There are some reasons why some people hide their Wireless network or WiFi. The main reasons it’s all about security. We heard all over the news and the internet WiFi being hacked or has been compromised by a hacker. Security is very important nowadays and it starts at your home connection. All Hidden WiFi don’t broadcast their names, so they are not visible in the list of available networks that you can connect to your device or desktop computer. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t connect to a hidden wifi or network: you can, but you have to know the SSID (name), as well as all its other security information. In this tutorial, I will teach you to step by step instructions on how to connect to a hidden wifi in windows 10.

First things first you have to configure your router and enter the necessary information to create your WiFi hotspot and make it hidden.

If you want to connect to a broadcasting wi-fi or a wireless network. much of the network configuration is done automatically. All you have to do is enter a password and press Go and you are now connected. It’s different from a hidden network when you connect to a hidden wifi you’ll need to know the security info and enter it manually.

Now try to access your router’s config menu, which can be done typically by entering its IP address like for example mine is (192.168.11.1) in your browser’s address bar.

Enter the username ID it’s usually Admin and password is the password for default router but you have to change it for security purposes. Enter the wireless settings section and not your network’s name (or SSID) and its security type. If your network uses WEP, note the WEP key. If you’re using WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK, note the Pre-shared key. If you aren’t using any kind of security, you’ll only need the SSID but I advise you to choose WPA2-PSK and Encryption choose: AES.

Note: Before you try to connect, make sure you are within the range of your network which is usually 100 meters long.

Now connect to your hidden wi-fi using windows 10 device

The first thing to do is you have to right-click and open the Network and Sharing Center as shown in the image below.

Network and Sharing
Open Network and Sharing Center

In the dialog box Network and Sharing Center, click or tap “Set up a new connection or network”.

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Set up a new connection or network

Now Select “Manually connect to a wireless network” and click or tap Next.

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Manually connect to a wireless network

Enter the security info for your wireless network in the appropriate fields, as follows:

  • Enter the SSID in the Network name field.
  • In the Security type field choose the type of security used by the hidden wireless network. Some routers may name this authentication method. Depending on the security type you choose, Windows may or may not ask you to also specify an encryption type.
  • In the Security key field, enter the password used by the wireless network.
  • If you don’t want others to see the password you type, check the box that says “Hide characters”.
  • In order to connect to this network automatically, check the box that says “Start this connection automatically”.
  • You should also check the box that says “Connect even if the network is not broadcasting”.

Fill the necessary information, press Next.

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Enter information for the wireless network you want to add

Windows 10 will notify you that it has successfully added the wireless network. Press Close and you are done.

If you are in the network’s range, your Windows 10 will now automatically connect it for you. As shown in the image below.

Connected Wifi
Wireless connected

Final Words

If you followed the instructions carefully no issues will arise. If you don’t figure it out or not sure I have also embedded YouTube video in the featured section in this post.

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