Meaning of SSID


Everyday life without the Internet – hardly imaginable. Whether in the professional or private sector, many activities take place online. Since mobile data via smartphone is expensive, most of them use a WLAN connection. You can recognize your WLAN network by a character string called SSID.

  • SSID is the abbreviation for Service Set Identifier. See abbreviationfinder.
  • This denotes the names of the individual networks.
  • You need the correct name of the access point to go online.
  • It is possible to adapt the designation individually.

What is SSID?

SSID is the designation for a specific WLAN network . Since different access points are often within reach in the work environment or at home, it can sometimes lead to confusion. Pay attention to the Service Set Identifier to recognize your network access. This means that you can be sure that your smartphone , computer or similar device will connect to the appropriate network. You can use a password to protect your network from being accessed by strangers.

How do I find out the SSID?

If you are using a Windows computer that is connected to the network, it is easy to find out the associated SSID. Move the mouse pointer to the bottom right of the screen. The symbol that shows the Internet connection is located here in the task bar. On the Mac, the information about the Internet connection can be found behind the WLAN icon in the top right corner. If the mouse pointer rests on the Internet icon, the name of the SSID appears. Alternatively, you can open the Windows menu in the taskbar and navigate to the network behind which “Connected” is listed. Press the right mouse button and drag the mouse cursor to the “Properties” option. Here you will find further information and setting options.

Determine the SSID using the router

It is not absolutely necessary to be connected to the WLAN: The SSID can also be determined by looking at the router. Often the name is given on the back of the device for the Internet connection. As long as you do not change this, the name remains current. Often it corresponds to the name of the router model. In the event that you have changed the name and do not have access to your WLAN, use a LAN cable. This establishes a connection between the router and the laptop. The SSID is displayed on the user interface.

Is the SSID the WLAN name – and can it be changed?

The SSID is the name of your WLAN network. With this it is possible for you to discover your network directly in the list of networks listed. You can find the network even faster if you use an individual name. You can change the name in the router’s menu. For this purpose, enter the standard URL into the browser of your Mac or Windows computer and then note the device password in the software. In the settings you control the WLAN options. The name is listed under the heading SSID. This is where you make the adjustments. Important: Do not use special characters or umlauts when choosing a name.

Why should you change the SSID?

The name of the SSID is already preset for a new router. If a router with the same name is active in your area, this can lead to mix-ups that affect the transmission quality of uploads and downloads. The establishment of the connection is disturbed by this duplication because the assignment is not clear. It is also possible that your router is trying to dial into the foreign network. It is therefore advisable to adapt the name. Decide on a name that makes your WLAN immediately recognizable to you.

How can you make the SSID visible or invisible?

The SSID is normally visible. It is displayed as a network in the area so that new clients can more easily connect to the port. Nowadays, however, modern devices make it possible to hide the name of the WLAN. The idea behind this is that possible hackers and attackers do not even discover the network and therefore do not attack it. In order to make your SSID invisible, select the menu of the WLAN router in the browser and remove the check mark after the entry “Name of the WLAN radio network visible”. The network is invisible, but it can still be found – for example by users who know the network name. Your SSID is freely visible again as soon as you tick the box again.