SSID

Short for Service Set IDentifier, SSID is a 32 alphanumeric identification given to devices on a wireless network. A device wanting to connect to a wireless network with a SSID enabled must have the same SSID in order to communicate. When connecting to a home network you will often see multiple SSIDs from your neighbors routers.

A BSSID, short for Basic Service Set Identifier unlike the SSID is unique to the access point and does not transfer between multiple access points.

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Also see: BSS, IEEE 802.11, Network terms, WEP, WLAN, WPA