Find the iPAQ Mac address 1. Select ‘Start’ 2. Select ‘Settings’ 3. Select the ‘System’ tab at the bottom of the screen 4. Select ‘Asset Viewer’ 5. Select the plus sign to the left of ‘Wireless LAN’ Note: the 12 character Mac address is displayed. 6. Carefully note down the Mac address 7. Select OK at the top right of the screen 8. Close down the screen using the cross in top right hand corner
I don't even own an ipaq but I can assure you that broadcasting your ssid won't open you to any kind of attack, it will simply register the name of the network to anyone nearby, as you have wep encryption and mac address filtering on there's no chance they're getting in anyway, regardless of the fact they might know your network name(unlikely they'd want to anyway).
Hopefully true, but I like to use belt and braces and if people can't see it they can't try and play with it... Thanks for your help, I'll leave this thread open for a couple of weeks as its holiday season.
I've been doing a little digging in and around the hp ipaq forums and elsewhere and there seems to be a consensus among members that broadcasting the ssid is a requirement for the ipaq to connect. However there would also seem to be a minority who say it isn't and give instructions (vague) on how to set the ipaq up without broadcasting your ssid click here
Another suggestion I found:
Manually entering the ssid on some ipaqs should be entered in upper case (try lower first)