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Hidden Ad Hoc Network

by everkleer / December 4, 2008 9:33 AM PST

I have been searching all night and can't find any information on this: is it possible to hide the SSID of an ad hoc network I create in Windows XP? I know with most wireless access points you can choose not to broadcast the SSID so users have to type in when they want to access your network. Is this possible to do with an ad hoc network I create, and if so, how do I do it?

I know hiding the SSID doesn't do much of anything for security, I am still securing my network, I just don't want the casual user to see that I have a network.

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Just for your research.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2008 9:47 AM PST
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Ad Hoc Network
by everkleer / December 4, 2008 9:58 AM PST

Thanks for the quick response. As I say, I know I can't rely on hiding the SSID as a security measure, I am going to be using WPA or WPA2. I just want to create an ad hoc network at work so I can have an internet connection for my iPod Touch and I don't want it readily visible to everyone else.

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The issue is simple.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2008 8:46 PM PST
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The way AD HOC works is that to maintain connections, every so often there must be a packet sent. This packet has the SSID so newer wardriving software will not use the older method. Since dropping SSID broadcast does result in odd behavior in some systems you know to turn it back on when it fails. Good idea to use WPA.

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