How to change the name of your WiFi

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When you get a new router, the technicians may ask you if you want to change the network name. But if they don't, chances are you are left with a generic Wi-Fi network name that's hard to identify among many other similar names. Fortunately, it doesn't matter if you're using Windows or Mac, you can change the name of your wireless network without too much trouble. Stay with us to see how you can do it.


FINDING THE ADDRESS OF THE ROUTER ON WINDOWS

Changing your network name isn't a big deal if you know your router's address. Otherwise, you have to do it first, but it's not very difficult:



  1. You must first open the Windows Run application. You can do this on any version of Windows by pressing the Windows and R keys simultaneously.
  2. This application asks you what you want to open. What you need is the command prompt, so all you have to type is "cmd".
  3. Inside the command prompt, type “ipconfig” and press Enter.
  4. This command opens the Windows IP configuration. The router address is also known as the “Default Gateway” in Windows, so that's what you should be looking for. This is at the end, so you may need to scroll down a bit.
    Note: some of the more common addresses are “192.168.1.1” and “10.0.0.1”. Yours should be similar, if not the same.

LOCATING THE ROUTER ADDRESS ON MAC

Changing the Wi-Fi name is the same on Windows and Mac, but the router address lookup is not. Here's how on Mac:

  1. Click the Apple button in the upper left corner of the screen to open the Apple menu.
  2. In the drop-down menu that follows, click on "System Preferences ..."
  3. In System Preferences, select "Network".
  4. A window with network information will appear. Click the "Advanced ..." button in the lower right corner.
  5. In the pop-up menu that follows, you will see the tabs at the top. Enter the "TCP / IP" tab.
  6. Check the “Router” value. This is the address of your router.

Note: Your router address will most likely be similar to “192.168.1.1” or “10.0.0.1”.




CHANGING THE WI-FI NAME AND PASSWORD ON A CISCO ROUTER

You need the router address to open the router settings, which is the next step:

  1. Open any web browser.
  2. In the address bar, type the router address acquired via Command Prompt. Hit enter.
  3. You will be taken to your router's settings site.
    Note: In this article, you will see how to do this on a Cisco router. If you don't have a Cisco router, the process may be similar but not the same.
  4. The site requires you to enter your login credentials. If you haven't changed them, they are most likely set to factory defaults. To proceed, find your login credentials, enter them and click the "Login" button. Note: These login credentials depend on the Cisco router model. It often happens that there is no username or password and all you have to do is simply click on the “Login” button. If that doesn't help here are some of the more common ones you should try: Username: “cisco”, Password: “cisco” Username: “admin”, Password: “admin” Username: “admin”, Password: “password” Username: "cusadmin", password: "password"

    If all of this fails, consider contacting your internet service provider.

  5. After logging in, you will see menus at the top, such as Setup, Wireless, Security, etc. You will also be inside the Administration menu. This is where you can change your router's site login credentials for added security. To change the wireless network name and password, access the configuration menu by clicking the corresponding button.
  6. In the Setup menu, there is a Change Password section within the Quick Install tab. This is where you can change your password. Some options below, there is an option called “Network Name (SSID):” followed by a text box. To change the name of the Wi-Fi network, enter the new one here.
  7. Don't forget to click the “Save Settings” button when done.

CHANGING THE WI-FI NAME AND PASSWORD ON A NETGEAR ROUTER

Each router manufacturer usually has their own way of changing these credentials. Netgear's way, for example, is quite different:



  1. Open a web browser.
  2. In the address bar, type or paste routerlogin.net.
  3. A pop-up window will appear prompting you for your login credentials immediately. The default values ​​for Netgear devices are “admin” for the username and “password” for the password.
  4. Click the "Sign In" button when done.
  5. After entering the right login credentials, you will be directed to a site that has a sidebar on the left side of the screen with several tabs. Click on the Wireless tab.
  6. In the Wireless Settings menu, you will notice the option to set the “Name (SSID):” at the beginning, as well as the “Password (Network Key):” at the end of the list in the center of the screen. In their text boxes you need to type the name of the desired Wi-Fi network and its password. Don't forget to click the “Apply” button when you're done.

SIMPLE METHOD TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE WIFI NETWORK

Access the modem through its IP address, which is usually always 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.11. You can log in from any browser, be it Chrome, Edge, Safari or one of your choice.



Once you have entered the configuration panel of your Wifi there is a Change password section within the Quick installation tab.

This is where you can change your password. Some options below, there is an option called “Network Name (SSID):” followed by a text box.

To change the name of the Wi-Fi network, enter the new name here. Don't forget to click the “Save Settings” button when done.


NETWORK IDENTIFICATION

It is easy to change the username and password of the Wi-Fi network. However, make sure you know which username and password you will choose.


Keep in mind that looking for an attractive username may attract more people, which tends to slow down your wireless connection. Also, some passwords, such as “password” and “1234567890” are very easy to understand, so make sure yours are strong enough to avoid possible problems.

Do you prefer funny Wi-Fi network names and passwords or more serious ones? Why do you want to change the current ones? Let us know in the comments below.

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