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What is an SSID?

The SSID, short for Service Set Identifier, is the name of your wireless network. Whenever you enable the Wi-Fi functionality on your laptop or mobile device, a list of different Wi-Fi networks will be displayed. These are the basic SSIDs for various wireless networks.

Your Netgear Extender releases the SSID so that nearby devices can find it easily. The network SSID can be up to 32 characters, but there is no restriction. Therefore, whether you are a private individual or a business, it is important to keep your SSID confidential.

Why do I need to hide the network SSID?

Wi-Fi networks are a gateway for SSID data thieves and cybercriminals to access personal and business data. In short, crooks are more interested in data that they can easily access, and then blackmail for.

Thus, keeping your network’s SSID secret will protect it from unauthorized access. By doing so, your Netgear_ext extender will not appear in any device’s network list. This way, you can keep unwanted neighbors off your back, while also preventing valuable data from being stolen. In other words, they make Wi-Fi networks “less accessible” in their quest for a free lunch.

Want to protect your Netgear WiFi Extender from unauthorized access? Now it’s time to hide your network’s SSID.

Steps to hide Netgear Wi-Fi network SSID

Here are the steps to encrypt the SSID name.

  • Launch a web browser on your computer.
  • Enter the web address in the browser’s address bar.
  • Put in the username and password to access the mywifiext setup wizard.
  • Click the Menu option.
  • Go to Settings, then Wireless.
  • Uncheck the Broadcast Network Name (SSID) check box.
  • Click the Save button.

Doing so will hide the SSID name from unauthorized access.

To make the Netgear Genie Setup Wizard easier to navigate, here are a few features to consider.

Instructions for accessing the Netgear Genie Configuration Wizard

Here are 5 tips to keep in mind when entering the Netgear Genie Setup Wizard.

1. Latest web browser


Whether it’s Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or Mozilla Firefox, make sure to use an up-to-date internet browser when trying to change your network’s SSID. Internet browsers should not have any old browser history, cache or unwanted file. This prevents the user from entering the Netgear Genie Configuration Wizard to rename the Wi-Fi network.

2. The correct URL


Sometimes in a hurry, many Internet users often enter the wrong URL. When entering a URL into your browser’s URL bar, make sure there are no typographical errors. Turn off the caps lock key when you are done. When entering the URL, make sure there are no extra spaces or unnecessary characters. Never enter a URL in the search bar of a web browser.


Valid login information


Have you changed your Wi-Fi network username and password recently? Do not use previous credentials to access the Netgear Genie Configuration Wizard. Remember to separate uppercase and lowercase letters in your username and password.


4. Connect well


Before attempting to access the Netgear Genie Setup Wizard, ensure that the Netgear Extender receives an adequate Wi-Fi signal. Make sure you have a good connection between the router and the extension via an active Ethernet cable. Using an old Ethernet cable will cause the Netgear Extender to lose its Wi-Fi signal.


5. Turn off security


Sometimes the security installed in a computer system becomes an obstacle. Some features of the antivirus software prevent the use of the Netgear Genie Setup Wizard.

Whether you have a Netgear X6120 setup at home or configure another extender model, these hacks apply to anyone.


SSIDs play an important role in helping to identify Wi-Fi networks. Therefore, they must be protected from unauthorized access. We hope that you can easily hide the SSID in Netgear Extender after following the guidelines mentioned in this post.