Connecting to Wireless Router with hidden SSID

I've installed the Win 8 Consumer Preview.  I see that it has evolved quite a bit from the Developer's Preview!

I wonder if anyone else has had a problem trying to connect to a wireless network when the wireless router does NOT broadcast the SSID. (I hide the SSID just as an additional security precaution).

No matter what I try, I cannot connect to the router.  It connects without a problem when I DO NOT hide the SSID.

I've entered the SSID and security key many times (copying and pasting from a text file to ensure accuracy) but to no avail.

This problem does not exist with the developer preview version of Win 8.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Hello CCOT,

To setup your hidden SSID wireless connection manually, follow these steps:

I would suggest selecting Desktop from the Start Screen and then pulling up the Charms bar by pressing Windows key + C and selecting Settings and then Control Panel.

In the Control Panel, select Network and Sharing Center and then Set up a new connection or network. See if you are able to configure your wireless connection from there and let us know the results.

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You fell for the 'hidden SSID' myth?

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/28653/debunking-myths-is-hiding-your-wireless-ssid-really-more-secure/

 

Also, try these.. Download and install Xirrus Wi-fi Inspector and the associated gadget. Run them both with your SSID hidden and showing..

Go to this website.. http://www.xirrus.com/Products/Wi-Fi-Inspector.aspx

If Xirrus shows the SSID when you have it hidden, then anybody running Xirrus can also see the SSID..

 

Post your findings back here.. 

 

A better way to protect your connection is to use Mac address filtering..

http://netsecurity.about.com/od/quicktip1/qt/qtwifimacfilter.htm

http://compnetworking.about.com/cs/wirelessproducts/qt/macaddress.htm

 

And if you have a D-Link router.. http://support.dlink.ca/Emulators/dir655/121/MAC_Address_Filter.html

Windows 10 Pro - Start10 - part of a local network which is a '3rd party optimizer-free' zone..

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