If you just bought a brand new router, then there are a handful of first-steps that you should handle ASAP — such as picking a good name for the network SSID (service set identifier). Or if you’ve had a generically-named network for many months, you too should consider changing it up to something more interesting.
A good SSID not only makes it easy for you to identify your network when you need to connect new devices (e.g. which “LINKSYS” is yours?). It can also serve as a conversation starter when friends come over and it can provide a brief moment of amusement for strangers when they browse for connectable networks and see yours in the list.
So here are some suggestions you can use for inspiration — or you can take them wholesale and use them as is. If you do, please leave a comment and tell us which ones you liked best!
Funny Wi-Fi Network SSIDs
“Funny” is subjective so we’ll try to cover as wide a variety of ideas as we can. Hopefully you’ll find at least one or two that really stick out as awesome for you.
- Mom Use This One
- Abraham Linksys
- Benjamin FrankLAN
- Martin Router King
- John Wilkes Bluetooth
- Pretty Fly for a Wi-Fi
- Bill Wi the Science Fi
- I Believe Wi Can Fi
- Tell My Wi-Fi Love Her
- No More Mister Wi-Fi
- LAN Solo
- The LAN Before Time
- Silence of the LANs
- House LANister
- Winternet Is Coming
- Ping’s Landing
- The Ping in the North
- This LAN Is My LAN
- Get Off My LAN
- The Promised LAN
- The LAN Down Under
- FBI Surveillance Van 4
- Area 51 Test Site
- Drive-By Wi-Fi (for automobile hotspot)
- Planet Express (for automobile hotspot)
- Wu Tang LAN
- Darude LANstorm
- Never Gonna Give You Up
- Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Wi-Fi
- Virus-Infected Wi-Fi
- Starbucks Wi-Fi
- Text ###-#### for Password
- Yell ____ for Password
- The Password Is 1234
- Free Public Wi-Fi
- No Free Wi-Fi Here
- Get Your Own Damn Wi-Fi
- It Hurts When IP
- Dora the Internet Explorer
- 404 Wi-Fi Unavailable
- Titanic Syncing
- Test Wi-Fi Please Ignore
- Drop It Like It’s Hotspot
- Life in the Fast LAN
- The Creep Next Door
- Ye Olde Internet
Tips for Choosing a Wi-Fi Network SSID
Whether you decide to go with one of the SSIDs above or something else entirely of your own creation, there are a few important guidelines that you should consider:
- Aim for unique but memorable.
- Never include personal information like your real name, address, apartment number, birthdate, etc.
- Never make the SSID related to the network password.
- Avoid provocative SSIDs that might make your network a prime target for hackers.
As long as you take those tips to heart, there aren’t many security risks to worry about. And if you’re thinking about hiding your SSID to keep hackers away, don’t bother — even if the SSID isn’t being broadcast, it can still be found using packet sniffers and probe requests.
How to Change Your Wi-Fi Network SSID
Once you’ve picked a name for your network, you actually have to change a setting on your router to make that name come to life. This may not be as easy as snapping your fingers, but the process is rather straightforward — just follow the directions below closely and you’ll be fine, even if you’ve never done it before.
1. Log Into Your Router as Admin
Every router manufacturer provides their own unique admin panel software, and sometimes it can even differ from model to model, but the overall login procedure is pretty much the same for all of them. For what it’s worth, I’m on Windows 10 and have a TP-Link router so that’s what you’ll see in the screenshots below.
Open up Command Prompt (search “Command Prompt” in the Start Menu) and type in the following command and hit Enter:
In the results that show up, find Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi: and look under it for the item labeled Default Gateway. This is the IP address of your router — if you type it into the address bar of a web browser, you should see your router’s admin login page:
Most of the time,
192.168.1.1 should work. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to look up the instructions in your router’s manual to see if there are any special steps. For example, sometimes the login address is an actual URL like
As for admin login credentials, you can find the defaults for your router in the manual as well. However, admin / admin is a popular combo used by many manufacturers, followed by admin / password and admin / 1234. If those don’t work, check out RouterPasswords.com to see credentials for your specific model.
2. Edit the Device’s SSID
Once you’ve logged in, look for the navigation bar. For me, all of my options are along the left in a sidebar. For you, it might be sprawled across the top or bottom of the page, or it might be in a dropdown menu that’s tucked away into a corner.
Look for a section called Wireless, Wireless Networks, Wi-Fi, Wireless Settings, or anything along those lines. Click it and you should be brought to a page that lets you edit the router’s SSID, though it might have a more user-friendly label, like Wireless Network Name in my case.
Type in the new SSID, click Save, and you’re done. Note that this will disconnect ALL devices, forcing them to reconnect to the newly-named network (because in the eyes of a device, the old network no longer exists and the different name indicates a new network).
3. Tweak Other Settings (Optional)
Since you’re already logged into your router, we recommend tweaking a few other settings in order to optimize your internet performance and increase the security of your connections.
You definitely should change both the admin login password and the public-facing password that people use to connect to your network. The former should be under System Tools (or something similar), while the latter should be under Wireless Security (or something similar). In either case, make sure the password is a strong one.
Other settings to change include turning off Wi-Fi Protected Setup, using WPA2 instead of WPA or WEP, enabling the built-in firewall if it exists. You should also get acquainted with the page that shows all devices that are connected to the router. This can be an effective first step if you ever think there are suspicious devices on your network.
Lastly, you’ll want to go over our list of the most important router features to use — like port forwarding, quality of service, guest access, parental controls, etc. — and make sure they’re all configured on your network as that will result in the best experience.
What Are the Best SSIDs You’ve Seen?
Note that your Wi-Fi network SSID has nothing to do with its public hotspot functionality, assuming your router can be a public hotspot in the first place. The hotspot network is separate from your home network and usually has a designated name like xfinitywifi or Verizon Wi-Fi.
Otherwise, have fun!
Tell us what name you’re using for your Wi-Fi network SSID. Is it funny? Is it serious? Is it the default one that you’ve been too lazy or busy to change? Share with us in a comment below!