These are great instructions for setting up most wireless routers, although they have little to do with Comcast's routers, as they don't allow for disabling the SSID nor for stronger protection than 128-bit WEP. Having worked with Wireless routers since they were released, I'm here to tell you that with Windows XP, (doesn't matter which version or SP level,) disabling SSID only causes problems with Windows ability to find the router. As long as you disable the MAC addressing ability to where only the network cards you have are seen by the router, disable UPnP, and can use WPA protection, you should be fine in most cases. Unfortunately Comcast still hasn't realised this and **bleep** up the settings pages with the routers with their firmware and don't allow for the WPA protection to work, wheither or not your equipment is capable of it, because their techs are stupid and don't know how to do a simple drop down change to use the protection, since they seem to think that everyone else is incompetent to set up their networks themselves and thus purchase their equipment and need their incompetent techs to go out and do it for you. (Yes, I do mean incompetent, it took them thus far 20 tries to get my network to where it stays connected 70% of the time in comparison it used to stay connected about 55% of the time. I still see major drop offs of connectivity and they still can't figure out there is a problem somewhere in the network that's not at my house, even after they run a dedicated line straight to the modem and the modem isn't showing any problems on it's end, nor have the other 5 modems that have been connected to the line. They also still can't read the news reports as well as Microsoft's website where they tell you that WEP has been cracked for a long while now and is no longer secure nor supported by Microsoft for securing a network.) One more thing, Apples don't have the problems with not being able to find non-broadcasting SSID's that Windows has a problem with. You will experience many drop outs if you're even able to connect at all when using Windows XP and disabling the SSID. I've set up hundereds of Wireless networks for people to know for a fact through trial and error that I know what I'm talking about, I've even discussed it ad nauseam with Microsoft themselves about this issue and they tell me they are still aware of it and are still not able to fix the problem as they require it to be able to find the network to connect to it. Wheither or not you chose to let Windows control the connection or not. I've used every method there is to keep the connection without enabling the SSID and in every case it would drop the connection, if not immediately then shortly afterwards. I'm not saying that everyone will have this problem but with all the networks I have connected to that have the ability to disable it, it's happened with and it's well documented across the net as well. As far as WEP goes, I have to change mine every couple days or it gets cracked, but this varies dependant upon location, it doesn't help I live not far away from a truck stop either and can't disable DHCP with the Comcast router either, since they only allow for a maximum of 5 computers to be connected to their network devices and require that it be enabled.
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