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.
Connect to a Hidden Wi-Fi Network
- Name of the Wi-Fi network SSID
- Security type of the Wi-Fi network
- Wi-Fi password
- Click the Apple icon on the upper-left corner and select System Preferences... link.
- On the System Preferences window, click the Network icon.
- On the Network window, select the Wi-Fi icon.
- Click the Network Name drop-down menu and select the Join Other Network... link.
- On the Find and join a Wi-Fi network window, enter the name of the hidden Wi-Fi network into the Network Name field.
- 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).
- Enter the Wi-Fi password into the Password field.
- Click the Join button to connect.
- A green dot next to the Wi-Fi tab indicates a successful connection.