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How do I connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network using a MAC OS device?
Typically, Wi-Fi networks broadcast their SSID and the wireless client can see the SSID on the list of Wi-Fi networks.  A hidden Wi-Fi network is a Wi-Fi network that doesn't broadcast its network ID (SSID).  The intent of a hidden Wi-Fi network is to prevent authorized users from being able to detect the Wi-Fi network from their wireless client.

This document describes how to configure a MAC OS device to connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network.

  • Name of the Wi-Fi network SSID
  • Security type of the Wi-Fi network
  • Wi-Fi password

Connect to a Hidden Wi-Fi Network
  1. Click the Apple icon on the upper-left corner and select System Preferences... link.

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  2. On the System Preferences window, click the Network icon. 

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  3. On the Network window, select the Wi-Fi icon.
  4. Click the Network Name drop-down menu and select the Join Other Network... link.

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  5. On the Find and join a Wi-Fi network window, enter the name of the hidden Wi-Fi network into the Network Name field.
  6. Click the Security drop-down menu and select the security type (WEP, WPA/WPA2 Personal, WPA2 Personal, Dynamic Wep, WPA/WPA2 Enterprise, or WPA2 Enterprise). 
  7. Enter the Wi-Fi password into the Password field.
  8. Click the Join button to connect.  

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  9. A green dot next to the Wi-Fi tab indicates a successful connection.

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