Preface
I am very keen to keep the information on this page up to date and accurate!
If you have corrections or would like to add detail to the content of this page, please, please contact me, either via the comments section or directly! @nickjvturner on Twitter

There more of an introductory post on this topic: Here on the Ekahau Blog

If you would like to contribute, please see this post regarding the detail I am looking to collect: Can You Help 

Here is a table (as I understand the current situation) detailing Wi-Fi Vendor support for broadcasting the AP hostname.

Vendor Autonomous AP Controller-Based AP Enabled by Default Character Limit Flavour
Aruba  NO YES NO 30 Advertise AP Name
Cisco YES YES YES 15 Aironet Extensions
Meraki ? YES? ? ? Beta
Extreme Networks LED State
LANCOM
ZEBRA  ? YES NO 20+ wing-extensions


Cisco
Aironet Extensions – A proprietary feature implemented by Cisco

Aironet Extensions make additional information about the Access Points available including but not limited to:

  • Device Name
  • Device Type
  • Radio Type – used to determine certain characteristics about the radio, such as datarate, radio type (1310, 1200, 352 or 342), security type (WEP/802.1x), etc.
  • Current Access Point load
  • Number of associated clients

Devices that are CCX compatible also can take advantage of some of the Aironet Extension features.


Aruba
Advertise AP Name

Reference Article: AirHeads Community

Thank you Jake Snyder, @jsnyder81 for assisting with the max character length.


Extreme Networks
LED: State > Identify

Reference Article: How to have an Access Point Name show up in beacons for a site survey report


ZEBRA
wing-extensions

Enables support for WiNG-specific client extensions to the IEEE 802.11x WLAN standards that potentially increase client roaming reliability and handshake speed.

wing-extensions
Enables support for inclusion of WiNG-specific client extensions in radio transmissions

ap-attributes-information {include-hostname}
Enables support for AP attributes information element (IE)

  • include-hostname – Optional
    When enabled, includes AP’s hostname, as a sub-element, in the AP attributes IE

The AP attributes IE is vendor-specific and, when enabled, is added to beacons and probe responses. Inclusion of AP attributes IE allows Zebra terminals to:

  • Recognise Zebra APs
  • Determine if the AP supports PAN BU features, irrespective of whether these features are enabled or not.

Note: AP attributes IE is not added to beacons and probe responses by default.

Reference Material: WiNG 5.8.2 CLI Reference Guide (Page 736)

  • This functionality may be configured per WLAN policy
  • It is not necessarily configured for all APs (or all WLAN/SSIDs configured that AP)

LANCOM


 

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