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2 different networks - Same SSID, how does Windows handle this?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sohrabx, Mar 30, 2010.

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  1. sohrabx

    sohrabx Thread Starter

    Mar 30, 2010
    Hi folks,

    I was wondering if anyone knew how Windows handles the following situation:

    1) You have SSID "bob" in your Windows preferred WiFi network list.
    a) This SSID will join to you your home network

    2) You are then in a new geographical location, in range of a DIFFERENT network, with an access point broadcasting the same SSID "bob"

    What does Windows do here?
    Does it see the same SSID and assume it's the same network and automatically try to connect you to it, or is it smarter and realizes that this is a different AP, and waits for your intervention?

    Also, what is the behavior for Vista and 7?
  2. argentolee


    Mar 12, 2010
    We have WinXP in the situation you mentioned (with different channel configured), it will just connect to the SSID as if it was the same network automatically.
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