I have one particular AP that shows 0 Beacons in airodump. I can see the beacons in all the other AP without a problem. So is it even possible for AP to not send beacon frames?

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It means the access point is a hidden station which means it does not send any beacons. Airodump knows of the network existence and it's SSID because the clients did revealed it. This is why a hidden station isn't a secure one. As soon as a client is connected at least the BISSD is visible to everyone with a card in monitor mode.

  • When I make my AP hidden,I can see that is sending beacons put with BSSID set to null.
    – Gray
    Jun 25, 2016 at 21:23
  • How Stations are "hidden" is a matter of implementation.
    – davidb
    Jun 25, 2016 at 21:45

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