Have you been hearing about the SSID number but don’t know how to find yours? We are going to show you how to find your SSID number in no time, just read on.
Every wireless network comes with an SSID set in the router’s options. It is used in identifying the network while connecting. Most Wi-Fi routers have a default SSID set up right out of the box. This is usually found on a sticker on the router. As such, if you have changed the SSID, you’ll need to look in the router’s settings.
Let’s start with how you can find the default SSID.
How to Find the Default SSID
In case you have never chosen an SSID, it is possible your router is probably using a default name set up in the factory. Older routers most times use their brand names as SSIDs (Linksys, Netgear, Belkin, etc.). However most new devices have unique names. You can check the body of the router itself for a sticker with the SSID, which might also be called the network name. You will also be needing the password on the sticker to connect to Wi-Fi. In case you don’t see a sticker, you can check the instruction manual.
How to Find Any SSID
Here’s how to check your router’s current SSID:
- Sign into its Web interface.
- Since you don’t know the SSID to connect wirelessly, you will have to use a computer connected to the router by an Ethernet cable.
- In a Web browser, try visiting the address 192.168.1.1. If that does not work 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.2.1. If none of these works, then you have to check your router’s manual for the Web interface address. Alternatively, you can use ipconfig in looking up the default gateway which corresponds to the interface address.
- Immediately you find the right address, you will have to log in using the router’s administrative password. If you have never changed the password, you can make do with the default in the manual. Most devices use the user name admin or a blank password.
- In case these options do not work, you can look up the password on a site like RouterPasswords, Port Forward or your router manufacturer’s website.
- In the router interface, search for the wireless settings page in order to find your SSID.
- However, note that exact directions vary by model. Bit you can find a link in the router’s basic settings or on the main menu. Immediately you find the SSID, note down the name and close the browser when you are done.
How to Reset the SSID
If you still can’t figure out your SSID, you can reset your router to factory settings and use the default name on the sticker.
- Search for a small Reset or Restore Factory Settings button on the router. Often, the button is protected inside a hole and you may need a pin or toothpick to press it.
- Press and hold the button until your router reboots to reset the SSID.