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

George S. Lockwood gslockwood at
Sun Sep 10 16:31:18 EDT 2006

This is an unfortunate reality.  Thanks for your clarification, Jouni.

On 9/10/06, Jouni Malinen <jkmaline at> wrote:
> 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).
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> Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA
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