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Old 02-15-2011, 03:27 AM   #1
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Hidden SSIDs

Hi,

I just got hold of a Kobo Wifi, after using the Kobo generic for a while. I didn't really need wireless access from the Kobo, but since I got a free upgrade I thought I'd try it out.

It seems the Kobo is not able to connect to a wireless network with a non-broadcast SSID, which is how mine is configured. A trivial security measure, I know. But every little helps.

I posted on the official Kobo support form over at http://kobo.zendesk.com and was informed that this was the case - Kobo Wifi cannot associate to hidden SSIDs.

Anybody else had similar problems? I did a quick search of this forum, but could find nothing concrete.

Cheers!
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Old 02-15-2011, 03:48 AM   #2
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Can you unhide your SSID, connect with your Kobo and then re-hide the SSID?

Once it has connected and had the security passkey added, the Kobo should be able to "see" the SSID even when hidden.
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Old 02-16-2011, 04:30 AM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestion.

Didn't work, unfortunately. When attempting to re-associate after a power cycle, the Kobo is unable to detect the network and doesn't attempt to re-join it. Dang.

Oh well - maybe they'll fix it in a future firmware release.
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:42 AM   #4
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What type or wireless router you have?
Not related to kobo ssid issue, I have small devices, which
all connect with hidden ssid and wpa2 and all frills. Simply,
cannot believe that kobo cannot make basic search.
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:42 AM   #5
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Hi,

I just got hold of a Kobo Wifi, after using the Kobo generic for a while. I didn't really need wireless access from the Kobo, but since I got a free upgrade I thought I'd try it out.

It seems the Kobo is not able to connect to a wireless network with a non-broadcast SSID, which is how mine is configured. A trivial security measure, I know. But every little helps.

I posted on the official Kobo support form over at http://kobo.zendesk.com and was informed that this was the case - Kobo Wifi cannot associate to hidden SSIDs.

Anybody else had similar problems? I did a quick search of this forum, but could find nothing concrete.

Cheers!
This is true. We are enabling support for hidden SSID's in the next firmware update.
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:18 PM   #6
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I had the same issue.As soon as i hide the SSID , Kobo will not connect.I have to show the SSID and reconfigure the security settings
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Hi,

I just got hold of a Kobo Wifi, after using the Kobo generic for a while. I didn't really need wireless access from the Kobo, but since I got a free upgrade I thought I'd try it out.

It seems the Kobo is not able to connect to a wireless network with a non-broadcast SSID, which is how mine is configured. A trivial security measure, I know. But every little helps.

I posted on the official Kobo support form over at http://kobo.zendesk.com and was informed that this was the case - Kobo Wifi cannot associate to hidden SSIDs.

Anybody else had similar problems? I did a quick search of this forum, but could find nothing concrete.

Cheers!
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:51 PM   #7
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Hiding your SSID can actually hurt your security more than help it.

When your Windows computer is set up to connect to a hidden SSID, it will continually send probe requests with the SSID in them, even when the WiFi network isn't in range! So basically, all it takes is a few seconds with a sniffer to find your SSID - even when you're nowhere near your WiFi network.
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:50 PM   #8
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This is true. We are enabling support for hidden SSID's in the next firmware update.
Thanks Sameer - that'll be handy!
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Hiding your SSID can actually hurt your security more than help it.

When your Windows computer is set up to connect to a hidden SSID, it will continually send probe requests with the SSID in them, even when the WiFi network isn't in range! So basically, all it takes is a few seconds with a sniffer to find your SSID - even when you're nowhere near your WiFi network.
Point accepted, but I find I get a lot less failed auth attempts if the randoms can't easily see the network. I use it as a first level protection against low skill attackers.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:11 PM   #10
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Point accepted, but I find I get a lot less failed auth attempts if the randoms can't easily see the network. I use it as a first level protection against low skill attackers.
A well chosen WPA2 password will readily stop the low-skilled ones and avoid you exposing your SSID to the well-skilled ones.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:38 PM   #11
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A well chosen WPA2 password will readily stop the low-skilled ones and avoid you exposing your SSID to the well-skilled ones.
Yup, couldn't agree more. I use https://www.grc.com/passwords.htm to generate 63 character random passwords. Very handy!
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