Can this speaker connect to a hidden wi-fi network with WPA 2 encryption?

Philips Fidelio SoundAvia Wireless Speaker with AirPlay

Philips Fidelio SoundAvia Wireless Speaker with AirPlay

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    Short answer: Yes it can.

    I bought the Philips AD700W/37 speaker in June 2012, and have been VERY pleased with its performance in streaming music via my iTunes AirPlay system, and an AirPort Express router.

    My only frustration was CONFIGURING the speaker, which was cumbersome. After a couple of days attempting to follow Philips' pictorial Quick Start Guide, I phoned their tech support. To be fair, I did not have to wait long for a technician, and the woman clearly knew both the product and the Mac system. Even so, after nearly half an hour of walking me through the process, we were still unable to configure the speaker.

    Oddly, she said the speaker is quick and easy to connect to the Wi-Fi signal using an iPad or iPhone. It's configuring it through the computer itself that is the challenge. Not having an iPad or iPhone, I have no other choice.

    So for now, my Fidelio speaker is WIRED to my AirPort router, and plays beautifully. The next time a friend brings their iPad to visit, I'll use that to establish the wireless connection, which will enable me to unplug the speaker from my router.

    By the way, when I proposed this temporary work-around to the Philips technician on the phone, she had no better solution.

    So again, I am VERY pleased with the speaker's performance, but less than satisfied with the hassle in establishing the Wi-Fi connection through my iMac or MacBook. I didn't want to purchase an iPad JUST to connect the speaker wirelessly.