Yeah there is NO reason that anyone should ever do this! EVER!!! It does not add any extra security, it makes it harder to connect to your own network. As mentioned it actually can cause your network name to be even more broadcasted, because every single client is going to be broadcasting, etc.
The extra broadcasts of the clients looking for it - can actually lower your bandwidth and performance.
There is NOT one reason you should ever think of doing such a thing - ever!! Over the years we have gone over this and over this and over this, come on you have never seen any of the must be 10+ threads somewhat recent even that this has come up and clearly pointed out that its STUPID!!!
here is good write up from 2007 about this nonsense
Here is a must read about it from back in 2003, like 10 years ago and still this nonsense comes up.. When will it die???
Contrary to a common belief that the SSID is a WLAN security feature and its exposure a security risk, the
SSID is nothing more than a wireless-space group label. It cannot be successfully hidden
. Attempts to
hide it will not only fail, but will negatively impact WLAN performance
, and may result in additional
exposure of the SSID to passive scanning. The performance impact of this misguided effort will be felt in
multiple WLAN scenarios, including simple operations like joining a WLAN, and in significantly longer
Senior Technical Director
ICSA Labs, a division of TruSecure Corp
Robert Moskowitz has been a member of the Internet Architecture Board, the IETF Application Area
Directorate, and co-chair of the IETF IPSec Workgroup. In these areas, he was been heavily involved in
security work. He is now active in IEEE 802 working on security solutions for 802.11 and all the other 802
Medias (Ethernet, wireless broadband, UWB, etc.).
But I would love to know what you would accomplish by not broadcasting your SSID - other than causing yourself pain and aggravation with only detrimental effects as the only possible outcome from your efforts.