8478 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 2, 2011 3:36 PM by Bob Timmons
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.
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?
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.
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.
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