Configure Windows XP Wireless Zero Configuration
To Connect To An Encrypted Wi-Fi Network With A Hidden ESSID/SSID

First version: 01.08.2005 | This revision: 01.08.2005 (GMT+8)


As explained in Wi-Fi Wireless Networks FAQ, the SSID of one's wireless router or Access Point should not be disabled since it does not improve on security in any way and may affect your network's connectivity.  However, there are times when one needs to connect to a wireless network whose SSID is not broadcasting.  This tutorial covers the instructions to setup the wireless client to connect to such a network.
Go to Control Panel, followed by Network Connections.

Right click Wireless Network Connection and select Properties.
Click on Wireless Networks tab.
Click the [ Add ] button below Preferred networks.

Enter information about the wireless network.

For example.  For a WPA encrypted network, enter the router or Access Point's SSID, select network authentication type and data encryption method, and input the router's encryption key accordingly (shown here labelled as Network key).

For a WEP encrypted network, enter SSID, select network authentication type and data encryption method, and enter the encryption key.
If the Network key box is grayed  out, untick The key is provided for me automatically setting.

Next, click on the Authentication tab.
If available, untick the Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication for this network setting.
(option to disable may not be available on Windows XP SP1 using WPA encryption)

Click [ OK ] to save setup and exit.

Select the network connection you have just created and click [ Move up ] button to move the entry to the top of the list.

Click [ OK ] to save settings and exit.



Additional Reading (may open in a new window)
Step-by-step Setup Guide To A Secure Home Wi-Fi Network
Wi-Fi Wireless Networks FAQ
Windows XP Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC)/Wireless Network Troubleshooting Checklist



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