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How do I hide the hidden networks button?

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    How do I hide the hidden networks button?


    Hi There,
    Does anyone know if there is a way to hide the hidden network button. See sceenshot

    Thanks
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  2. #2


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    hi, what device are you using ,laptop ,or notebook, or tablet .
    the only way I know is to set the router it belongs to don't broadcast ssid,you do this by going into the routers setting ,using its IP address usually shown on the bottom of the router ,I have never had to do this myself ,but I think from what I read ,it will still show the icon just no name,if that network isn't yours then iam not sure but I think there are other ways of blocking it,like setting wifi to only show secure or unsecure ,easiest thing is just google what you want and it should find answers and descriptions of what you want to do .
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    There is a solution if you always use the same Network. If you regularly change your wi-fi network, while travelling or something else, don't follow this procedure.

    Open a Command Prompt as Administrator, and type :
    Code:
    netsh wlan add filter permission=denyall networktype=infrastructure
    netsh wlan add filter permission=denyall networktype=adhoc
    netsh wlan set blockednetworks display=hide
    netsh wlan add filter permission=allow ssid=??? networktype=infrastructure   (replace ??? with your ssid)
    The first 2 lines block all wi-fi networks. Meaning you can't connect to any of them anymore.
    The 3rd line hides them.
    The fourth line adds an allowed network, which will be the only one showing up.
    Replace the question marks with the exact name of the network you usually connect to.

    Here are the commands to reset everything back to default :
    Code:
    netsh wlan delete filter permission=denyall networktype=infrastructure
    netsh wlan delete filter permission=denyall networktype=adhoc
    netsh wlan set blockednetworks display=show
    More information on netsh wlan at : Netsh Commands for Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) in Windows Server 2008
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  4. #4


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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Quote Originally Posted by Brickman7713 View Post
    Hi There,
    Does anyone know if there is a way to hide the hidden network button. See sceenshot

    Thanks
    Hidden, just means that it is not brodcasting an SSID. There is really no way to hide someone else's network Wif,that they seem to think that a Hiden SSID is going to not keep people from finding them.

    It is like taking the house numbers off of your house. It is still physically there. Everyone can still see it.
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  5. #5


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    Windows 8


    So there is no way not to show that button?
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  6. #6


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by Brickman7713 View Post
    So there is no way not to show that button?
    I think there is but we need to know if that connection is yours or a neighbours ,or what

    also you didn't answer any of the other question ,like what device you are using when you see this button
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  7. #7


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    Windows 8


    Sorry about that, I am using a windows 8.1 pro Lenovo laptop. And the network is a hotspot coming from my Android tablet.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    thanks for the info ,now maybe someone has an answer because I sure don't ,didn't even know you could pick up a network like that,lol
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    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    Quote Originally Posted by Brickman7713 View Post
    So there is no way not to show that button?
    Again, that is not a button. It is just a signal indicator, indicating that the wifi on your laptop, is picking up a wifi signal.
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  10. #10


    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    thanks for the info ,now maybe someone has an answer because I sure don't ,didn't even know you could pick up a network like that,lol
    We have answered your question in the same way. Again, there is no way to hide a Network signal that does not have an SSID associated with it.

    Also, adding the "lol" at the end, makes it appear that you think this is a joke. Unless you wish to be serious about your questions. You will not get ignored if you add a "lol", or treat a question or answer as some joke.
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