Why the Archer A7 v5 / Archer C7 v5 broadcasts a secure hidden network

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With a Wi-fi analyzer, you will be able to find that the Archer A7 v5 / Archer C7 v5 has 2 SSIDs on each band. 

One of them is the normal SSID, which can be detected and connected by the wireless devices. 

 

The other is a hidden SSID, which is used to build up the OneMesh wireless network system. It cannot be detected by the typical client devices like laptops or smart phones. 

 

See the picture below: 

 

 

Here is another similar situation submitted by a user.

 

 

Like the existing Deco mesh package products, the hidden networks are equipped automatically with a highly secure random password which aims to keep the security integrity of the wireless network.

 

This hidden network is by design, and it not a symptom of the device not operating properly.

 

For more information about OneMesh, please read this article: https://community.tp-link.com/us/home/stories/detail/722

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Hi, is there any way to disable these hidden networks? maybe in a next firmware revision? Is it for the OneMesh system or for Amazon Alexa? Because I have two Amazon FireTV sticks and they do the same thing .... they also emit an hidden SSID . Thank you

@pmb 

 

The hidden networks are becuase of the OneMesh, one thing to note is that they are password protected with a highly secured password.

Hello,

I just chat with Tech-Supp,  he/she seems very novice!

 

I am thinking to purchase A7.

I have few questions below:

 

1- I have Wire (no WiFI) Modem router, which intakes public IP and has DHCP server which issuing local IP addresses to devices that connect (wired) to this modem router.

 

2- Can A7 be confured as Bridge Mode?  (ASUS mid-end and high-end Yes)
  from this modem router connecting into A7's WAN port or LAN port,   All WiFI devices connect to A7 will obtain IP addresses from Modem router. ?

 

3-  IF #2 is Yes,  While A7 in Bridge mode (Functions as in #2), will the VPN server feature (Either OpenVPN or PPTP) on A7 be enable?

(VPN server feature on ASUS Wifi router can't be enable if it has been configured as Bridge mode)

 

Or any TP-Link model that has support for both #2 and #3.

 

By the way,  if I buy A7 how do I know, the one I get is v1 or v5?

Thanks,

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