Changing your router name is a great way to show of your sharp wit to all your neighbours. Wifi network names like “Pretty fly for a wifi” and “I got 99 problems but a network aint one” will help show everyone in the area just how hilarious you really are (or NOT, depending on your humor).
However, what if there were actual practical uses to changing your wifi network names?
Changing your router’s name is a great way to differentiate your wireless network from the other wireless networks in your area. It means that when you need to connect a device to your network, there will be no confusion about which device you need to connect to.
As well as this, changing your router’s name is important from a security point of view, and it also makes you look like someone who knows their way around a wireless network!
Your wifi router name, also know is your router’s SSID, is simply the name given to your wireless router. It makes it easy for your devices to find your wireless network and is usually used with a password to add some security to your network.
Please read on to find out how to change your router name as well as a few other bits of information about your wireless router’s SSID.
How To Change The SSID (Network Name) On Your Router
The following guide will be for TP-Link routers. While the process will likely be similar for most routers, the exact may method may differ slightly from what is mentioned here. Please take this into consideration when changing your router’s name.
1. Connect To Your Wireless Router
To change your wireless router’s SSID you must be connected to your router. Make sure that your router is plugged in, switched on, and that you are properly connected (ideally with an Ethernet cable) before getting started.
2. Log Into Your Wireless Router
To log into your wireless router you must find its IP address, then type it into a web browser. You should then enter your router’s ID and password. This will take you to your router’s web-based utility.
From here you can do change any of your router’s settings, as well as configure your wireless router’s key functions.
Your router’s IP address and login details will be in the manual that was provided by your router’s manufacturer. However, if you can’t find this, you will be able to find the default settings by searching Google and checking the manufacturer’s website.
If you have previously logged into your router and changed your ID and password, you will, of course, need to enter the id and password you selected.
3. Go To Wireless Settings
Next, you need to access the section to change your wireless router’s settings. On TP-Link routers, this will be under ‘Wireless’ on your sidebar. From here you should see a section titled ‘Wireless Network Name’ or ‘SSID’.
As well as changing your router’s name, from this section you will be able to change your wireless router’s password. This is advisable and you should choose a password that is both long, contains letters and numbers and is hard to guess.
4. Enter A New Name
In this box, you can now enter your preferred name for your wireless router. Make sure it is a name that you will recognize when you see it and also one that you will remember. Make sure you also choose the correct region you are in in the box below and tick the boxes for ‘Enable Wireless Router Radio’ and Enable SSID Broadcast’.
When changing your router’s name there are some things you should take into consideration. Firstly, don’t put any personal information in your SSID. Names such as ‘John’s network’ or ‘Apartment 6’ will let any potential hackers know exactly whose network they are trying to hack into. This could potentially make it easier for them to guess a password.
To further protect against hackers, when you are choosing a type of security for your network, make sure to choose WPA2.
5. Save Your New Name
Now you have made and checked your changes, you can save them so they take effect. The save button is located at the bottom of your page. After you have finished configuring your router, it will reboot and your new settings will take effect.
Now, whenever you need to connect a new device to your wireless router, simply search for your router’s name and connect to your network!
What Is The Maximum Number Of Characters That Can Exist Within An SSID Name?
You can have a maximum of 32 characters in your SSID name. This can include some special characters such as spaces, dashes, and underscores. SSID names are also case sensitive, so make sure you remember which letters you put down as capitals and which go down as lowercase.
Hopefully, you have found our guide to changing your router’s name useful! If you need anything clearing up, please leave a comment in the section below.