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Was  'hidden SSID' aka 'noSSIDbroadcast' implemented in the Wireless Hosted Network API on Windows 7 ?  If so, what's the netsh set command to activate it?

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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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you configure it same as a broadcast ssid unless you are thinking of an ad-hoc network
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what's the setting to -not- broadcast the SSID ?
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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are you trying to set up a hidden ssid or connect to one? AFAIK, with adhoc networking the SSID cannot be hidden. Wifi hotspot for windows 7 http://bit.ly/3VQOal using netsh http://www.blogsdna.com/5506/how-to-setup-virtual-wifi-in-windows-7-without-any-extra-software.htm
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thanks.

Trying to set up a hidden ssid.

I was using the netsh method as described in the second link.  Works fine, although I did not have to do the ICS thing.  I was expecting to be able to do something like:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Test key=password hidden=yes
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netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Test key=password broadcastssid=no

but can find no reference to 'hidden' (or similar) in the technet docs, nor in
  netsh wlan ?

So perhaps they didn't implement that functionality in the API?
I also tried centrify and virtualrouter to see
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I also tried centrify and virtualrouter to see if they had a checkbox for 'hidden'.  If they did, I didn't find it.
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 125 total points
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hidden ssid is something that microsoft did specifically not allow.. routers can do it no problem though.. even stand alone access points
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well, leave it to microsoft to...nuff said.

Thanks
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