Frequently I try to connect to various wireless networks and spend more time trying to determine the correct settings (WPA or WPA2? Personal or Enterprise? and so on) than anything else.

Why isn't this information automatically broadcast when connecting to a network for the first time?

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    What operating system are you using that doesn't show this? In Windows, click the wireless icon and hover your mouse over any network to get the info. Oct 19, 2012 at 15:48
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    @Henning: Non broadcasting SSIDs won't show.
    – iivel
    Oct 19, 2012 at 15:50
  • Ah, that's right. I imagine inSSIDer can capture them, though. I can't see any hidden SSID's here (duh :D). Oct 19, 2012 at 15:55
  • I should have put that in an answer instead of a comment :\
    – iivel
    Oct 19, 2012 at 17:49

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This is pretty much status by design- if broadcast is turned off it is to reduce the number of connection attempts.

If broadcast is turned on your computer will pick these settings up automatically.

  • Are we sure that the question is about silent SSIDs? Oct 19, 2012 at 16:54
  • Certainly looks that way now anyway.. Oct 19, 2012 at 17:25

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