TechGYD | A Definitive Guide To Changing SSID of Home Router

An SSID is called a Service Set Identifier. It is the network name which you see when you open the wifi network tab on your device or system. By default, an SSID is the name of the brand which manufactured the router or modem. You might have seen names such as TP-Link, Xfinity, Comcast routers, Linksys and AT&T routers have certain names such as ATT along with a few numbers.

Why you should change the SSID?

There can be several reasons behind changing the SSID or network name like:

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1 ) You don't want to get confused between the network name of your router who may be using the same router to access the web

2 ) By default, the network name is usually the name of the brand and hence it can be easy for anyone to guess the login credentials and be able to steal critical information from your system or else be able to fiddle with important details of a network. There are many hackers around who are just looking for an opportunity to bag information about a network or an individual. Thus, to improve the security of your system you should change the SSID of your network.

3 ) You should do it for yourself since it will ensure that you or anyone else recognizes your network at par with others. It helps in understanding which one of yours is the one to get hold to for web.

Every router comes with its own set of instruction manuals that tell you how to change the SSID. In general, most of the routers have the same process. There may be a few changes like the model of the router and the certain tabs you need to go to but overall process is the same.

  1. Logging Inside the router

logging inside the router

Even before you begin this process, you need to have the box of your router near you as it may have the default credentials which are required to log into the admin panel of the router that enables you to change the core settings. You can know the router's IP address online and once you have the IP address which is of the form 10.0.0.1 or 192.168.100.1, Use the default credentials to enter the routers settings.

Here are the IP addresses for popular routers

Xfinity/Comcast: 10.0.0.1

Arris router: 192.168.1.254

At&T routers: 192.168.1.254

You can find their default IP to access the gateway. It can either be found on their box else on their official website.

PS: one of the quickest ways to find the default IP is using the terminal in your system. For windows, you can simply use the command Win+R and in the run box type CMD. Enter the command ipconfig and you will be able to see the IP address associated with your computer.

2) Check the Router's Wireless settings page

Router's Wireless settings

You will be able to see a lot of tabs in your wifi routers settings. Here, you have to figure out the tab which contains the configuration settings of your router. These settings may be the same for all routers but the way they appear in the login gateway may be different. Don't be in a hurry and be careful while looking for the right tab.

3) Change the SSID

Change the SSID

Once you have found the settings to change the SSID. The next process is to change the SSID. You can set the SSID as long as 32 characters long. You should also notice that it is case sensitive. Also, make sure you are not settings up a name which may rather provoke the hackers from trying to attempt a hack on your system. Remember to save the settings and follow the below tips when setting up the SSID  

Tips:

->Make the SSID short and simple

->Don't make it very fancy as it may backfire

->Don't use any personal information to set the name of your router

4) Save and re-check the Wifi

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Once you have saved the settings, make sure to check if the network name is appearing the way you want it to be. Update the connection and save settings. It is considered a good practice if you change the SSID every 6-9 months.

BONUS TIPS

5 ) Setting up the Login Details

It is always recommended to change the default username and password so that your router becomes secure from any suspicious login attempts.

-> Your password should have a mixture of alphanumeric characters and special characters

-> Your password should be 8-16 characters long, complex yet easy to remember

-> Username should be user-friendly and simple

-> Username and password for Huawei router needs to be written down somewhere

6) Secure Roadrunner-84AP router settings:

Inside the default gateway, see for the encryption settings of your network. You need to set the encryption to WPA2-PSK which is the current industry standard. It ensures that your router operates at the best security level possible.

Conclusion

No matter which router you have, hackers can make an attempt to bypass your system. It is best recommended that you always maintain your router by keeping a check on credentials like the username and password, SSID and also the encryption settings for your router.

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