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Huntsville, AL
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Re: Enabling SSID Broadcast

If you disable the SSID broadcast, then most of the clients (all of them that use Windows to manage wireless connections) must have the checkbox set to 'connect even if ssid is not being broadcast'. This is done in the properties advanced settings for that network SSID.

Before Windows Vista/7 came along, Windows XP (average user) would not display in the available networks list nor acknowledge that it was actually 'seeing' a network that was not responding to the queries to provide SSID information. Since Vista/7, when Windows goes to look for available networks, it tells you they are there, anyway. What not broadcasting the SSID (not responding to the information query) does is make collision avoidance schemes that are built into the WiFi routers less effective in high traffic areas. Thus, you have connection and throughput issues and if you failed to setup the client to connect even if the ID is not being broadcast, you will drop off when it is time to renew your lease.

Also, once they did check that box, the clients trying to log into your system would send queries (with the appropriate information) to try to login to your network. IE, they would start looking for it, even if it was not around. Thus putting the information "out there" for hackers to work on.

All explanations may not be technically accurate to the infinite detail (n-th degree), but not broadcasting the SSID does NOT mean hidden to Windows 7 or any other WiFi tool.

Locks are only to help keep honest people honest.

As noted in other places, inSSIDer by MetaGeek is a nifty tool.

Just a thought...


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The #1 reason to broadcast your SSID is because you can. Some of these really had me ROTFLMAO. Might get some strange looks from your neighbors though .

»Best SSID's you have seen - OMG 18 pages worth.

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San Antonio, TX

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I just want to say, as tech support, for the love of all that is Holy, that if you're going to take the advice and change the admin password of your modem/router, WRITE IT DOWN somewhere safe.

I *hate* getting calls where people changed their admin passwords then dont remember them. (adds another 10-15-20 minutes to the call)