One of the most common changes that we can make in our router is to put another name for the WiFi network . This is even highly recommended, as we will see in this article. We are going to explain what steps we must take to change the SSID or name of the wireless network and also explain why we should always do it on our device and thus improve security and avoid certain problems.
What is the SSID and how do I find it on my router?
They are the acronym in English for Service Set IDentifier , which in Spanish can be translated as service pack identifier. It is the name of each Wi-Fi network and is used to identify it from others within the same range. For example, if we do a search in our home, the SSID of our network will appear, as well as others of other neighbors.
When sending a package, it is also accompanied by this information. This will allow it to be known at all times which network of origin it belongs to. In this way, the destination also knows to which network it should send the response, if necessary, and there would be no conflict or problem. When the device connects to a wireless network, the SSID becomes shared. This information is not going to have only the access point, but also other computers that are part of it.
The name of the Wi-Fi network can consist of a maximum of 32 ASCII characters , that is, letters, numbers and symbols. Of course, the most common is to find the first two types of characters. It is recommended that an SSID does not have “strange” characters such as the letter “Ñ” or strange symbols, since otherwise we could have problems when saving the configuration in the router, or even when connecting with certain devices such as printers , home automation devices and even with our smartphone and laptop. There are some devices that do not correctly recognize certain characters, especially some older ones.
The simplest way, and without using a device, is to find the manufacturer’s sticker. If it is an operator device, this information is usually located on the back of the router . If the device is small, such as a portable 4G router, the most common is that this information is housed in the battery compartment and even directly in the quick installation guide that we have available when we purchase a device. We can see this information to know what the name of the router is.
Why change the WiFi name
You may be wondering not only how to change the name of your WiFi network , but if it really is important to do so. The truth is that it is a very common process that even users perform periodically. Others, on the other hand, leave the same one that comes by default when their operator gives them a router or they buy it on their own.
But yes, we can say that it is something very advisable. By changing the SSID of the router’s network, we are removing information that can be used by an attacker to compromise security and enter our network. Let’s say we have a router that has a known vulnerability and that, if exploited, could lead to an intruder.
Normally the name that comes by default will give clues about what model and operator we are using. This is what can be used to find out how that vulnerability could be exploited and accessed. It is information that would be available to anyone who found the network available.
But you also have to think about privacy. Just as these data can be used to have illegitimate access to the router, they can also obtain certain personal information, even if it is simply which telephone company we have contracted.
Therefore, changing the name of the WiFi is very important for both security and privacy . The goal is always to make it as difficult as possible for a potential intruder to compromise the network or to collect personal data of any kind.
Steps to change the SSID on the router
To change the name of the WiFi or SSID you have to follow a series of simple steps. This may vary slightly depending on the device we have, but in general it is similar. As we will see, in a matter of minutes we will have put the name we want to our network. We will only have to have access to the device and know the parameters to be able to log in.
Access the router
The first thing we have to do to change the name of the WiFi is to access the router. For this we have to know the data to be able to enter, which would be the default gateway, the name and the access code.
Normally the gateway to enter will be 192.168.1.1. However, this could change depending on the model of our device. Also, the name and password are usually of the type 1234, admin123, admin, and the like. It could also be different, especially if we have changed it.
To know the default gateway that we will have to put in the browser we can use a command in Windows. We have to go to Start, enter the Command Prompt and execute the ipconfig command . It will give us information and among these data is the address to access the router.
Enter the WiFi section
Once inside the router, to change the name of the network we have to go to the WiFi section. This may also vary by model. For example, in the case we are using, options such as changing the network SSID or password appear on the first screen once we access it.
If it does not appear first, we would have to go to the menu, click on WiFi and there it will show us the different options, including changing the name or SSID of the network. In some models it could appear in the Wireless section, Wi-Fi Settings or similar.
Change the default or old name
At this point we would only have to change the name. We may be using the default SSID that came with the router or that on some occasion we have already changed it previously.
We only need to put the name that interests us and we give it to Apply changes . Of course, we must bear in mind that we are limited to a maximum of 32 characters. We cannot put a very long phrase as a name, for example. The wireless network will automatically show that new name that we have set to be able to connect and have access from other devices.
Alternatively, beyond being able to access the router through the browser, we can also use the device application to change the name of the network. This is not possible with all models, but we can find it more and more frequently. This will allow us to have an even simpler way.
What name to put a WiFi network
Can we put any name to our WiFi network? The truth is that yes, since we can use letters or numbers as we want. Now, you have to take into account some questions to know which name is best, so as not to have any problems. The name that we are going to create must be something neutral, that does not relate to us. For example, we must avoid giving clues about the router model , the company we have, putting our name or any personal data.
The idea of changing the SSID of the WiFi is to create one that is as impersonal as possible . Put some words and digits that do not link us directly, for example. This will help to maintain security and privacy at all times and thus avoid problems of any kind.
Is it worth hiding the SSID?
What if I want to hide the name ? We have explained how we can change the SSID, but there is an additional option to all this that is to directly hide it and not appear when a third party performs a scan to see the available networks. It may even seem like one more security option.
It must be borne in mind that it is possible to do so and that we are also interested that no name appears. Basically what we do is hide the network and it will not appear in searches. But of course, that can be valid if a basic user takes his mobile and performs a normal search to search for networks. If an experienced user uses tools, such as inSSIDer or Acrylic Wi-Fi , they could see which networks are available and hidden.
So is it worth hiding the SSID? As we explained, if what we want is that the wireless network does not appear for a third party, for example a neighbor who cannot know what our network is and is not an expert, it may be worth it. It is one more measure that could be used as privacy, since at first we would not be indicating whether or not we have a Wi-Fi network at home.
However, it is not a really effective security measure. If there is someone with the necessary knowledge to exploit our wireless network, they will surely use one of those tools that we have named and will be able to see the hidden networks. Therefore, in terms of security, it is not really going to contribute much to us.
In short, following this process that we have explained we can change the name or SSID to WiFi. It is simple and fast, but also as we have seen it is something useful that can come in handy in order to improve the security and privacy of our network. There is even the alternative of hiding the name from third parties.