We found a few Ruckus AP's broadcasting similar names to my client's corporate SSID, but they may be on different floors of our building - that were leased to a different company many years ago.
They are not on my client's floors (weak signal only in one corner near a window) but due to the similarity in SSIDs have now gotten the attention of the security department. They may be on floors higher up in the building- since my client used to own those floors.
We are curious if the detected MAC addresses could indicate the possible date of manufacture. That could at least indicate if this theory is possible- that they may have been installed years ago, never removed, and left powered.
Getting access to those floors for inspection is not possible yet, without major bureaucratic corporate decisions, hence trying to discern as much as possible with given information.
Hi Charles, Unfortunately, the AP MAC address, which is used to represent up to 15 wireless SSIDs, does not help date the AP. The Serial number of an AP, has date code details. Can you connect to any of those similar SSIDs seen in that upstairs area? I'd also suggest a wireless trace, to really see all that's in the air.
Hi Michael, Thanks for the reply. I'm working to educate the security director on such things as why there are multiple SSIDs and multiple MAC addresses detected, even though there may only be a few actual APs with those IDs/addresses. The signals were too weak to connect to from within my client's offices, and as mentioned, they are resisting trying to contact the upstairs tenant (that's out of my pay-grade). We'll see what happens down the road. Thanks Charles