be sure to use good security like WPA2 Personal and a long, non-dictionary password to make things more difficult for them.
  • Bimmer123 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have "hidden" my network for nearly 4 years. Until the latest update. Now my laptop cannot connect. I'm waiting for the "next" update.
  • tbux Level 4 (1,670 points)
    I found Closed Network to be a nuisance and stopped using it years ago. As pointed out by Bob it offers almost no security.
  • ismael_vafe Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for your answer.
    I have tried doing that through Airport Utility, but I can't click on the 'Manual Setup'.

    What I'm trying to do is share the internet connection from my Macbook to my other devices, without other people noticing, i.e. creating a closed network. However, I've been unable to do that.

    Can you help?
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,249 points)
    Try a power cycle of your entire network. Power everything down, order is not important

    Wait a moment, then start your modem first and let it run a moment by itself
    Start the AirPort Extreme the same way
    Start other devices the same way, one at a time until all devices are powered back up.

    If still no connection, temporarily connect an ethernet cable from your computer to one of the LAN <-> ports on the AirPort Extreme and power cycle again.
  • ismael_vafe Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks Tim.

    I forgot to mention what's causing the problem-- I'm not using any external device, i.e. Airport Extreme.
    I'm creating a network with the Macbook's own airport. (ad-hoc network) So when the Airport Utility searches for external devices, obviously it doesn't find any.

    Essentially, I'm sharing my Macbook's ethernet connection through Airport. But I would like to have this hidden, so other people don't see this wireless on their devices.
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,249 points)
    Thanks for the clarification. You won't be able to "hide" your network using this type of configuration because there are no provisions to do so. You'll need to move to a router to be able to do that. But, keep in mind that anyone with a free scanner available readily on the Internet will "see" your network in seconds.

    Message was edited by: Bob Timmons