Boilerben
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How to connect to "hidden" wifi

Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:05 pm

Total first timer here trying to get my pi 3 configured for my daughter. Our home network SSID is not broadcast meaning it doesn't appear in a list of available networks, you have to know the name. We successfully installed NOOBS and connected to network via Ethernet and it worked great. We started playing with the GPIO and accidentally shorted the 3.3V power on the breadboard. The pi restarted itself but we aren't connected to the Internet anymore. Figured I'd connect to wifi but I don't see a way to connect to a "hidden" SSID.

Any advice? Also need to know how to activate sound. I tried connecting the audio output to a speaker but no sound.

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Re: How to connect to "hidden" wifi

Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:37 pm

Stop hiding your SSID, it does nothing useful except make hard for legitimate uses to connect. It is NOT a security option.

To connect to hidden SSIDs needs special instructions in the /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf file
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Re: How to connect to "hidden" wifi

Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:35 pm

Sorry, but some people don't want or need to broadcast their HOME wifi to the neighborhood. If you offer your wifi as a public access, then broadcast away.

Other note, thank you for the link.

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Re: How to connect to "hidden" wifi

Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:44 am

Why would you hide your wifi? Is a password not enough security?

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Re: How to connect to "hidden" wifi

Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:13 am

RaspbianDK wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:44 am
Why would you hide your wifi? Is a password not enough security?
Hiding the SSID actually does not increase security...
It means that every device that wants to connect has to shout out the SSID continuously, something that can be easily picked up by the bad guys
See e.g. https://lifehacker.com/5636856/is-hidin ... ore-secure

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Re: How to connect to "hidden" wifi

Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:32 pm

Hidden SSID add security complexity, basic attacker will have less chance to enter in your network.

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Re: How to connect to "hidden" wifi

Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:17 pm

Dontyvito wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:32 pm
Hidden SSID add security complexity, basic attacker will have less chance to enter in your network.
Sorry but any monitor capable WiFi adapter can pick these up https://www.acrylicwifi.com/en/blog/hid ... hout-ssid/

A simple Google disproves this myth.

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Re: How to connect to "hidden" wifi

Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:28 pm

One of my WiFi's SSID broadcast as "WiFi-Virus-Installer", another is "Free-WiFi-USD5-per-min". Both can be accessed by the longest complex password that can be set.

Thought about hiding my WiFi's SSID at first, but gave me problems later so I abandoned the idea.
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Re: How to connect to "hidden" wifi

Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:37 pm

Kinda sad how everyone was so quick to slam the original user asking how to connect wifi to hidden network.

Community gold stars all around!

This is like someone camping asks a neighboring camper for a can opener who was happy to lend can opener however the whole camp ground then decides to lecture on how food is best consumed only from glass jars.

The world isn't going to end because someone is using a hidden wifi network. We don't know their situation... Eg. Maybe a hidden network is the only option for their Apple IIgs or Apple ///. (and that was a test, please don't respond with the specs of AppleTalk or the IIgs networking medium itself).

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Re: How to connect to "hidden" wifi

Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:36 am

Boilerben wrote:
Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:05 pm
Total first timer here trying to get my pi 3 configured for my daughter. Our home network SSID is not broadcast meaning it doesn't appear in a list of available networks, you have to know the name. We successfully installed NOOBS and connected to network via Ethernet and it worked great. We started playing with the GPIO and accidentally shorted the 3.3V power on the breadboard. The pi restarted itself but we aren't connected to the Internet anymore. Figured I'd connect to wifi but I don't see a way to connect to a "hidden" SSID.

Any advice? Also need to know how to activate sound. I tried connecting the audio output to a speaker but no sound.
Beyond the need to some tweaking to connect to a hidden network, if your Pi happily connected to the network via ethernet before the "incident" and does not after it is very likely something bad has happened to it hardware wise. The Pi very much does not like 5v connected to 3.3v, nor either shorted to ground.

In terms of the speaker, the 3.5mm jack of a PI is designed to drive either small earbuds (32 ohm micro speakers), OR to drive an audio amplifier, its NOT designed to directly drive larger (8 or 32 Ohm) speakers.You should be able to hear something, but you really need either a audio amp HAT or a set of powered speakers. Do you hear anything with a pair of headphones plugged into the jack?

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