what it is, how to find it and modify it

By rummaging a bit in the network settings of your computer, console, tablet or smartphone, you have surely already come across the acronym SSID. Let’s see what it is, how to find it and modify it.

SSID: what it is, how to find it and change it

The SSID is an acronym for “Service SET Identifierand simply designates the name of a Wi-Fi network, whether private or public. It is composed of a maximum of 32 characters. The SSID is usually accompanied by other security measures, such as a WPA encryption protocol, to ensure proper protection of network users.

Where is the SSID of my wireless network?

In general, the SSID of your home or professional network corresponds by default to the name of the box or the router you are using. When selecting it from the list of Wi-Fi networks, it is possible to come across similar SSIDs if you live in an apartment or near other homes. Here are 3 solutions to be sure to find the right one:

  • On his Internet box : This is the simplest solution. On the router or operator box corresponding to the Wi-Fi network to which you wish to connect. In general, this is noted on a label placed below or on the side of the router, the mention SSID Wi-Fi must be registered with following a series of characters of which the first correspond to the name of the operator. This is usually accompanied by the default Wi-Fi password.

SSID: what it is, how to find it and change it

  • From another device connected to local Wi-Fi : in the event that you are not able to access your router or your box, do not hesitate to look at the Wi-Fi network of another device connected to the wireless network, whether it is a smartphone , a tablet or any other connected device.

SSID: what it is, how to find it and change it

  • From your administrator area : As a last resort, you can also go to the admin space of your router if you have the identifiers. The SSID is generally indicated in the Wi-Fi section of the administration area.

How do I change the SSID of my wireless network?

Firstly for organizational reasons within your home, but also and above all within your company, it may be useful for you to change the SSID of your box or router. Also note that your SSID is public and everyone can have access to it, changing it for security reasons can also be useful. In this area, note that the default SSID can often contain sensitive information about your router, but above all it could be tampered with by a third party and trap you in a hacked network. Changing it (even regularly) can be a good way to protect yourself from the slightest problem.

To change your SSID, everything happens from the administrator interface of your router or your internet box.

Once on the interface, go to the Wi-Fi section. In most cases, the operator offers to change the settings, either by clicking on the existing SSID, or by modifying it via a dedicated menu.

In case the chosen SSID is considered invalid, try to choose an SSID that does not contain any potentially incompatible characters.

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