How to make current Time Capsule, Airport Extreme or Airport Express Wi-Fi network hidden for all new wi-fi enabled devices including Macintosh, iPhone, iPad & iPod touch


As Wi-Fi speed is increasing & popularity is on high it is important to secure your network from evil eyes. And one step forward is to hide your network from scanning brains & eyes of Wi-Fi enabled devices including computers, tablets & phones.


Background about hidden or closed network:
When you create a hidden network with an AirPort Base Station or Time Capsule, the name of the network remains hidden from computers scanning for wireless networks. Users must enter the exact network name to join the network, and they may be asked to enter a password. Both the name of the network and the password are case-sensitive. A hidden network can provide additional security for your network.

Steps to enable hidden network feature:

  1. Open AirPort Utility, located in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder
  2. Select the device you want to set up, and then click Edit
  3. Click Wireless, and then click ‘Wireless Options’
  4. Check the “Create hidden network” checkbox



01:You will have to enter your wi-fi network name on every new device when you are adding that device for first time to your existing wi-fi network.

02: You will have to resign in your existing network connected devices if it asks to do so.

Hope it helps,

Thanks & Regards
Mandar Apte

Published by Mandar Apte

Mandar is a Mumbai-based multi-disciplinary designer with UX/UI, Logo, Symbol, and Brand Identity design expertise. He currently runs his Mudrkashar Linguistic Apple iPhone, iPad, and Mac app business in the heart of Mumbai city.

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