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

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Archer C7

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.

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