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SBG6580 (v8.5.x): Wireless Closed Network Setup

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How do I setup my SBG6580 not to broadcast the wireless network? 

With a closed network, the wireless network (SSID) will not broadcast.  Users are required to type the SSID into the client application, instead of selecting the SSID from the wireless network available list.  By default, the SSID is set to broadcast and it can be detected by the wireless clients.  This document describes how to disable the wireless network (SSID) from broadcasting.

CAUTION: In order to configure the SBG6580 to not broadcast the wireless network (SSID), the Automatic Security Configuration (WPS) feature must be disabled. 

To Configure Closed System Network

  1. Launch a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari. Enter into the address box, and press the Enter key.  The Login page appears.

    NOTE: By default the LAN IP address is If the default address has been changed, enter the custom address in the address box.
  2. On the Login page:
    a.   Enter admin in the Username field.
    b.   Enter motorola in the Password field.
    c.   Click the Login button. The Home page appears.

    NOTE: On firmware version and later, the default admin password is required to be changed.  The Change User Password prompt will immediately appear after logging into the Web manager with the default admin password.  For assistance with the Change User Password screen, please refer to article # 18055 - SBG6580 (v.8.9.x): Prompt to Change Default Admin Login.

  3. On the Home page, click on Manage Wi-Fi Network.  The Wireless - Primary Network Settings page appears.

  4. On the Wireless - Primary Network Settings page:
    a.   Network Name (SSID) Broadcast - Select Disable.
    b.   The message box appears "Disabling the SSID Broadcast will disable WPS. Do you want to continue?", click the Ok button. 
    c.   Click the Apply button.

    NOTE: The settings will take effect immediately.  Restarting the gateway is not required.  Be sure to copy down the Network Name (SSID).


The SBG6580 is now configured in a closed system network.  The SSID will not broadcast.  Please refer to the wireless vendor for assistance with manually configuring a wireless client.



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