How to secure a wireless network: Part 2 of 5 – How to change the SSID


This post follows on from How to secure a wireless network: Part 1 of 5 – Enabling WPA on a wireless router which includes a detailed description of some key security myths pertaining to wireless security. The first post also goes into detail about why these steps are only appropriate for small networks as found at home – you need to take a different approach with appropriate key management for larger networks.


The first post also explains the limited security benefit to be found by changing the name of your wireless network – the technical term for the network name is the Service Set IDentifier(SSID)


Click here to see a demonstration of how to change the name of your wireless network (SSID)


Here’s a transcript of the demonstration:


The demonstration assumes that you’ve already signed into your router as an adminstrator – often there’s only a single account so rather than entering a username you just enter a password to “sign in” as administrator


Enter the system configuration and Change the SSID


Save the settings


 

Comments (8)

  1. Anonymous says:

    This post has been replaced by a series of five blogcasts as quite a bit has changed since I wrote this

  2. Anonymous says:

    Steve Lamb puts together an excellent five part series on securing a wireless network. He starts with the process of enabling WPA — or Wireless Protected Access. Then goes into a great conversation on SSID’s, enabling them, hiding them, and the limited

  3. Anonymous says:

    This post follows on from How to secure a wireless network: Part 1 of 5 – Enabling WPA on a wireless

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’ve just bought the cheapest wireless router I could find to share my hotel broadband connection with

  5. Anonymous says:

    This post follows on from How to secure a wireless network: Part 1 of 5 – Enabling WPA on a wireless

  6. Anonymous says:

    This post follows on from How to secure a wireless network: Part 1 of 5 – Enabling WPA on a wireless

  7. Anonymous says:

    This post follows on from How to secure a wireless network: Part 1 of 5 – Enabling WPA on a wireless

  8. Anonymous says:

    I heard yesterday that Steve has done these and that they had gone down very well, so thought I would