An SSID is called a service set identifier and is basically the name of any network. Whenever you click the network tab, the multiple names which you see inside are called the SSID. By default, the SSID is always in context to the manufacturer of the router. Wireless access points also tend to have an SSID and come with a predefined network name.
As a safe practice, you should always make sure to change the network name because if you don’t, It will be very easy for anyone to assume the username and password and one can fiddle with the settings. It is like putting the whole network at risk.
Usual SSID are: Default, Linksys, Wireless, Netgear, TP-Link
There is a chance that your neighbour may also have a similar router and so it makes sense for you to change the router name which will give your router a unique identity. It is not an ideal scenario to have two routers with the same SSID. If you haven’t, make sure to do a check right now and if the router name is the default. Change it right away.
Find your Routers SSID
You can find the SSID of your router using a code. Just enter the IP address so that you can access the admin panel. The IP address for your router can be 192.168.I.254 or 10.0.0.1 and it leads the way for you to get inside the admin panel and change the settings. Here are the steps you can follow to access the SSID
- Enter the IP address like http://192.168.1.1 in your browser just in case you haven’t changed the default IP
- The above IP is of Linksys router and now you will have to enter the username and password. The username is admin and you may not require a password.
- Once inside, you need to locate the Wireless option
- Here you can look for the current SSID name inside the tab or option Wireless Network Name (SSID) field.
In case you have some other router, the way to find shall be somewhat similar. As an alternative, you can also check the routers official website and get to know the login credentials. For most routers, you can also find the login details at the bottom of the box in which the router comes. The same box also has the username and password.
Deciding if you need to change the SSID
It is very easy to change the SSID and you can configure something that is very user-friendly. You need to find the router configuration screen to edit the network name. Make sure once you have changed the wireless network then you will have to re-connect all your devices once again. Apart from this one change, there is no major difference that impacts the network.
Before settings up the SSID, make sure to re-check the network names of the other routers as it is annoying to have two routers or access points having similar names. The users may get confused and also there could be an issue if the security is set as WPA. This can lead to the clients of your users joining different networks.
There has been an ongoing debate regarding if changing or not changing the SSID poses any risk to the network name. There could be a scenario where you have not changed the default SSID but have changed the username and password with WPA2-PSK settings which may prevent hackers or anyone wanting to go inside the network to steal information. What really happens is that the probability of attack increases when anyone leaves the default SSID unchanged.
How to choose a good wireless name?
When it comes to changing the SSID. You need to choose a name which is easy to remember and distinguishes you from other network names in your surroundings. Your SSID can be of around 32 characters long and consist of alphanumerics. Follow the below tips to change the SSID
-> Never add any personal details to your SSID
-> Make sure to not use the password for your windows or any other as SSID
-> Never try to tempt people who are always on the hunt to attack weak networks
-> Make sure to keep your SSID from mixing letters and numbers.
-> Don’t make the SSID too long
-> Make it a practice to change the SSID regularly
-> it is always safe to change the SSID and write it down somewhere
Once you have changed the SSID, go ahead and refresh the network tab. Let us know in the comments if you need any extra information