How to Change the Default SSID on Wi-Fi Devices

Wi-Fi Devices shipped with predefined Service Set Identifier (SSID) set by their manufacturer.

The SSID can be accessed from within these products configuration utilities. Common examples of predefined SSIDs are simple names like “wireless,” “tenda,” “linksys,” or “default.” An SSID can be changed at any time, as long as the change is also made on all wireless clients.

To improve the security of your home wireless network, change the SSID to a different name than the default. Here are some recommended based on best network security practices:

  • Don’t use your personal information as part of the SSID.
  • Don’t use any of your Windows or Internet Web site passwords.
  • Don’t tempt would-be intruders by using tantalizing network names like  “TOP-SECRET”.
  • Do pick an SSID that contains both letters and numbers.
  • Do choose a name as long or nearly as long as the maximum length allowed.
  • Do consider changing your SSID every few months.

Happy Changing SSID!


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