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We have a LAN set up on a Linksys WRT110 router. The LAN is normally used by 6-8 people. Right now, the network is set to WPA2-Personal security and its SSID isn't being broadcast (at least, that's what it says in the router settings).
However, one user noticed that, when he views available wireless networks on either of his machines (he has a Vista PC and a Mac Book), he sees
[network] (= the name of our LAN)
In other words, it looks as though our router is broadcasting two "duplicate" networks.
This isn't exactly what I see on my computer, but, when I open Network and Sharing Center (I'm also running Vista), it claims that I'm connected to "[network] 2", even though, everywhere else in my personal settings, my connection is referred to as "[network]".
Can you think of why this might be happening?
11-29-2011 03:19 AM - edited 11-29-2011 03:20 AM
Could be your neighbors router. However you should always have the SSID set to broadcast (enabled) so you know which network is yours. Disabled does nothing for security if thats what you're thinking. Turn it back on, leave it on and check.
11-29-2011 03:51 AM
11-29-2011 07:16 PM
I'm sure that I and other users of this LAN have configured the network more than once. However, when I go to the "Manage Wireless Networks" screen on Vista (where the list of previously-accessed networks is stored), there are no duplicates. I'll have to ask the other users if they see the same thing on their machines.
Also, there are probably threads about this already, but why doesn't turning off the SSID broadcast make a difference?
The reason our LAN is set up this way is because of the suggestion of a former roommate, who was an IT professional. Was it a common belief a few years back that not broadcasting the SSID increased security?
11-30-2011 02:47 AM
12-01-2011 06:54 PM
THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS QUESTION.
I'm having the same issue and have been for several months. It is true what you have stated. Even at my home (now an old network no longer used) that my access point via desktop doesnt show 2 networks. My mobile pc's do!
HOW DO YOU DELETE THE ROUTER IF YOU CAN'T SEE IT?
I have to wonder that just ignoring that old one, and securing my new reinstall, is leaving a weak signal for people to use. The kids in my neighborhood sit at the bball courts and use their pc's. When I unplug mine, they leave w/n 10min.
My neighbor tells me today that comcast calls her they see an unsecure linksys (which is my old one). Oddly enough, they are receiving reports that hers (secured network) had been hacked to go to Univ. Studios to dwnload full length movies. SMNT! I cant delete the router from the (once main desktop) PC bcse I dont see it in the list.
12-02-2011 12:48 AM
12-02-2011 09:48 AM
Most likely your computer has a dual band wireless adaptor. My E3000 running dual bands using rol as the SSID appears as rol and rol 2 on my laptop and television using dual band wireless adaptor.