connecting to a hidden WAP router

David McGlone d.mcglone at
Wed Jan 21 05:11:04 UTC 2009

On Tuesday 20 January 2009 10:07:15 pm Derek Broughton wrote:
> David McGlone wrote:
> > On Tuesday 20 January 2009 10:41:40 am Joel Oliver wrote:
> >> > So how do folks connect to routers that don't broadcast their essid's
> >> > -- what is the point of that router option if one cannot connect to
> >> > it?
> >>
> >> There's really no security benifit at all by hiding your essid, as it
> >> can be sniffed in the air.  Just like the "MAC" address filter, which
> >> also sounds like a good idea... Hey, I will only let my computers
> >> connect and block all others.  It's a simple matter of sniffing and
> >> spoofing it.
> >
> > This is what I do. I only let my mac addresses connect to my network.
> Not really.  You only let network interfaces _claiming_ to be your MAC
> addresses connect to the network.  Unfortunately, every NIC is required by
> the ethernet protocol to announce its MAC address with every packet it
> sends, and any sniffer can find the MACs on your network - and then making
> another NIC send that address is trivial.

Is this bad? Should I use something better?
David McG.

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