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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|
|Extreme Networks||LED State|
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.
- Text Source: Cisco Aironet Access Point FAQ
- Aironet Extensions Further Reading:
Advertise AP Name
Reference Article: AirHeads Community
Thank you Jake Snyder, @jsnyder81 for assisting with the max character length.
LED: State > Identify
Reference Article: How to have an Access Point Name show up in beacons for a site survey report
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 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)