Phantom SSID "Aerohive_Radius"

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I am just starting to setup my Aerohive AP 230s.   I have 2 SSIDs one for radius authentication and one for Guest.   

I am seeing something strange - a phantom SSID that I did not create called "Aerohive_Radius".   Why are some of my devices seeing this?
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Are you able to SSH into an AP that you think is broadcasting this SSID and run a "show run | i ssid"?
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Yes, I can ssh and the result of show run | i ssid 

ssid IHNI_Benicia
ssid IHNI_Benicia security-object IHNI_Benicia
ssid IHNI_Benicia security mac-filter IHNI_Benicia
ssid IHNI_Guest
ssid IHNI_Guest security-object IHNI_Guest
ssid IHNI_Guest security mac-filter IHNI_Guest
interface wifi0 ssid IHNI_Benicia
interface wifi1 ssid IHNI_Benicia
interface wifi0 ssid IHNI_Guest
interface wifi1 ssid IHNI_Guest
 
I only have two AP230s on line and both show the same result.   
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Interesting...  And do you see a BSSID (MAC address) that is tied to this Aerohive_Radius SSID?  This would somewhat tell us where this SSID is sourcing from.  Something like Wifi Explorer or even Airport Utility or InSSIDer should show us the BSSID of this SSID.  
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Ok, now I am even more confused.  I loaded a wifi utility on one of my windows 10 computers.   It shows all the SSIDs in the area and their relative strengths along with the MAC of the AP.  And there is no Aerohive_radius SSID.   And it's running on one of the windows 10 computers that does not see the IHNI_Benicia SSID, yet the utility running on that computer shows the IHNI_Benicia SSID for both of the APs and they are strong signals.  At the same time, if I look to see which SSID s I can connect to    IHNI_Benicia is not available but Aerohive_radius is available. 

I have other notebooks that show both the aerohive_radius and the ihni_benicia and IHNI_Guest SSIDs.  Very strange.
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Do you have any neighbors within range that might be broadcasting that ssid? Does the acsp neighbor list reveal anything?
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The fact that your show run | i ssid did not show that SSID being spit out of that particular AP tells us that it is not sourcing from this particular AP.  Assuming that the configuration is the same on the other, it does sound like this would not be originating from your gear.  It is very peculiar that the SSID is Aerohive_radius.  I'd still be very curious as to what the BSSID/MAC of that SSID is as that would shed some light on things.  As BJ said, a show acsp neighbor would show the BSSID as well as the SSID if your APs also hear the SSID.  

Is there by chance a saved network profile on the computer for an Aerohive_radius SSID?  And maybe you're not seeing it in the "RF per say" but are
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Ok, so for at least one of my Windows 10 devices, I can connect to the "Aerohive_radius" ssid and when connected and I look at the properties, it shows that it is actually "IHNI_Benicia".   So that would indicate that somehow there is a saved network profile on the computer named "Aerohive_radius".  

But I just turned a notebook computer - windows 10 on that was not on during any of the setup for the new Aerohive APs and it shows Aerohive_radius as the available SSID.   How would it even know about an SSID that is not being transmitted?  
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Sorry to have bothered everyone - I figured it out.  The Group Policy that was created for this wireless network had the profile name set to Aerohive_radius for connecting to ssid "IHNI_Benicia".  So this created a network profile on all the domain computers.  Still not sure why some see both the network profile name and the transmitted SSID separately and some see only the group policy profile.  

Thank you for your assistance