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Guidelines to Disable SSID Broadcast to Hide Your WiFi Network

The SSID is the name of your Netgear extender's WiFi network. Its primary function is to make the WiFi network of your device visible and easily accessible to all your devices. Every extender has a default SSID name thereby leaving your network open for anyone to access. It's BAD news! To fix this issue, we recommend you disable SSID broadcast of your extender immediately! Doing so will ensure that no unauthorized user can enter your network without your permission.

In this blog post, you'll find the step-by-step guidelines that'll help you disable SSID broadcast in a matter of seconds. So, with no further ado, scroll down, and read on.

How to Disable SSID to Hide the Network of Your Extender?

Mentioned below are instructions that you need to follow in order to hide the network name of your Netgear WiFi range extender:

Note: In case you get stuck while trying to disable SSID broadcast of your extender, feel free to take the help of our highly experienced technical experts. They'll surely be able to provide you with the right guidelines to troubleshoot whatever issue you're facing.

1. Connect the Extender to the Router

Start by configuring the hardware of your Netgear WiFi extender. Once the extender's hardware has been configured, connect the extender to the router. You can connect your devices using both a wireless source and a cable.

For those of you who have used an Ethernet cable to connect your Netgear extender and router, make sure that it is not loose or worn out. Using a damaged Ethernet cable will send an invitation to issues that had no intention of troubling you.

2. Open the Netgear Extender GUI

Once a proper connection between your Netgear extender and router has been established, switch on your laptop and connect it to a WiFi network. Then, follow the instructions mentioned below to proceed further:

  • Open the GUI of your Netgear extender by using mywifiext.
  • If your extender is using a new Genie UI, then you need to enter your email and password.
  • Type the email and password that you entered while initially setting up your extender.
  • If your extender is using an old Genie UI, you need to enter the default admin details.
  • Thus, enter the default username and password of your extender in the given fields.
  • Click on the Log In button to access the mywifiext setup wizard.

Note: In case you are confused regarding the default username and password of your device, we recommend you to refer to the Netgear manual that came along with your extender. You'll find every little detail of your WiFi range extender there.

3. Go to the WiFi Settings of Your Device

Once you successfully access the setup wizard, go to the WiFi Settings option. Now, follow the guidelines given below:

  • Uncheck the 'Broadcast this Network name (SSID)' option.
  • Do the same for both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.
  • Click on the Save button and wait for your changes to get saved.

By following these step-by-step guidelines, you'll surely be able to disable SSID broadcast to hide the WiFi network of your Netgear extender. In case of any doubts or queries, don't hesitate to get in touch with our technical experts.

PROS of Disabling SSID to Hide Your WiFi Network

For those of you who still need a little more convincing as to how hiding the network name of your extender is beneficial, the below-mentioned points might be of some help to you:

  • Disabling SSID broadcast makes your network name invisible to others.
  • Even more advanced users won't be able to find your WiFi network.
  • Whosoever wants to connect to your network will have to take your permission first.
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