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October 29, 2004 6:13:18 PM

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I''ve got a couple of XP machines, and linksys 802.11g router & adapters.
I set SSID on PCs & router, but when I turn off SSID broadcast, the PCs
no longer see the wireless network.

I did a web search, and this seems to be a common problem. What
I couldn't determine from the stuff I read is if this was the fault of XP
or of the Linksys adapters, or what. Would wireless adapters from
another vendor work better? I have a Cisco 802.11b adapter that
I will try to test later.

If it's a Linksys problem I *may* return the Linksys stuff and get
something that works better. I guess SSID broadcast isn't that
big a deal, but I'd like to be able to turn it off.

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Anonymous
October 29, 2004 8:25:27 PM

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Your simply better off *NOT* cloaking the SSID. Tools like Kismet can easily discover a cloaked
SSID. Turn it back on and use other measures like 128-bit WEP or better yet WPA with a very LONG
RANDOM key...

--
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"David" <my_usenet_acct@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:2ufq3fF29vlrfU1@uni-berlin.de...
> I''ve got a couple of XP machines, and linksys 802.11g router & adapters.
> I set SSID on PCs & router, but when I turn off SSID broadcast, the PCs
> no longer see the wireless network.
>
> I did a web search, and this seems to be a common problem. What
> I couldn't determine from the stuff I read is if this was the fault of XP
> or of the Linksys adapters, or what. Would wireless adapters from
> another vendor work better? I have a Cisco 802.11b adapter that
> I will try to test later.
>
> If it's a Linksys problem I *may* return the Linksys stuff and get
> something that works better. I guess SSID broadcast isn't that
> big a deal, but I'd like to be able to turn it off.
>
>
October 29, 2004 8:25:28 PM

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"Sooner Al" <SoonerAl@somewhere.net.invalid> wrote in message news:%23iBbQ3fvEHA.3624@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> Your simply better off *NOT* cloaking the SSID. Tools like Kismet can easily discover a cloaked
> SSID. Turn it back on and use other measures like 128-bit WEP or better yet WPA with a very LONG
> RANDOM key...

I'm running WPA, and using MAC filtering. I don't like the idea of the SSID broadcast, but I
guess I'll get over it.

Thanks,
David
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Anonymous
October 30, 2004 2:52:22 AM

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xp will not like it, as al says, it's no better to cloak it anyway.
enable only listed macs + WEP or WPA should suffice

mike

"Sooner Al" <SoonerAl@somewhere.net.invalid> wrote in message
news:%23iBbQ3fvEHA.3624@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> Your simply better off *NOT* cloaking the SSID. Tools like Kismet can
easily discover a cloaked
> SSID. Turn it back on and use other measures like 128-bit WEP or better
yet WPA with a very LONG
> RANDOM key...
>
> --
> Al Jarvi (MS-MVP Windows Networking)
>
> Please post *ALL* questions and replies to the news group for the mutual
benefit of all of us...
> The MS-MVP Program - http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
> This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
rights...
>
> "David" <my_usenet_acct@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:2ufq3fF29vlrfU1@uni-berlin.de...
> > I''ve got a couple of XP machines, and linksys 802.11g router &
adapters.
> > I set SSID on PCs & router, but when I turn off SSID broadcast, the PCs
> > no longer see the wireless network.
> >
> > I did a web search, and this seems to be a common problem. What
> > I couldn't determine from the stuff I read is if this was the fault of
XP
> > or of the Linksys adapters, or what. Would wireless adapters from
> > another vendor work better? I have a Cisco 802.11b adapter that
> > I will try to test later.
> >
> > If it's a Linksys problem I *may* return the Linksys stuff and get
> > something that works better. I guess SSID broadcast isn't that
> > big a deal, but I'd like to be able to turn it off.
> >
> >
>


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Anonymous
October 31, 2004 1:39:23 AM

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http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;811427


"David" <my_usenet_acct@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:2ufra1F2b6fhkU1@uni-berlin.de...
>
> "Sooner Al" <SoonerAl@somewhere.net.invalid> wrote in message
> news:%23iBbQ3fvEHA.3624@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>> Your simply better off *NOT* cloaking the SSID. Tools like Kismet can
>> easily discover a cloaked
>> SSID. Turn it back on and use other measures like 128-bit WEP or better
>> yet WPA with a very LONG
>> RANDOM key...
>
> I'm running WPA, and using MAC filtering. I don't like the idea of the
> SSID broadcast, but I
> guess I'll get over it.
>
> Thanks,
> David
>
>
>
>
Anonymous
October 31, 2004 5:15:04 AM

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Try to update the driver. It can help.
--PA

"David" <my_usenet_acct@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:2ufq3fF29vlrfU1@uni-berlin.de...
> I''ve got a couple of XP machines, and linksys 802.11g router & adapters.
> I set SSID on PCs & router, but when I turn off SSID broadcast, the PCs
> no longer see the wireless network.
>
> I did a web search, and this seems to be a common problem. What
> I couldn't determine from the stuff I read is if this was the fault of XP
> or of the Linksys adapters, or what. Would wireless adapters from
> another vendor work better? I have a Cisco 802.11b adapter that
> I will try to test later.
>
> If it's a Linksys problem I *may* return the Linksys stuff and get
> something that works better. I guess SSID broadcast isn't that
> big a deal, but I'd like to be able to turn it off.
>
>
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