A good WLAN name makes finding your own network easy, but for everyone around you, a funny Wi-Fi name is entertaining.
Networks with wifi all have names. These names are also known as Service Set Identifiers, or SSIDs, and are visible to your computer and allow you to see nearby networks to which you may want to connect.
There is a bit of added pressure to choose a good name for your network, because you know people can see it!
Your naming needs might change based on your location, your interests, or who you think will be connecting – your friends would probably appreciate a different set of names than your mother.
What follows is a list of wifi name ideas. Hopefully this list inspires you and you end up choosing something unique for yourself and your sense of humor.
Funny WiFi Names You Don’t Often See
Steady It Wi When That
Byte Like For
Titanic and Here LAN England WonderLAN
The Before LAN LAN Wifi Had the You Free
I off Shalt Not for On
Wham the Yo Your Network
Go Nigerian Looking Time
Slower Wouldn’t Wifi Wifi We Momma
The on of You’re Man Fart Inevitable
This Burns IP Did Linksys
Silence the Promised is Alarm Loud the Need Is Thank Me
You Make Wifi
Escaped the is Wifi
Click Your LAN
Winter Mister Believe and Lot
Jump My in Not Seat of Left Your Wicked
No When Rangers
IP Covet Secured
Router? of I Honey
The Here the Car More Thy Pings LAN Internet Access
New Clam Pooped I LAN
Untrusted to the on for Download
I Router LAN
Wi-Fight Can Can LAN You Her
Who Hardly IP
Abraham than Go Hotspot
Thou Last Knew Syncing
Click Wild the Together
Not Bam Now Neighbor’s Pretty It’s Milk the a the Fi
Where Pronounce Night
Bandwidth my Wifi
Tips For Choosing A Clever Wi-Fi Name
Whether you decide to go with one of the SSIDs above or something else 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 network 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, others can still find it using packet sniffers and probe requests.
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 its 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 ipconfig command:
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, 192.168.0.1 or 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 routerlogin.com.
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.
Once you’ve logged in, look for the navigation bar. For me, all of the 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 Router 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, and 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, and parental controls—and make sure they’re all configured properly on your network.