Is finding a hidden SSID with SCAN and SCAN_RESULTS alone possible?

Jouni Malinen jkmaline at
Sun Sep 10 15:52:10 EDT 2006

On Fri, Sep 08, 2006 at 11:23:38AM -0700, George S. Lockwood wrote:
> If I know the name of a hidden SSID that I wish to connect to
> -provided it is present- is possible to detect its presence before
> trying to actually connect?

The current implementation of SCAN command does not support specifying
the SSID which means that the scan will not find the AP with a hidden
SSID. In theory, the SCAN command could be extended to include optional
SSID to scan for, but this would also require support from the driver
(and NDIS drivers do not support such functionality).

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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