ssid broadcast

Fabian Keil freebsd-listen at
Sat Apr 29 22:15:45 UTC 2006

dick hoogendijk <dick at> wrote:

> Is it possible to have a wifi card in hostap mode NOT to broadcast its
> ssid (like most routers can)?
> I have one in one of my hosts and this is not secure (as I understand).
> Mimimal security would be not to broadcast and have wep on.

man ifconfig:

|       When operating as an access point, do not broadcast the SSID in
|       beacon frames or respond to probe request frames unless they are
|       directed to the ap (i.e., they include the ap's SSID).  By
|       default, the SSID is included in beacon frames and undirected
|       probe request frames are answered.  To re-enable the broadcast of
|       the SSID etc., use -hidessid.

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