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How to Connect to a Hidden Wireless Network in Windows Laptop

In order to secure wireless connections, network administrators may like to hide the Wi-Fi network with no broadcast SSID. Here is a guide on how to connect to a hidden wireless network in Windows 10 laptop.

To Connect to a Hidden Wireless Network in Windows 10 Laptop

Hidden networks won’t appear in your list of available networks, which make it difficult to find and connect. In order to connect to a hidden network successfully, you need know its SSID (Network Name) and password, as well as its other security information. You can check that information with your network administrator.

Alternatively, you can get that information from router's configuration menu, wireless settings and wireless security section. The exact steps see How to Change Wi-Fi Name and Password.

With these steps below, you can easily connect to a hidden wireless network.

Step 1: Open Network and Sharing Center.

Right-click on the wireless network icon and then select Open Network and Sharing Center.

Open Network and Sharing Center

Step 2: Click on Set up a new connection or network.

Set up a new connection or network

Step 3: Then select Manually connect to a wireless network, and then click on Next.

Manually connect to a wireless network

Step 4: Enter the security information for your network in the appropriate fields as follows. Then click Next.

Enter information for the wireless network

Tip: In order to connect to this network automatically, check the box next to Start this connection automatically. You should also check the box that next to Connect even if the network is not broadcasting.

Step 5: Windows 10 will notify you that it has successfully added the wireless network.

Added to the hidden wireless network

Next time, your device will automatically connect to it.

If you find your laptop is stuck on some other Wi-Fi problems, like, can’t connect to Wi-Fi, you can try to fix it using these solutions: How to Fix Laptop Cannot Connect to Wi-Fi.