connecting to a hidden WAP router

Nigel Ridley nigel at
Thu Dec 11 11:36:04 UTC 2008

Nils Kassube wrote:
> Nigel Ridley wrote:
>> Nils Kassube wrote:
>>> Nigel Ridley wrote:
>>>> And how can I connect to one that doesn't show on the list?
>>> Right click on the knetworkmanager icon. Select "connect to other
>>> network" (or similar wording) and enter network name and encryption
>>> details. Then click "connect". At least that's how it works here
>>> (Kubuntu 8.04).
>> I tried that already but without the network name (essid) it won't let
>> me click the 'Connect' button. 
> I think that makes sense - if it doesn't know the network name it can't 
> know to which one it should connect :)
>> Also if I put in the essid name (even 
>> though the router isn't broadcasting it -- 'don't broadcast essid'
>> option) then KnetworkManager tries but gives up after about 45 seconds
>> with a can't connect error.
> While it tries to connect there usually is a progress bar - how far does 
> it go, 28% or 57%?
> Did you check for spelling errors of network name and / or passphrase? 
> Other than that I have no idea why it shouldn't work. Maybe it depends on 
> the network card? What type do you use? Check with the "lspci" command if 
> you don't know it already. It works for me with IPW-2200 and AR-2413 
> cards.
> Nils

Hi Nils,

I think the problem is KNetworkManager. If, after changing the settings on the router, I try to 
connect using KNetworkManager it times-out at 28% (if it is a mistyped password it fails almost 
immediately). If I reboot the laptop then KNetworkManager finds the router and connects no 
problem (if it has a broadcasting essid).

So how do folks connect to routers that don't broadcast their essid's -- what is the point of 
that router option if one cannot connect to it?




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