All wireless broadband Internet connections have their own unique SSID. The SSID is just a technical term used to refer to the network’s name. If you are currently connected to a broadband connection named “Home,” for example, the SSID of that name would also be “Home.” You can change the SSID of your wireless broadband Internet connection at any time by making a few quick adjustments to your wireless router settings. Be warned, though, that you’ll need to pass along the new SSID to anyone else who uses the network so that they don’t get confused.
Find out the IP address for the router that is being used to create your wireless broadband Internet connection. Accessing your router’s settings requires you to use a Web browser, but it isn’t quite like accessing a Web page. Instead, your router’s IP address will be a series of numbers that is listed in the instruction manual that came with it. The same information may also be printed on the bottom of the device itself.
Once you have the IP address, go to any computer on your network and enter that information into your browser address bar. Your router settings “Login” page will load.
Type your router settings username and password into the boxes on screen to log into your router. If you don’t know this information, use the default username and password as listed in the instruction manual that came with your device. Each router manufacturer also has its own standard default login information, so if you can’t find the manual you can also find the information on the manufacturer’s website.
Look towards the top of the router settings page for the entry that reads “SSID.” Note that some router manufacturers may also label this option as simply “Name.” Click this option to continue.
Change the currently listed SSID to whatever new name you’d like to give your network connection. If your SSID is currently “Home,” for example, and you want to change it to “Work,” all you would have to do is change the text in the box to reflect your new preferences.
Click “Save.” Your broadband wireless Internet connection will now use the new name that you have specified. Note that because you’ve changed the SSID, all computers that were previously connected to your network will be immediately disconnected. You will have to go to each computer and manually connect it to the network once again.
Sam Jones, the author, has a great aol broadband package but wanted to remove the generic home name of his network.