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Old July 16th, 2010, 06:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone have a problem connecting to a network with a hidden SSID? My wife can connect to our router fine with her Droid INc (wireless N router). But i can't unless i enable broadcasting the SSID. I found the hidden SSID enabler app, and going to try that. If that doesn't work does anyone else have any ideas? If i enable SSID broadcast i connect right away. If i disable it, i lose the connection and it is "out of range". Very annoying as i live in a condo unit with 10 other wifi networks in my range. Would like to keep my netwrok as private as possible.

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Strange- I had no trouble connecting to my hidden network at home.
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Anyone have a problem connecting to a network with a hidden SSID? My wife can connect to our router fine with her Droid INc (wireless N router). But i can't unless i enable broadcasting the SSID. I found the hidden SSID enabler app, and going to try that. If that doesn't work does anyone else have any ideas? If i enable SSID broadcast i connect right away. If i disable it, i lose the connection and it is "out of range". Very annoying as i live in a condo unit with 10 other wifi networks in my range. Would like to keep my netwrok as private as possible.

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Yup having the same problem. Got a hidden SSID on my home router and it won't connect either (out of range). Hopefully someone comes up with a trick lol.
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I don't broadcast the SSID on my home network and I connected just fine. You can't have any typos. I believe even the SSID is case sensitive.
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I don't broadcast the SSID on my home network and I connected just fine. You can't have any typos. I believe even the SSID is case sensitive.
Everything is case-sensitive. The SSID and the password are all case-sensitive.
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yup...problems with hidden.

it worked once, then never again. i changed nothing on the phone, just enabled ssid broadcast at the AP, and voila...connects consistently.

for the record, this is with an enterprise-class avaya (proxim) AP, using 802.1x authentication to a corporate LAN.

hopefully something addressed in .604?
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no problem concecting to my hidden WPA2PSK home network, corp networks hidden PEAP MSCHAPV2 is a nightmare though, unable to connect to it no matter what i try
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Anyone have a problem connecting to a network with a hidden SSID? My wife can connect to our router fine with her Droid INc (wireless N router). But i can't unless i enable broadcasting the SSID. I found the hidden SSID enabler app, and going to try that. If that doesn't work does anyone else have any ideas? If i enable SSID broadcast i connect right away. If i disable it, i lose the connection and it is "out of range". Very annoying as i live in a condo unit with 10 other wifi networks in my range. Would like to keep my netwrok as private as possible.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
change your hidden SSID to something super easy like abc123 just for testing then see if you can connect, if you connect then you are messing up something in your SSID like a space or a capitalized letter or something.
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I was using a hidden SSID with my Droid just fine for months with an older linksys G router. I just upgraded to a new linksys N router, model E3000. I set the new router up identical to the old router, including the hidden SSID and all of a sudden my phone says out of range. I don't have an issue with 2 different laptops, just the Droid. I changed the SSID to be broadcast and all of a sudden it works great. Change it back to hidden and its out of range again. Has to be some compatibility issues for some router models I presume. Very frustrating.
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I use a hidden SSID on my home network. The DX won't always automatically connect to it. What I've found seems to remedy the situation is to manually force it to connect. I went to the "Add WiFi network" selection under WiFi Settings. I then manually added my SSID including it's encryption type and password. When the DX didn't automatically connect to the SSID, I then went to "Manage Networks" under WiFi settings and clicked on the SSID I had previously added. It then connected to the network.

It's a bit of a work-around but it's much preferable to dealing with the slower 3G data rates.
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Yes. Mine is hidden too. Just add it manually. And also make sure you dont have MAC filtering on. If you do, you will need to get into the router setup and add the mac address to the list before it will connect even if you have the SSID and Password.
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Old July 29th, 2010, 05:52 AM   #13 (permalink)
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change your hidden SSID to something super easy like abc123 just for testing then see if you can connect, if you connect then you are messing up something in your SSID like a space or a capitalized letter or something.
SSID cannot have spaces. I type it fine, i quadrupled checked everything. Everything is set up fine, just won't connect when SSID isn't broadcast, enable broadcast and it connects immediately. So i know it's done right if it connects when broadcast, cause it wouldn't connect then either if something was typed wrong.

Just leaving SSID broadcasting for now. Hoping the next update to 2.2 will fix this. I have MAC address filtering on, but once again, set up right or i wouldn't be able to connect at all, whether SSID is broadcasting or not. Just doens't like my router i guess
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Do your routers use 802.11n? I heard some where that the X is having some issues with .11n networks.
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Yep, i use N. I read that too. Sad
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So, this seems to be an interesting problem - I have found that with my hidden wireless network at home with my incredible, when I just turn on wifi it does not connect, but if I go into the wifi settings where it lists the networks and scroll down so that my network is on the screen. Then the phone sees the network and connects right to it - works most every time - don't know why!
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Mine does the same thing, if I just turn on wifi it won't connect to the network, I have to go into wifi settings then it connects right away.

Last week on vacation at the hotel with a broadcast SSID it would connect automatically. I think it's an android issue, not phone specific.
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I believe that your router is dual band make sure that wirelss g is enabled you can set up same security in both bands but I would change ssid a little to be able to connect your wireless n devices to proper band.
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In my case the quick fix was to ensure that the ssid being entired was the same case as the one your router was broadcasting. Can you believe the stupid device was actually case-sensitive. When I entired my ssid on my droid the first character was being capitalized, switched it to lower case after giving myself a headache and it connected even though it was hidden.
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Hidden SSIDs don't really provide any extra security.
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I had to take my router out of mixed "N" mode. When I set it to 802.11 B & G mode only, my EVO 4G connects to my network, hidden or visible just fine. If I add in N mode, it craps out and says the network is out of range if it's hidden. It can only connect to "N" node when the ssid is visible. So, just set your router to "Mixed B & G Mode", hide your ssid, and you should be fine. Hope it work for everyone.
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