Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Connect to WiFi network with hidden ssid issues

I have got a problem while connecting my nexus 7 to a WiFi network with a hidden SSID on my  linksys G router at home. When I add it manually and enable SSID broadcast, it joins the network right away. Then go to disable broadcast, it will lost the connection and be out of range. but I can connect to the router fine using my Droid INc. How can I make nexus 7 WiFi to connect to non- broadcasted SSID?

* You might mess up a space or capitalized letter in SSID. Change the hidden SSID to something easy like 123456 for testing.
* Make sure the router don't have enabled MAC filtering. Manually add your SSID (encryption type and password) on your tablet. Then go to WiFi settings, Manage Networks and tap on the SSID to force it to connect.
* The hidden SSID is a minor annoyance with Android devices, especially with WPA2. If the tablet is still failed to detect, set your router to 802.11 B & G mode, not N mode.


  1. I have the same problem with my Nexus 7. I just got a new router My old one I had set to WEP and the new one (Netgear n600) I have set for WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES]. I configure the Nexus with broadcast SSID on to avoid typing. I can turn the Broadcast SSID on and off and watch the Nexus lose connection when off, and regain it when on. With my old router on WEP it did not do this.

  2. I have the exact same issue. Broadcast on, Nexus connects, turn broadcast off, Nexus disconnects. I have no issues with any other devices and I do not see an option on the Nexus to tell it to connect even if not broadcasting.

  3. same problem. wifi connectivity is critical for this device. they should not have shipped this product with such a basic problem. even with just 1% having hidden settings, that's a lot. apple products works fine. my samsung wifi device works fine. this is a big disappointment for me from google and asus.