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Trip Up A Nerd With These WiFi Network & Computer Names

Tina Sieber 12-06-2013

computer name ideasNetwork and computer names are visible to anyone within the respective environment. Hence they make great subjects for sending messages, confusing other people in the network, or showing off your geekiness. Why use a default SSID or follow a boring name convention, if you could have some fun?


Ever since I bought my first laptop in 2003, I named my devices after a life goal or a geographical destination. My current laptop carries the name Yukon, a Canadian territory I have yet to visit. I continued the tradition with WiFi network and portable hotspot names. There was never a clever point, it was just my way of personalizing my devices.

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  • Direct your family and friends to the right WiFi network.

computer name ideas

Just don’t be too pragmatic and reveal the password via the SSID. That could invite undesired guests.

  • Pick a cool network name.

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network name ideas


Pretty fly for a WiFi

  • Send a message to your annoying neighbor.

network name ideas

  • Send a message back to your oh-so-clever neighbor.

Your grammar is more annoying

You get the idea. No one knows your network like you do. Have some fun and come up with a suitable network name.


You can find more awesome WiFi names on wifilol.

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Clever Computer Names

When a friend of mine got a new black computer, she was very excited about naming it. She loves Pirates of the Caribbean, so she named her laptop Black Pearl. If you’re a wannabe Internet pirate, that’s a brilliant name. My friend, however, has no clue. I hope network admins won’t take the name seriously.

Black Pearl Laptop


Here are some more computer name ideas:

  • My Precious
  • Significant Other
  • Hal

If you have several devices in your network, you could set up a name scheme. For example you could rank devices by size and name them after planets in the solar system; the smallest would be called Mercury. Just don’t call any of them Uranus!

computer naming ideas

In case planets or stars are not your thing, you could choose characters from cartoons, movies, novels, or celebrities, superheros, birds, trees, mountain peaks, cloud formations, elements of the periodic table, etc. The possibilities are endless and here is a whole list of names to make sure you don’t miss any potential option. You might even end up a little more educated by accident.


If you are managing a whole park of various devices, you could use a different name convention for each device type. For example desktop computers could be called after types of stone, while laptops could carry bird names. Instead of going by device type, you could also go by user.

Get Some Help From Computer Namer

If you can’t come up with a creative name or if you just can’t decide, try Computer Namer. This little web app has a list of random names. It’s instant inspiration! Geyser made me think of Yellowstone National Park and now I wonder whether there is a device I could rename Old Faithful.


How To Change Your WiFi Network Name

This one depends on how you access your WiFi router. Typically, you need to physically connect to the router via a LAN cable and then log into the admin panel by opening the router IP address in your browser. The default IP address for Linksys or Netgear routers for example is The default login data are often noted on the router or can be found online. The publicly displayed network name or SSID (service set identification) can be changed under Wireless Settings.

computer naming ideas

How To Change Your Device & Portable Hotspot Name In Android

The following description is for Android 4.1 on a Samsung Galaxy device. The exact steps may vary depending on your version of Android. Essentially, go to your home screen, open Settings and find the setting Tethering and portable hotspot. For me it’s located under More settings… below the Wireless and network header.

computer naming ideas

Select Portable Wi-Fi hotspot and click Configure in the bottom right. Now change the Network SSID and click Save when you’re done.

Rename Android Hotspot

How To Change Your Computer Name In Windows 7

Click the Start button and open the Control Panel. If the Control Panel is not listed in your Start menu, you can search for it instead. Then go to System and Security, and open System. Click Change settings next to your computer name.

computer name ideas

In the window that comes up, click Change… in the bottom right of the Computer Name tab, enter a new computer name, click OK, and reboot your computer.

Change Windows 7 Computer Name

How To Change Your Computer Name In Windows 8

Changing the computer name in Windows 8 works almost the same as Windows 7. The only difference is how you get to the Control Panel. Hover into a hot corner on your screen and select Search from the menu. Switch to Apps and find the Control Panel option under Windows System.

computer name ideas

Then proceed as described above for Windows 7.

Take Home Message

Names are a great source of fun. Use them wisely.

What did you call your computer? And if you have cool computer name ideas or conventions for devices at work, what are they?

Image credits: WiFi via Shutterstock, Planets via Wikipedia

Related topics: Computer Networks, Wi-Fi.

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  1. Angela
    January 28, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    " Black Pearl. If you’re a wannabe Internet pirate, that’s a brilliant name. My friend, however, has no clue. I hope network admins won’t take the name seriously. "

    Curious minds want to know ! What does this mean ? I don't have a clue either. I tried to google search but couldn't figure it out. Please reply !

  2. Ian K
    July 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    My neighbours are fighting right now. I think I will call mine "Shut up and stop quarreling"

  3. Vishnu Damwala
    June 29, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Cool Suggestions

  4. NOGoddess
    June 24, 2013 at 9:42 am

    IPFreely (but no, it's not an open network...)

  5. Harry
    June 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I don't like WIFI free-loaders so I named my SSD "USAF Cyber Investigation Center".

  6. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    June 16, 2013 at 6:29 am

    I name my HDDs and USB sticks as well because I have several of the same brand but each serve different purpose. Currently, my laptop is named Aqua, with two hard drive partitions named Fortis and Vitae respectively. The external HDD is Regia. The desktop PC is Ventus (HDDs: Mistral and Zaphyros). USB sticks are Saule, Meness, and Auseklis, then Mercury and Sulphur for mobile phones.
    I like overarching theme.

