Hostapd AP SSID broadcast problem

Alexandre Epert alex.epert at
Tue Nov 17 07:13:36 PST 2015


If I understand you have 1 camera which is not working when you try to
hide SSID.

Have you tried your conf without "ignore_broadcast_ssid" option?
Do you have this problem with 1 equipment or more?

I use this hostapd.conf file :


I can hide SSID if need to with that configuration file.



2015-11-17 10:08 GMT+01:00 Pertti Niinimäki <itprosenior at>:
> Hi
> Based on WireShark analysis, I have not been able to configure Hostapd to
> broadcast SSID. My problem
> is ‘sleeping’ remote IP security camera connected via Wifi to Raspberry Pi.
> Only ARP records are sent
> out periodically or when pinging the bridged static IP address for the
> camera, but no SSID broadcasting.
> Wifi is in its own subnet bridged (br0) to Raspberry and mobile PPP0
> interface.
> In the same installation but nor directly connected the SSID from  ZyXEL
> ADSL modem can be listened correctly
> with Raspberry's  WireShark.
> I compiled latest version (hostapd v2.3)  into Raspberry, replacing v1.0,
> but it  didn’t change anything.
> Testing  hostapd.conf setup for “ignore_broadcast_ssid” with different
> values was no help either
> for the problem.
> Looking into source code, it seems like value “1” should do the trick to
> beacon ssid, but no success?
> Following are  config parameters used:
> interface_wlan0
> bridge=br0
> driver=nl80211
> hw_mode=g
> channel=8
> ssid=XxXxXX (not shown)
> beacon_int=100 (ok with hostapd > 15)
> dtim_period=2
> macaddr_acl=0
> auth_algs=1
> ignore_broadcast_ssid=(0 or 1 or 2 or 3 tested)
> wpa=2
> wpa_passphrase=xxxxxxxxxx(not shown)
> wpa_key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
> wpa_pairwise=TKIP
> rsn_pairwise=CCMP
> country_code=FI
> wpa_ptk_rekey=18000
> radius_acct_interim_interval=36000 (not needed extra ?)
> The driver is:  rt2800usb
> Normally the the link Wifi-IPS camera works ok, but probably due to some
> disturbance the camera
> may be dropped out. I want to test if broadcasting AP SSID could wake it up.
> Pertti Niinimäki
> itprosenior at
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