Access Point Name Broadcast: Which Wi-Fi Vendors support this?

Preface

I am 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

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: 16-October-2019)

AP Vendor AP Name Broadcast Support Matrix

VendorAutonomous APController / Cloud / Co-operative APEnabled by DefaultCharacter LimitFlavour
ArubaYESYESNO30Advertise AP Name
CiscoYESYESYES15Aironet Extensions
AerohiveYESYESNO32Hostname in Beacon
Extreme Networks  WiNGYESYESNO64wing-extensions
Extreme Networks IdentiFiYESYESNO32LED Identify
LANCOMYESYESYES16CCX1 Aironet Ext
Mist?YESNO32AP Name in Beacon
MikroTikYESYESNO16Proprietary
MerakiYESYESNO?CCX-Naming
Arista???
CambiumNONONO
FortinetNONONO
RuckusNONONO
XirrusNONONO

Display Filters & Example PCAPs

VendorCharacter LimitWireshark Display FilterDownload Example PCAPs
Aruba30wlan.vs.aruba.ap_nameAP Name Aruba
Cisco15wlan.cisco.ccx1.nameAP Name Cisco
Aerohive32wlan.vs.aerohive.hostnameAP Name Aerohive
Extreme Networks IdentiFi32AP Name Extreme
Mist32AP Name Mist
MikroTik16AP Name MikroTik

Meraki

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.


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

As of 8.4.0.0 Aruba Instant APs can now “advertise-ap-name”
Thank you Aaron
Tweet Proof right here


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

Download PCAP: AP Name Extreme
Thank you to @Beamflash for sharing the PCAP


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!

You can find an introductory post on this topic: Here on the Ekahau Blog

6 thoughts on “Access Point Name Broadcast: Which Wi-Fi Vendors support this?

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  4. Meraki broadcast ap name. I do not have the details how it is broadcast as I did not capture any packet

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  5. Jim Young

    Nice info. I’ll be looking to see examples from other AP vendors.

    Currently when attempting to download the Extreme pcap instead the Aerohive pcap is downloaded.

    If you are using Wireshark to examine for any advertised AP names the following compound display filter can be used as a custom column to display in one column the advertised AP names from Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco, or Mikrotec APs:

    wlan.vs.aerohive.hostname || wlan.vs.aruba.ap_name || wlan.cisco.ccx1.name || wlan.vs.routerboard.subtype1_data

    The above filter could/should eventually be augmented to include the other vendor AP name display filters.

    One possible suggestion: Maybe augment the Wifi Vendor support table with a column for the vendor specific Wireshark display filter and maybe include another column for the example pcaps?

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    1. Hi Jim,
      Thank you very much for the feedback and comments.
      I’ve updated the page to rectify the PCAP misdirection & added a second table for those Wireshark Display filters.

      Very much appreciated !!

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