The abbreviation SSID stands for “Service Set Identifier” and is the name for your WiFi network. We explain what you need an SSID for.
SSID is the name of your WiFi
For example, if you want to connect your computer or smartphone to the router via WiFi to access the Internet, you have to select the correct access point first. You can recognize it by its name – the SSID.
- The SSID is usually the model name of the router.
- You can also change the name of your SSID if you want to. Personalizing the name of your WiFi makes it easier to find and connect instantly to the right network.
- You can even give it a fun name, such as “I Believe Wi Can Fi” or “Drop it like it’s Hotspot”.
2 ways to find your SSID
There are simple ways to find the name of your current WiFi. The following instruction goes for Windows as well as Mac-Users.
- Taskbar: If you are currently connected to the network there is a network icon (see picture) either in the lower right corner of the taskbar (Windows) or in the upper right corner (Mac). If you move the mouse over the icon you can see the name of the network.
- Router: The name of the network is usually also included on the back of the router, as long as it has not been changed. The SSID then often includes the name of the router model.
SSID: How to protect your wireless network
- For security reasons, you can change your SSID or even hide it completely. However, if a professional wants to access your WiFi network, these actions will in no way prevent him from doing so.
- Hence, hiding your WiFi network is not necessary.
- If you really want to strengthen the security of your wireless network, you should consider other measures such as passwords and MAC address filters.