XT8 Firmware Version 3.0.0.4.386.41793 - Open SSID ASUS_C0

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Dunnaldo

New Around Here
Hi

Since upgrading to firmware Version 3.0.0.4.386.41793 I have noticed that the SSID “ASUS_C0“ remains available and open for anyone to connect to and use - no password required.

Is this normal? I have tried various factory resets and used both the webGUI and the app to set the network up.
 

fairmarketvalue

Occasional Visitor
I've seen "ASUS_00" added to my router networks after updating to 386.41793. I have Trend Micro intrusion software enabled, so I hope that will take care of any issues.
 

fairmarketvalue

Occasional Visitor
A follow-up to my earlier comment. It looks like the ASUS_00 network showing on my router web GUI and in WiFi network listings is the 5 GHz-2 wireless backhaul channel. I added WPA-2 security and a password on the "wireless" tab of the Web GUI. While the network still shows up in my WiFi networks listings, a password is now required to access it. I "think" that's all that will be required to protect the network.

There is an option to hide the backhaul channel, but when I selected it and then went to apply the new settings, I got a popup telling me doing so would affect wireless connectivity, so I left it visible. Question for the experts: if I opt to hide the wireless backhaul channel, what impacts would it have on my home network, and how would I go about mitigating them in the most straightforward way possible? Thanks!
 

Philibuster

Occasional Visitor
Here's what I've found regarding the zombie networks. At some point a firmware update disabled the clearing of nvram for the higher-numbered "guest" SSIDs (wl[#].4-5). I spent a good day trying to flash firmwares that would clear them. I finally just ssh-ed into the node and cleared the setting for the nvram "wl2.5_bss_enabled" variable. Here's an output of what I have currently:
# nvram show | grep "enabled=1"
size: 85073 bytes (45999 left)
wl0_bss_enabled=1
wl1_bss_enabled=1
wl2_bss_enabled=1
wl_bss_enabled=1
Yours will probably also say wl2.5_bss_enabled=1. Do the following over SSH:
# nvram unset wl2.5_bss_enabled
# nvram commit && reboot
nvram unset will clear the variable stored, setting it to defaults.
nvram commit && reboot will save the nvram variables and then reboot the node.
 

Grayson73

Occasional Visitor
A follow-up to my earlier comment. It looks like the ASUS_00 network showing on my router web GUI and in WiFi network listings is the 5 GHz-2 wireless backhaul channel. I added WPA-2 security and a password on the "wireless" tab of the Web GUI. While the network still shows up in my WiFi networks listings, a password is now required to access it. I "think" that's all that will be required to protect the network.

There is an option to hide the backhaul channel, but when I selected it and then went to apply the new settings, I got a popup telling me doing so would affect wireless connectivity, so I left it visible. Question for the experts: if I opt to hide the wireless backhaul channel, what impacts would it have on my home network, and how would I go about mitigating them in the most straightforward way possible? Thanks!
I set my 5 GHZ-2 to hide SSID. Does anyone know whether hiding is a bad idea?
 

frio

New Around Here
Hide it, you will be fine. Mine has been hidden since setting up the XT8's a few months ago and there has been no issues.
 

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