When you scroll down the drop down menu of the wifi network options on your smartphone or PC, you see a lot of names used to designate the wifi networks of your neighbours. Some of them may be just the name of a router’s manufacturer, let’s say, Motorola or TP Link. Others will be hard and boring default names and some of them will be names clearly given by their own users.
In this text you will learn how to change your SSID (Service set identifier), or in other words, the name of the wifi network
Why should I change my Wifi name?
Some routers put the manufacturer’s name as the default SSID. This is not good because a hacker with bad intentions would easier hack in the router once he knows the device’s brand (this allows him to know the router default IP address and password). So, the first reason to change your Wifi name is security.
The other one is not so noble, but still make sense. The usual default names of routers are somewhat hard and kind of randomic. This can make the name harder to remember. And let’s be honest, some personal customization is not that bad. You use your wifi network as much as the air you breath, it deserves a good name. Don’t you think ?
How to change wifi name ?
Router’s can be easily managed by their web based configuration page. Accessing it will give you the capacity to manage the router and network settings, including changing the wifi name. Proceed as described on the next steps.
Connect to the wifi network or directly to the router with an ethernet cable. Using the ethernet cable is more suitable for this task since the wifi connection will be lost when you change the wifi name while using a wireless connection.
Open up a web browser and type your router IP address to access the configuration panel. If you do not know the default address of your router, check out this list. You will be requested to enter the login credentials. The list indicated also has the default admin and password for the most common routers. If you have problems with password, see this article for troubleshoot.
It is also possible that your router has a specific software for managing its settings that is not necessarily the web based interface. To use this kind of software you will probably need the login credentials anyway.
Once you are in the configuration interface, navigate to the wireless settings page. The precise location of this option will vary depending on the router’s model and brand. Look for anything like “wireless setting” or only “wireless network”.
Under this option there will be a field called SSID. This is the name of your wifi network and to update it to a new one, just fill in the field with your new wifi name. Some creativity is welcome here.
Save the changes and leave the configuration interface. Now your wifi network has a brand new name!