6601 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 2, 2011 3:36 PM by Bob Timmons
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2011 8:07 PM (in response to bobio)
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.MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, iPhone
Currently Being ModeratedMar 12, 2011 3:13 PM (in response to bobio)I found Closed Network to be a nuisance and stopped using it years ago. As pointed out by Bob it offers almost no security.MBP Unibody 15 " 2.53GHz SSD 4GB RAM, MBP 15" 2.4GHz 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 2, 2011 12:39 PM (in response to Bob Timmons)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?Macbook MacBook 13-inch Aluminum Late 2008, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 2, 2011 1:20 PM (in response to ismael_vafe)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.MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, iPhone
Currently Being ModeratedApr 2, 2011 1:31 PM (in response to Bob Timmons)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.Macbook MacBook 13-inch Aluminum Late 2008, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 2, 2011 3:36 PM (in response to ismael_vafe)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 TimmonsMacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, iPhone