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Here is a table (as I understand the current situation) detailing Wi-Fi Vendor support for broadcasting the AP hostname. (Last Update: 16-October-2019)
AP Vendor AP Name Broadcast Support Matrix
|Vendor||Autonomous AP||Controller / Cloud / Co-operative AP||Enabled by Default||Character Limit||Flavour|
|Aruba||YES||YES||NO||30||Advertise AP Name|
|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|
|Mist||?||YES||NO||32||AP Name in Beacon|
Display Filters & Example PCAPs
|Vendor||Character Limit||Wireshark Display Filter||Download Example PCAPs|
|Aruba||30||wlan.vs.aruba.ap_name||AP Name Aruba|
|Cisco||15||wlan.cisco.ccx1.name||AP Name Cisco|
|Aerohive||32||wlan.vs.aerohive.hostname||AP Name Aerohive|
|Extreme Networks IdentiFi||32||AP Name Extreme|
|Mist||32||AP Name Mist|
|MikroTik||16||AP Name MikroTik|
AP Name Broadcast with Meraki APs – CCX-Naming
Per this tweet by Garrett Packer AP Name broadcast on Meraki APs became “disabled by default” in firmware/code 25.13
This feature can be enabled by request to Meraki Support.
Per device or network granularity available
Meraki APs may include the Model Number in the AP Name field when operating in “site survey mode”
Thank you to Craig Schnarrs and everybody who has assisted crowdsourcing the data to populate this table.
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.
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
Advertise AP Name
Reference Article: AirHeads Community
Thank you Jake Snyder, @jsnyder81 for assisting with the max character length.
Download PCAP: AP Name Aruba
As of 22.214.171.124 Aruba Instant APs can now “advertise-ap-name”
Thank you Aaron
Tweet Proof right here
Extreme Wireless WiNG
Enables support for WiNG-specific client extensions to the IEEE 802.11x WLAN standards that potentially increase client roaming reliability and handshake speed.
Enables support for inclusion of WiNG-specific client extensions in radio transmissions
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)
ExtremeWireless / IdentiFi
LED: State > Identify
Reference Article: How to have an Access Point Name show up in beacons for a site survey report
Download PCAP: AP Name Extreme
Thank you to @Beamflash for sharing the PCAP
No support for AP Name Broadcast, thank you @adventureMatt
The feature came to light in May 2018, thank you Mark Elley
Download PCAP: AP Name Aerohive
Download PCAP: AP Name MikroTik
Huge thank you to Adrian Granados @adriangranados for the PCAP files!
You can find an introductory post on this topic: Here on the Ekahau Blog