Non-broadcasting SSID client configuration

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Dec 15th, 2009
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If we have SSID which is broadcasting and can be seen in windows wireless network.  Now if we configure "suppress SSID"  or " no guest mode"  the SSID will not be seen in windows wireless network.  In this case,  do we need to configure ( on notebooks )  once again a new profile or manually supply the SSID name and  give WEP key to all wireless notebook clients.  Although all clients have the existing SSID name and Key already configured on the notebooks which is not changed.

In short if we make SSID name as "unseen"  do we need to configure all notebook clients again , as it will be big task to supply SSID and WEP key to all users !!

Please share the experience


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erikjustinlee Tue, 12/15/2009 - 13:27
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My first guess would be no.  I just tried it on our ssid which is wpa2 and it didn't even drop any clients.  Hope that helps.

erikjustinlee Wed, 12/16/2009 - 06:02
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Oops, hit the brakes, yes, if you make that change you will have to make the change on every client.

Richard Atkin Wed, 12/16/2009 - 08:18
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Assuming the details are hard coded in the machines, it depends on your operating system.  With likes of Windows XP (Pre SP-3) you shouldn't need to make any changes, but with XP SP3 & Vista, there is an extra button in the WLAN config page which influences whether or not the Client will join the WLAN even if the SSID is hidden, so you'll need to do some homework and check your laptops...

Also note that when you make the change it will typically reset the Client's connections, so be patient for a few minutes while your Clients drivers realise they've been disconnected and start the reconnection process.



PS - Make sure you've got new drivers, old drivers tend not to re-associate very well / if at all when there's a problem / issue.


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