  7. M@yeulC
    June 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Guess what... ComputerNamer proposed me Uranus the first time I tried it... :P


  8. ANKUR T
    June 15, 2013 at 10:47 am


  9. Brian
    June 14, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Best way to tell your neighbour to " Shut your f****** dog up as***** "

  10. Onaje Asheber
    June 14, 2013 at 12:42 am

    LOL! Funny yet real nice...

  11. Craig
    June 13, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Actually, for security reasons, you are not supposed to use SSIDs that identify you, like say "The Weavers".

  12. Craig
    June 13, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    My Wi-Fi SSID is "FBI Surveillance Van"

    • ConnecSan
      December 20, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      One of the things, either I live next to you, you're not very original, or the FBI have given up on all secrecy

  13. AES2
    June 13, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Back before TCP/IP many organizations used Digital Equipment Corporation's DECnet, which for most of its life had only one domain with short names. For large organizations it was a challenge to pick out names that were short and unique on the LAN. Many used runs of names like Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, etc., or Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, etc. for groups of computers. My favorite run of names was wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.

  14. R Hopgood
    June 13, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I use the names from the Munsters. My main computer is Herman.

  15. Richard Henry
    June 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Why can I not call a computer Uranus? Then I can say the line 'you need to boot up uranus'. I am so witty.

    • dragonmouth
      June 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      I feel pretty,
      Oh, so pretty,
      I feel pretty, and witty and gay,
      And I pity
      Any girl who isn’t me today.

      from West Side Story by Bernstein and Sondheim

  16. Lee
    June 13, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Am I the only one who doesn't get creative with naming things? I always just name my computers "Lee-Laptop" or "Lee-Desktop" and my SSID is just my name.. Heck, on my parent's router I just left it at the default name (and so many devices are connected now, it'd be a pain to rename it because I'm assuming I'd have to go and reconnect every device).

    • Daniel Escasa
      June 14, 2013 at 5:04 am

      it’d be a pain to rename it because I’m assuming I’d have to go and reconnect every device

      Offhand, I don't think so but, not having renamed our access point, I wouldn't know. And now that you've brought up that possibility, I'm now hesitant :)

  17. macwitty
    June 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    One I saw a wifi network called something like "Mum to click on"

    I have always named my private computers and have more of a list name (MD 1 for the first Mac Desktop) for my company computers

  18. Merlin
    June 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I named all of my computers after the main characters of a comics series.

  19. Harshit J
    June 13, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I think "I can hack your Facebook" is a much better name :D

  20. bben
    June 13, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I have always used girl's names from 50s songs
    My current desktop is Elvira
    My Laptop is SuziQ
    An older laptop is Toshiko ( The one exception - I was in Japan at the time)
    Others: Sherrie Baby, Corina, Donna (the Prima Donna), Maybellene, Blue Angel
    My wifi is CIA Listening Post 1107 ( may change to NSA )

  21. Roger Caldwell
    June 13, 2013 at 10:00 am

    At a previous employer (ISP) we used a Gilligan's Island theme for naming. Starting with the characters Gilligan, Skipper, etc. When all the charter names were used we moved on to items referenced in the show like Lagoon, Island, Raft. Our voluptuous Secretary/Receptionist was given the machine named Ginger. (go figure) I was the proud recipient of Lagoon.

  22. David Moreira
    June 13, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I have two networks at home.

    One of them is called:


    and the second one:


  23. Pooky Joralyn
    June 13, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Just press Win-X, then press P (or Win-C, then space/enter) and you'll get to the Windows 8 Control Panel.
    The name Black Pearl reminds me of her: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwon_Yuri (I'm a fan of Girls' Generation, and my lappy is fully black too :D)
    I've been leaving mine to just "lenovo-e49" since I bought it. Considering about changing to "deeryoona" thought. Anyway, thumbs ups for the post!

  24. James West
    June 13, 2013 at 5:39 am

    there's a wifi network in the neighbourhood call Skynet Global Defence Network. I don't think anyone born after 2000 would get that reference

    • Daniel Escasa
      June 14, 2013 at 5:01 am

      They probably still will. After all, the Terminator series still comes out on our local cable movie channels

  25. Zhong J
    June 13, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Nice little article about people who doesn't know how to change their SSID or computer's name. However, it's tend for entertainment purposes with little degree on discovering why it's essential.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      June 16, 2013 at 6:30 am

      Yeah. It doesn't really have practical purpose but it's fun, and for me it's easier to remember than bland names.

  26. Eric Jay P
    June 13, 2013 at 2:07 am

    ur anus, i mean uranus made me smile. good article :)

    • Pooky Joralyn
      June 13, 2013 at 8:12 am

      I was wondering why the author said just don't use "Uranus, until I see your comment :D

  27. Mitzumi Kare
    June 13, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Since it took us a very long time to restore internet service - we had to switch networks- we named our Wifi 'abouttime' I wanted it to be aboutdamntime but Mom said no.

  28. DT
    June 13, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I bought a top of the line gaming PC from Fry's Electronics back in 2007ish. It had an Intel Q6600 CPU, Nvidia GTX 8800, and Vista. A friend bought one, too. He named his "Behemoth" while I named mine "Fryzilla". Great PCs, lots of fun.

  29. Justin Klyczek
    June 13, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Thanks Tina. This made me smile! :)

    My wifi is Ewok Central
    My computer is Chewy Steak