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[feature request] Support connection to hidden WLAN in WLAN Setup (Wifi)

asked 2014-02-14 15:24:56 +0200

k79 gravatar image

updated 2014-02-18 00:12:49 +0200

When doing WiFi setup, currently it is only possible to choose from available visible networks. To connect to hidden WiFi network, user shall manually edit network configuration file from the terminal - and this is for geeks, not for an average user.

It would be nice to add an option of configuring access to hidden WiFi network in Settings -> Connections -> WiFi

Many people are using hidden WiFi networks at their homes. The hotel where I frequently stay while travelling on business also has only hidden WiFi network. So this is an important use case. Besides, it shall be pretty easy and straightforward to implement.

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I can connect to my work's hidden network without any terminal skills. I just had to wait a few seconds until I had the choose to connect to a hidden network. Then I only had to put the SSID name of the network and the password.

petros ( 2014-02-14 21:10:50 +0200 )edit

This seems to have suffered a regression, in that my Jolla has recently stopped recognising my hidden wifi network. It worked fine until a few weeks ago, but now only sees the network about a third of the time, and requires that I forget the network and re-configure it every time I want to connect.

Problem with Tahkalampi

Conrad ( 2014-11-12 13:19:06 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-02-15 13:20:18 +0200

llornkcor gravatar image

updated 2014-02-18 04:43:08 +0200

Hidden ap will appear in the connection dialog as "Hidden". There is a known issue that hidden ap will sometimes not always appear in the list.

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I have at least 4 hidden networks around. On which I should connect ?

tvicol ( 2014-02-18 09:25:22 +0200 )edit

connman doesn't give us much else right now. The one closer to the top will be the one with the strongest signal. This should be handled better in a future update.

llornkcor ( 2014-02-18 10:29:05 +0200 )edit

I see that current connman daemon is 1.15 while latest version is 1.21, who already may address one of our wifi issues https://connman.net/blogs/patrik/2014/connman-121

"ConnMan 1.21 was released Sunday, January 19th, 2014.

ConnMan 1.21 is another bugfix release fixing a few new issues discovered.

Hidden SSID scanning works again and the security mode of the found WiFi network is checked against the one requested (Tomasz Bursztyka). "
tvicol ( 2014-02-18 10:53:13 +0200 )edit

I understand, that Connman limitations exist. However it shall be pretty trivial to implement "Connect to hidden WLAN" dialog, where user can enter SSID, chose security mode and enter the password. It has nothing to do with scanning available networks - just manually enter required data and try to connect with these data. And that solves the problem! :-)

k79 ( 2014-02-20 11:49:51 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-05-05 00:44:15 +0200

Shoppinguin gravatar image

updated 2016-05-05 00:45:56 +0200

Unfortunately this issue is still present in Hidden networks don't show up, not even as "hidden". This bit me today as some guy was killing all visible networks for a few hours. I hid mine and hoped for the best but as soon as the network was hidden, my Jolla phone lost the connection and would not reconnect until the "show" was over and i could unhide my network again.

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answered 2015-12-25 23:26:00 +0200

dietmar gravatar image

updated 2015-12-26 00:46:57 +0200

With Saimaa it seems to be difficult to connect to a hidden WiFi. My brand new Jolla does never give me an option to connect to a hidden WiFi.

And config things have changed: The connman settings are different in structure and look, now. I see this in the moment:

[nemo@Jolla ~]$ cd /var/lib/connman/

[nemo@Jolla connman]$ ls -latr

total 4

drwxr-xr-x 1 root root 362 1970-01-01 01:00 ..

drwx------ 1 root root 36 2015-12-25 21:47 cellular_262073945274542_context1

-rw------- 1 root root 246 2015-12-25 22:10 settings

drwx------ 1 root root 36 2015-12-25 22:10 wifi_5056a8014ce8_7a61756e6574_managed_wep

drwxr-xr-x 1 root root 254 2015-12-25 22:10 .

drwx------ 1 root root 36 2015-12-25 22:10 wifi_5056a8014ce8_61737068616c74_managed_psk

[nemo@Jolla connman]$

Recognise the changed directory structure against earlier versions?! It may allow to synthesize a new entry. I will try based on the entries for visible WiFis.

Could there please be an easier way become implemented in SFOS 2 soon?

Regards /d

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i can connect with no problems to hidden networks :)

coderus ( 2015-12-26 11:22:30 +0200 )edit

my home wifi is hidden, my parent's wifi is hidden two, both work as well.

hyper_sonic ( 2015-12-27 20:45:44 +0200 )edit

Interesting; I've found my phone (also running to be much better at connecting to hidden networks in recent months. The forgetting-SSID problem has gone away, and it's faster at connecting than it used to be too.

dietmar, when you enter Settings -> WLAN and pull down "Connect to Internet", do you not see a hidden network? That worked for me in the past, though I don't think I've re-configured since the upgrade.

Conrad ( 2015-12-30 16:43:03 +0200 )edit
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