Each wireless network has an identifier that devices like phones or computers use to find your Wi-Fi network. This is known as the Service Set Identifier (SSID), often referred to as the Wi-Fi network name.

When your SSID is broadcasting regularly, you can find it from the rundown of Wi-Fi networks on your phone/computer, type the password, and get connected. To enhance the security of your network, you may want to try to hide your router’s SSID.

How to hide your Wi-Fi router

Note: AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 Router is used as an example.

Before you start, make sure you connect your device (phone/computer) to the router’s Wi-Fi network.

1. Launch a web browser, enter http://re.rockspace.local in the address bar, and log in.

2. Go to Wireless > Basic, choose the 2.4GHz or 5GHz Wi-Fi you want to hide. Tick Hide and tap Apply.

Wireless > Basic > Hide

If your Wi-Fi network’s name (SSID) is hidden, you need to manually enter the Wi-Fi network name. You’ll also need to know the Wi-Fi security type (WEP, WPA, WPA2 or WPA3) and password.

Remember that though concealing your SSID adds an extra layer to prevent would-be Wi-Fi poachers, it is not always a successful safety measure. It will forestall those who know little about Wi-Fi to connect with your network, however very little else. Somebody who wants to hack into your network and understands what they're doing will have alternate ways of getting in.

Aside from concealing your network and trusting that no one sees it, we suggest that you truly secure your network by following fundamental router security tips. Every one of them is significant. See how to secure my home network for more information.