Leaving your wireless router named "linksys" can cause problems if you live in an apartment complex or a crowded neighborhood---your router probably won't be the only one with that name within range of your laptop. The best way to avoid this sort of complication is to change the name---or, as it's technically known, the SSID---to something other than the default "linksys." Then you'll always be able to tell which wireless network is yours.
Things You'll Need
- Your router's IP address, username and password, if applicable
Open the Web-based configuration for your router. The default address is "192.168.1.1" for all Linksys routers. Type it into your Web browser's address bar, just as with any website address.
If someone else set up the router for you, they may have changed this address; contact them to find out.
Type your user name and password. If you never changed the settings, the default is a blank user name. The default password is "admin" for all Linksys routers.
If someone else set up the router for you, they may have set the password and user name; contact them to find out.
Once you log in you'll be presented with the settings page for your Linksys router.
Click the "Wireless" tab to go to the wireless settings.
Change the name of your router from "linksys" by writing the new name in the "SSID" field. According to Linksys' website, it "should be changed to something with both numbers, letters, and no spaces, do not use an address, or a name, or anything that may ... allow someone to trace the location."
Click the "Save Settings" button to apply the change.
Reconfigure all the computers and devices that use your wireless connection to access the network with its new name.
Tips & Warnings
- Some routers require that you connect to them via wired Ethernet to access the settings. If you cannot alter the settings over wireless, try directly plugging into the router.
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