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Christopher Philippo Level 3 Level 3 (505 points)

There must be a way to rename one's own wi-fi network, but I can't seem to find where that can be done.


I opened Network Preferences and tried clicking Advanced, but I don't see anything there that looks like it would do it.  How is it done?

iMac (Flat Panel), Mac OS X (10.7.3), 2.4GHz IC2Duo 4GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)

    There is a certain ambiguity of your text. So:

    1. If you want to change your network name given by the wl router, Apple or non-Apple, you must change it withing the router settings. If you have an Apple wl router, use Airport utility. For non-Apple routers, you are told in the instructions what address you should type in any browser, Safari or else, e.g. etc.

    2. If you want to change the name under which your computer is displayed and identified in a network, do that in System Preferences/Sharing.

    If other than these, please explain.

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,865 points)

    As already mentioned, the Broadcast name, or SSID of your wifi network is a function of the wifi router itself an dnot your computer.  You need to log into your admin web page or admin application for the wifi router itself (which should have a password-restricted admin account) and change the SSID there.


    With my router, I would open a browser and go to for example, login to my routers admin account with the admin password and set it up there.

  • Christopher Philippo Level 3 Level 3 (505 points)

    On the Apple desktop menu bar, where one can Turn Wifi On or Turn Wifi Off, there's a list of names of local networks, my own and presumably nearby neighbors'.  It's the name there that I wish to change, not my IP address, and not my own computer's name.

  • Robert Newall Level 3 Level 3 (605 points)

    This is done in the router, or more precisely the wireless part of the router. Just where depends upon the particular device. Look at the manual for your router. You need to know the password for the admin interface of the router. You then use your browser to go to the url for the router. It will start as , aform of address for local resources. The baseplate of the device will usually give the IP of the device.

    Within the admin pages navigate to 'Wireless' or whtever it is called and look out for apage wher the "SSID' is set. SSID means the station set identifier. Keeping the other things as they are change the SSID and then ensure the modification is saved. Remember  to set the passphrase of the new SSID on the client (Computer)

  • Christopher Philippo Level 3 Level 3 (505 points)

    The router is an AirPort Extreme; Apple really didn't make changing the Wifi network name very user-friendly, did they?

  • jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)

    For this router you would use Airport Utility (in your Utilities folder).

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (40,275 points)

    Christopher Philippo wrote:


    The router is an AirPort Extreme; Apple really didn't make changing the Wifi network name very user-friendly, did they?

    ?  You need to try some other router in order to judge "friendly"

  • BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (14,645 points)

    Applications -> Utilities -> Airport Utility (or if you have an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, you can install an Airport Utility on that device for controlling your Airport Extreme).


    From the Airport Utility, select your router, enter your router's admin password from when you initially set it up (you may have saved the password in your Mac's keychain which will make it easier).


    Select your Airport Extreme in the Airport Utility.


    Go to Wireless


    Specify your "Wireless Network Name"


    While you are on that display, confirm that you are using WPA2 Wireless Security.  This would be your preferred WiFi security mode.  Of course your security mode has nothing to do with your WiFi name :-)

  • irudy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Bob's is the right answer!

  • ShellyXo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Bob & everyone, when I open Airport Utitilty, it starts scaning for Airport Wireless devices and then says  "Airport Utility was unable to find any Airport wireless devices. Make sure the Airport Wireles device you want to set up is plugged in and in range of your computer, and then click rescan to try again"

    and there is no other option, why is that? I'm alread connected to the internet, yikes! this is confusing for me!

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)

    Abnormal. Yet there is a simple way to reset a wl network: unplug the wl router for several seconds, wait, then plug it again. This is a soft reset of the wl network.

    If it does not come to a normal behavior, then do a hard reset, all such devices have a small slot, which may be pressed with a paper clip for approx. 5 seconds. After that, you must proceed with new settings, if you really kept that clip for at least 5 seconds, router memory is empty and must be reset from the scratch.

    But perhaps you do not need this.

  • ShellyXo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ok so I unplugged it and it is still doing the same thing, i'm so confused , what do you suggest I do next? all it keeps doing is scanning and then tell me it can't find any wireless devices which I don't understand because I have wireless internet ! ??

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)

    To be sure I correcty understand: do you have an Apple wireless router or a 3rd party router? If Apple, it should be detected; if any other else, no, it is not there, this is normal. For such devices, settings are (usually) done with the internet browser, any, Safari or any other browser.

  • ShellyXo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    apple wireless router? I have no idea. All I know I have a wireless router for the internet. and I also don't use Safari I use Opera, does that matter?

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