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I know it is possible to create a sofware AP in windows 7 using command prompt:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork ...

But is it possible to set such a network not to broadcast its SSID?

I realize that this does not gain any security - or may even make the system more secure, but I am not asking about security here. I want to know if it is possible, through the netsh command interface, to hide the SSID.

If my client wants to hide the SSID, then I will make them aware of security implications, but in the end it is their decision.

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Do you think that will make it more secure? – joeqwerty Sep 14 '10 at 17:18
No, I don't. But it will be <perceived> as more secure and that's why I am researching it. – Goro Sep 14 '10 at 17:42
Perhaps someone might perceive it as being more secure but if so they are wrong. And anything that you configure to connect to that soft AP will be demonstrably less secure. Some good points here :… – Helvick Sep 14 '10 at 17:55
Again, I realize that. My question isn't "Is it secure to do to", my question is "Is it possible to do so". – Goro Sep 14 '10 at 18:40
up vote 8 down vote accepted

The question of Goro is NOT about security.
To answer the question I'd add that when you read the documentation, you can't see any mean to hide the SSID. It's not a functionality which seems to be implemented.

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thank you for answering the question :) – Goro Oct 9 '12 at 21:14
you're welcome. – Kowlown Oct 11 '12 at 10:04

It will generally be less secure as the user thinks it's more secure while no security is actually added (likely the reverse as if it's not broadcasting, the computer needs to probe for it and thereby revealing what SSID it wants to auto-connect to).

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Again, I realize security implications here. That is not what I am asking. – Goro Sep 14 '10 at 18:39
Do you? Because it actually becomes less secure, which is the main issue here. It's not the same level of security (and of course not better as you said); it's worse and actually breaks the functionality for some clients. I don't mind the downvotes though and Helvicks comment is a better way to clarify this than my non-answer :) – Oskar Duveborn Sep 29 '15 at 15:06

Not sure if the question is really answered here.If you hide your SSID then it should not be seen by people probing the network.Therefore the answer could be preceieved as yes it is but in reality if your network is known and not shown people can still use it.

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If you hide your SSID then it should not be seen by people probing the network. Why not? It is still publicly transmitted though the air so anyone probing can still see/hear/intercept it. – Hennes Jul 27 '15 at 15:03

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