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Help:Boingo fails to connect to WRT54G with SSID disabled

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by mylink, Oct 23, 2004.

  1. mylink

    mylink Network Guru Member

    I use a D-link USB adaptor to connect to WRT54G via utility Boingo (D-link software utility doesn't work for me).
    When SSID enabled, it works fine. If SSID is disabled on WRT54G, Boingo can not connect even though I have checked the box "Does not broadcast its SSID"in Boingo. Any idea?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Is there a good reason why you need to have your SSID disabled??!
     
  3. Dmitri

    Dmitri Network Guru Member

    Slight better security, I would assume? It's slightly harder for the adversary to discover the network
     
  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    .... only if one is clueless.
     
  5. mylink

    mylink Network Guru Member

    It is sort of like having a small lock on your luggage at the airport :)
     
  6. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    .... which can be opened by just about anyone with a toothpick.

    Contrary to instructions on some websites, disabling SSID Broadcast does not increase security. You may think no one can see you, but it can be easily defeated with a simple software like NetStumbler, and it can even affect connectivity, so if you want to secure your wireless network, enable WEP or WPA encryptions instead. Disabling SSID Broadcast without any other security is like leaving your front door open 24/7 hidden behind the bushes hoping no one will see it.


    PS. If you want to use a lock on your luggage at the airport, please consider using a combination lock.
     
  7. Dmitri

    Dmitri Network Guru Member

    Why does it have to be an either-or? I have both WPA turned on and disabled SSID broadcast. Is it a full-proof security measure? Of course, not. But I believe it does help just like that little luggage lock at the airport. If yours is the only bag to break into, it certainly won't deter an attacker. But if your bag is among a thousand that don't have such a lock, I think chances are that it won't be the one to be attacked either
     
  8. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    It's not a case of either/or. Hiding SSID is not a security measure. To deter your average neighbourhood Joe, maybe, but not because it is a security feature, but because Joe doesn't have a clue how to find you, so you are relying on his assumed lack of knowledge at all times to provide protection for your network. To those slightly more knowledgeable or have been wardriving, it's no deterant at all.

    In your case, WPA is the only real security and deterant, and you don't have to agree with me - I'm perfectly fine if people choose to disable SSID broadcast in conjunction with other security encryption enabled - I'm merely pointing out a false sense of security some people may have with the feature.

    PS. The lock on your luggage is WPA; SSID Broadcast disabled is leaving it under your seat.
     

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