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SBG6700-AC (v8.6.x): Wireless Closed Network Setup

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How do I setup my SBG6700-AC 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 2.4 GHz and/or 5 GHz wireless network (SSID) from broadcasting.

CAUTION: In order to configure the SBG6700-AC to not broadcast the wireless network (SSID), the Automatic Security Configuration (WPS) feature must be disabled. 

To Configure Closed System Network

  1. Launch a Firefox or Safari browser.  Enter into the address box, and press the Enter key.  

    NOTE: A browser message on Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera, may appear when accessing the Web Manager.  The message includes 192.168.01 uses an unsupported protocol and ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH.  The Web Manager uses an earlier version of the TLS protocol and does not match the version allowed by the web browser.  Safari browsers on Apple PC and mobile devices are not impacted.  The workaround to access the Web Manager with a PC is to use the Firefox browser and set the TLS version to 1.  For workaround instructions refer to article # 19435 - uses an unsupported protocol.
  2. A security or private risk alert may appear on the web browser advising users to proceed with caution when accessing the Web Manager.  There is no risk in proceeding to the Web Manager.  For instructions to bypass the alert screen, refer to article # 18181 - Alert Message for Web Manager Access.
  3. On the Login page, enter admin or a customized username in the Username field.
  4. Enter password or a customized password in the Password field.

    NOTE: On later versions of the SBG6700-AC, the Wi-Fi Security Key is used as the default admin password printed on the bottom white label.  For assistance with Web Manager Access, refer to article # 18754 – SBG6700-AC: Web Manager Access.

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  5. Click the Login button. The Home page will appear.

    Right click on the image to save it to your computer.
  6. On the Home page, click on Manage Wi-Fi Network.  The Wireless - Primary Network Settings page will appear.

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  7. On the Wireless - Primary Network Settings page:
    a.  Select the desired frequency tab to modify (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz).

    NOTE 1: Choosing the Wireless Interface only determines which frequency settings are desired to be modified.  The 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies are already enabled simultaneously by default.

    NOTE 2: The 2.4 GHz frequency supports 802.11 b/g/n wireless clients, while the 5.0 GHz frequency supports 802.11n wireless clients only.  802.11n devices will generally perform better in the 5GHz range.

    NOTE 3: In this example, the 2.4 GHz frequency has been selected to modify.

    b.   Network Name (SSID) Broadcast - Click and select Disable.
    c.   The message box appears "Disabling the SSID Broadcast will disable WPS. Do you want to continue?", click the Ok button. 
    d.   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).

    Right click on the image to save it to your computer.

The SBG6700-AC 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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