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    Difference between ESSID and SSID


    Both an extreme newbie and a networking question, but I guessed this was the best place for it

    Having googled the above question I got one hit on another forum asking the same question but not getting an answer. I've searched these boards but got more than 1200 results, the first few of which I looked at but couldn't see the answer.

    So it seems that the question should be pretty simple: what is the difference between an ESSID and an SSID? If indeed there is a difference, I would be interested in how one could extrapolate the former from the latter.

    Thanks for your attention

    Giles

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    There's a function of Google that is really good for your question.

    In Google, type:

    define:ssid

    and

    define:essid
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    thanks for that tip, retired1af

    Slightly worrying, though, that the one source of a definition for ESSID
    ( http://support.intel.com/support/wir...1/glossary.htm )
    seems to me to be contradicted by many others in its definition of an SSID:
    Intel defines an SSID as being used to identify clients,
    whilst most others agree that an SSID identifies a network...

    But if intel's definition of an ESSID is accurate, then basically an SSID identifies a nework, and an ESSID identifies a client.

    Thanks again
    Giles

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    SSID can be either ESSID or BSSID. So really they are all the same thing.

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