Base Radio Mac and SSID MAC addresses

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Apr 10th, 2008

I am looking for a way to obtain the SSID mac addresses from a report or other method. We have clients attaching to an SSID that show a MAC address that I am positive is the MAC of the SSID (based off the physical MAC of the Radio) but I cannot find it either in reports in WCS or on the controller.


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bcolvin Thu, 04/10/2008 - 22:23


When you configure more than one SSID on an AP Automous or lightweight, the additional SSID's are assigned their own BSSID(MAC address) the current method to do this is to increment the burned in(physical) MAC address by one. For exambple the first SSID would have as the last octet of the mac address 00 the next SSID will have the last octet of 01 so on and so forth until 0F is reached giving you the abilty to assigh 16 SSID's to an AP.

Hope this helps


svanhandel Fri, 04/11/2008 - 06:14

Thanks! That's what I figured however I am looking for a place where the information (Mac address) for each SSID is. I can see logically how it breaks down but I have a customer with devices that read this MAC as their AP mac and I need to be able to locate the AP they are attached to. Thanks !


bcolvin Fri, 04/11/2008 - 20:14

try the following command via the CLI

show dot11 bssid


This example shows how to display a list of BSSIDs and SSIDs:

AP# show dot11 bssid

This example shows the command output:

AP1230#show dot11 bssid

Interface BSSID Guest SSID

Dot11Radio1 0011.2161.b7c0 Yes tsunami

Dot11Radio0 0005.9a3e.7c0f Yes WPA2-TLS-g

from this doc

let me know if this helps



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