The Belkin router has the ability to hide its Service Set Identifier, more commonly known as the SSID. The SSID is the name of the router that you see when you use the wireless manager in Windows to scan for available networks. Hiding the SSID can increase the security of your network, but this also has potential disadvantages. Let’s take a look at both advantages and disadvantages of hiding SSID on a Belkin router. Maybe, you will be able to understand the concept and then, decide whether you should keep the SSID hidden or not.
Signing in to the Router
The web-based configuration interface of the Belkin router allows you to access your security settings. You can access this screen by opening a browser and entering the IP address of the router – “192.168.2.1” Normally, if you have not changed the default login credentials of the router, click the “Submit” button without entering a username or password to enter
Hiding the “Channel and SSID” SSID under the “Wireless” heading on the left side of the setup screen allows you to enable and disable the SSID transmission of your Belkin router. You can hide the SSID by selecting this option by unchecking the box next to “Broadcast SSID” and clicking “Apply Changes.”
The benefit of Hiding SSID
If you disable the broadcast SSID of your Belkin router, anyone conducting a standard exam for routers using the connection software included with Windows will not be able to see that a wireless network is present. This can be a simple way to prevent intrusion attempts if a hacker does not know you have a wireless network, so he will not try to gain access. This also prevents the neighbors from trying to use your Internet connection without your permission.
Disadvantages of hiding SSID
Although hiding the SSID from your Belkin router may deter casual hacking by hiding the SSID does not make your transmission invisible. A hacker can still detect the transmission using the free software available as InSSIDer. Therefore, it should not be considered as a substitute for a strong encryption algorithm such as WPA2. In addition, being able to look up your router’s SSID causes the process of adding new devices to the network simple.
If the SSID is hidden, you will have to enter all configuration information manually each time you want to add a new device such as a computer, mobile device, or game console to the network. Now that you know the benefits and drawbacks of hiding an SSID on your Belkin Router, you can make a decision whether you should do it or not. If you have any doubts, you can contact experts by logging onto Belkin Router Setup com.
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