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What is the Definition of 'Stealth Mode' Relative to an Access Point?

A "stealth" AP (Access Point), or broadband Wi-Fi router, is one that has the capability and is configured to not broadcast its SSID (Service Set Identifier), also known as the network name. This is the WLAN (Wi-Fi Local Area Network) network name that appears when a DMU (Device Management Utility, such as Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software, etc.) scans for available WLANs. It is commonly considered a security feature, albeit a weak one, in that it does not readily disclose the presence of the WLAN.

To connect to a stealth mode AP/router, a user must specifically know the SSID and configure his/her DMU accordingly. The feature is not a part of the 802.11 specification, and is known by differing names by various vendors - closed mode, private network, SSID broadcasting, etc.

This applies to:

Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 100
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 105
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 130
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 135
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 for Desktop
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7260
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2011 LAN Access Point
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2011B LAN Access Point
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 5000 LAN Access Point
Intel® PRO/Wireless 5000 LAN Dual Access Point
Intel® WiFi Link 1000
Intel® WiFi Link 5300 and Intel® WiFi Link 5100 products
Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5350 and Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150 products
Intel® Wireless Gateway
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
Intel® Wireless-N 7260

Solution ID: CS-009685
Last Modified: 02-Oct-2014
Date Created: 25-Feb-2004