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Configuring a hidden SSID

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The Cisco  Meraki Enterprise Cloud Controller allows for you to hide one or more SSIDs (SSID Cloaking). Please keep in mind that hiding an SSID does not provide robust security; instead, Cisco Meraki recommends using WPA or WPA2.  One suggested use of hidden SSIDs is to reduce the "clutter" and prevent users from mistakenly trying to associate with an SSID to which they are not supposed to associate. 

If you decide to use hidden SSIDs, please be aware that some users may need further technical support to properly configure and connect to an SSID that is not visible in common wireless network utilities. This can add extra work for IT administrators because they will have to go to every machine and manually configure the SSID, rather than telling users what network to connect to and the password. 

To configure a hidden SSID, please follow the following steps:


  1. Go to your dashboard account and sign in to the network you would like to manage
  2. Navigate to Configure > SSID Availability
  3. Select the SSID you would like to manage
  4. For SSID Visibility, choose Hide this SSID
  5. Save your changes
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