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Old 02-25-2007, 10:51 PM   #1
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wpa supplicant and no broadcast ssid

I've managed to get wpa supplicant to work when my ssid is being broadcast but am at a loss when it is not being broadcast. Can anyone tell me how to configure my rc.inet1.conf file so that it can connect to an ssid that is not being broadcast?

Old 02-26-2007, 01:16 AM   #2
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I believe you need to edit your wpa_supplicant.conf file. That's the way its setup on my notebook.

My config file reads:

ap_scan=2 ## the value 2 for ap_scan defines a non-broadcast ssid
network {
Old 02-26-2007, 11:34 AM   #3
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I've tried that -- in fact, I used your howto and it only works if I broadcast the ssid and comment out the ap_scan=2.
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You should broadcast your SSID. Hiding it is just silly.
Old 02-26-2007, 03:57 PM   #5
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Thanks. I had always suspected so.
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I've just found a solution for this problem, so I wanna share it in case someone bumps into it And Emerson -> 'you should broadcast your SSID' isn't very helpful in case you're a user, not an admin of a wifi network, right?

So, the solution is quite simple, in your wpa_supplicant.conf:

ssid="the non broadcasted ssid"

Hope that helps.
Old 01-09-2015, 06:51 AM   #7
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Talking Thank you

The scan_ssid=1 parameter helped me A LOT!

Thank you!!!



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