How to Change the Name of a Wireless Network
This wikiHow teaches you how to change a wireless network’s name. To do this, you’ll need to access the router’s Settings page in your browser.
- Make sure your router is on. Each router is different, but you should see a light indicating that your router is active and connected to the Internet.
- If your router isn’t working, try unplugging it from the Internet and power sources, then reconnect it.
- Find your router’s IP address. To do so:
- Windows – Open Start, type “command prompt” in, click the Command Prompt app, enter “ipconfig” into Command Prompt, and look for the number next to the “Default Gateway” value under the “Wireless LAN” heading.
- Mac – Open the Apple menu, click System Preferences, click Network, click Advanced, click the TCP/IP tab, and look for the number to the right of “Router:”.
- You can also find your router’s IP address by consulting the router’s manual, or by searching its model number online.
- Open a web browser. Default web browsers for Windows and Mac computers are Microsoft Edge and Safari, respectively, though you can use any popular web browser for this step.
- Enter your router’s IP address. Doing so will take you to your router’s Settings page.
- Enter the password for your router if prompted. If you set a specific password for the settings page when you installed the router, you’ll need to enter it to continue.
- Select your router’s current name. Since each router’s Settings page is different, this step will vary. Typically, you can either click the router’s name, or click a Settings option to go to the general section of your router’s settings.
- Look for the SSID field. It may also be labeled “Network Name”, “Wireless Network Name”, “Router Name”, or something similar.
- There will likely be a name already in the SSID field (e.g., “Belkin.be”) that correlates with your network’s current name.
- Enter a new name for your wireless network. This should be the name you want to see while selecting your network from your computer’s Wi-Fi menu.
- Save your new network name. Click on “Apply,” “Save Settings,” “Save,” or whatever your configuration screen uses to finalize the process. This will save your new network name.
- In some cases, you may have to click an image of a floppy disc or a checkmark.
- Changing your router’s settings will often cause the router to reboot.
- You can always reset your router to factory settings by pressing the physical “reset” button on the router itself for ten seconds. This will usually allow you to set up the router from scratch, which means you’ll get to create a new name as part of the setup process.
- Common router IP addresses include:
- Always make sure your wireless network is password-protected.
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