Currently Being ModeratedNov 17, 2012 5:53 AM (in response to Robert Lesperance)
Hi - what version of the Airport Utility are you using? - in the new iOs version there is a checkbox to keep the names the same but in the older versions they are separate - the device name is the name that you assign to your base station - in my opinion, it should be different from the network name so you could add additional units to the network without confusion - the network name is the name of your wireless network and it would be the same throughout the system.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 17, 2012 6:23 AM (in response to Robert Lesperance)
I changed the name of my router in the Airport utility and thought that the network would be changed accordingly. What is the differnce between the 2 ?
The name of the router would be the "Base Station" or "device" name. It might be something like RL AirPort Extreme
The name of the wireless network (technically called the SSID) is separate matter. It might be something like RL Wireless, for example.
If you can post back to let us know what version of AirPort Utility you are using, we can provide you with the steps to change either the device name or wireless network, or both.
In order to prevent confusion, you should have a separate device name and a separate wireless network name.
If you are not sure which version of AirPort Utility that you have, click on the AirPort Utility menu in the upper left corner of the screen and then click About AirPort Utility to see the version number.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 17, 2012 6:20 AM (in response to CRMDVM)
Hi CRMDVM ... I am using Airport utility 6.1. But you are also talking about a feature in iOS. I don't use iOs to configure my network, only OS 10.8.2.
I was finalky able to modify the router's name to match the network, but I still don't understand why I would need to differentiate the router and the network name. I thought that the access's point name would give it's name to the network.
I probably have a small network so I am missing all the other possibilities.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 17, 2012 6:42 AM (in response to Robert Lesperance)
In your case keeping the names the same is your choice - as Bob and I said, you would only use different names to avoid confusion in the future - and your version of the Airport Utility gives you the option of using the same or different names - it is not automatic.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 17, 2012 6:50 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)
Thanks both for your help ... Could you give me an example of a configuration where to point access router's name would need to be different from the network's name ?