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

You can find 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. (Last Update: 23-May-2018)

Vendor
Autonomous AP
Controller/Co-operative AP
Enabled by Default
Character Limit
Flavour
Aruba NO YES NO 30 Advertise AP Name
Cisco YES YES YES 15 Aironet Extensions
Aerohive YES? YES NO 32 Hostname in Beacon
Extreme Networks  WiNG YES YES NO 64 wing-extensions
Extreme Networks IdentiFi YES YES NO 32 LED Identify
LANCOM YES YES YES 16 CCX1 Aironet Ext
MikroTik YES YES NO 16 Proprietary
Meraki YES? YES? YES? 15?
Xirrus NO NO NO
Ruckus NO NO NO
Fortinet NO NO NO

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 data rate, 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.

Additional Note:
Although Aironet Extensions is enabled by default, best practice guides suggest disabling this feature unless CCX compatible devices are on your WLAN.
(Thank you to Scott Stapleton)

Download PCAP: AP Name Cisco


Aruba
Advertise AP Name

Reference Article: AirHeads Community

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

Download PCAP: AP Name Aruba


Extreme Networks
Extreme Wireless WiNG
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 ExtremeWing ( / 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)

Extreme Networks
ExtremeWireless / IdentiFi
LED: State > Identify

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


LANCOM


Xirrus

No support for AP Name Broadcast, thank you @adventureMatt


Aerohive

The feature came to light in May 2018, thank you Mark Elley

Download PCAP: AP Name Aerohive


MikroTik

Download PCAP: AP Name MikroTik



Footnote

Huge thank you to Adrian Granados @adriangranados for the PCAP files!

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