Important  The Native 802.11 Wireless LAN interface is deprecated in Windows 10 and later. Please use the WLAN Device Driver Interface (WDI) instead. For more information about WDI, see WLAN Universal Windows driver model.

When set, the OID_DOT11_HIDDEN_NETWORK_ENABLED object identifier (OID) requests that the miniport driver enable the 802.11 station's ability to access an infrastructure network that includes hidden access points (APs). Hidden APs do not broadcast their SSIDs.

When queried, this OID requests that the miniport driver return the value of the msDot11HiddenNetworkEnabled MIB object.

The data type for this OID is a Boolean value.

An OID value of TRUE indicates that the infrastructure network might contain APs that do not broadcast their SSIDs. The NIC might include the desired SSID in the probe request transmitted during roaming scanning.

An OID value of FALSE indicates that the NIC must assume that all APs in the infrastructure network will broadcast their SSIDs. The default OID value is FALSE.

This OID only applies to situations where the NIC connects to an infrastructure network. When resuming from standby or hibernation and the OID value is FALSE, the NIC must use the wildcard SSID in the probe requests until it determines a set of visible candidate APs. In normal roaming cases that do not involve standby or hibernation, the NIC can choose its own probe requests. APs cached prior to standby or hibernation are considered hidden unless the NIC can see their packets after waking up.

The miniport driver must fail a set request with error code NDIS_STATUS_INVALID_STATE if the 802.11 station is in any state except the initialization (INIT) state.



Available in Windows Vista and later versions of the Windows operating systems.


Windot11.h (include Ndis.h)

See also

Native 802.11 Wireless LAN OIDs



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