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From firmware version 4.48 & newer, the V4 broadcasts 4 SSIDs by default and the V5 broadcasts 8 SSIDs by default. Below, we explain the SSIDs on a specific 2.4Ghz wireless channel, for example:

  • SSID 1 (Active mode) and broadcasted as ez@XXXXXX. This is the standard SSID of Ezhotspot's private network
  • SSID 2 (Standby mode) and hidden. This SSID is for joining to another wireless network
  • SSID 3 (Standby mode) and hidden. This SSID is for the Guest Network if enabled.
  • SSID 4 (Standby mode) and hidden. This SSID is for the Transparent Repeater if enabled.

In the Active mode, the physical interface of the SSID is bind to a specific network and will have certain networking capabilities as allowed by the Ezhotspot.

In the Standby mode, the physical interface of the SSID is not bind to any specific network and will have no networking capabilities. When using a WiFi spectrum analyzer, this will be reflected as Hidden or Unknown Networks.

If joined wirelessly to another remote wireless network, the SSID 2 is enabled as a client interface and will not produce any hidden SSID.

In the networking world, every networking interface needs to be identified by a unique MAC address. Broadcasted SSIDs are considered to be a networking interface and the below explains the MAC addresses assigned by the Ezhotspot:

  • SSID 1 is deliberately assigned as a smart phone's random MAC address to avoid detection by the public hotspot
  • SSID 2 is deliberately assigned as a smart phone's random MAC address to avoid detection by the public hotspot
  • SSID 3 is assigned as the standard MAC address of the hardware, though the first 2 characters may change
  • SSID 4 is assigned as the standard MAC address of the hardware, though the first 2 characters may change

The above factory pre-configured configuration are recommended and should not be changed in the Advanced Dashboard. The factory pre-configuration allows the Ezhotspot to concurrently operate and monitor the additional Guest Network and Transparent Repeater securely, without having to make any reset to the normal extender mode when the functions are no longer required.