Connecting to a hidden network on Arch Linux

This article was published 2 years ago. Due to the rapidly evolving world of technology, some concepts may no longer be applicable.

If you’re using netctl to manage your network connections on Arch and need to connect to a hidden wireless network, make sure that you have Hidden=yes in your config file e.g.

Description=Your Description
Interface=wlp6s0
Connection=wireless
IP=dhcp
Priority=10
Security=wpa
ESSID="<SSID Name>"
Key="<PASSPHRASE>"
Hidden=yes

netctl will refuse to connect without Hidden=yes, even if all of the other options are correct.

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