I hope I don’t really have to turn this into a regular feature. :) But even the least cynical among us must be catching on to the notion that Windows Phone, in its first rendition, isn’t exactly feature complete. And the missing feature that’s bugging me right now is the phone’s inability to connect to hidden (non-broadcasted) wireless networks. There’s just no way–that I can see, at least–to connect to such a network.
The reason this is an issue is that the home we’re staying in here in Germany has a hidden Wi-Fi network. (That is, they’re not broadcasting the SSID.) The family who lives here told us the SSID and WEP key before we arrived, and of course configuring Windows (or the iPhone, for that matter) to connect to such a network is, if not easy, certainly doable.
Not so with Windows Phone. On the Wi-Fi Settings page, nearby networks do pop-up, but they’re secure (password protected), so I can’t connect. What doesn’t pop-up, of course, is the network I need to access. And there’s no interface for manually connecting to a hidden network.
I brought along an Apple AirPort Express device just in case, so I’ll see if I can configure that to extend the existing network with a broadcasted SSID. But seriously. This just needs to be in there.