wpa encryption of wireless network how to?

Tim ignored_mailbox at yahoo.com.au
Wed Feb 13 04:25:04 UTC 2008

On Tue, 2008-02-12 at 23:08 +0100, Jan Brosius wrote:
> I also had the impression that I got connected more quickly if I let
> my router broadcast its SSID.

If you don't broadcast your SSID, it's harder to work out which access
point your hardware should be connecting to, and software doesn't have
an ID to reference which bits of information go together (e.g. this
access point with that password, and so on).

If you do broadcast your SSID, you can easily find your access point on
a list, and connect to your own access point rather than your
neighbours.  Your neighbours can easily tell which is theirs instead of
yours, and use the right one.

Not broadcasting your SSID does *NOT* give you any security, in any way
whatsoever, it's a fallacy.  Hackers and nuisances can still mess with
you when you're not broadcasting it.  All that does is give you
networking problems to work around.

Broadcast your SSID.  Set it as something that you can easily see as
being your access point.  Follow whatever rules there are for using the
right characters (if you're not supposed to use blank spaces,
underlines, or something else, then don't use them).  If you can't find
rules pointing them out, then the simplest thing to do would be just use
ASCII letters and numbers.

[tim at bigblack ~]$ uname -ipr i686 i386

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