How to Locate an SSID on a NetGear

By Ken White

The Service Set Identifier, or SSID, is an alphanumeric string of up to 32 characters that serves as the name of your local wireless network. The SSID is set in your Netgear router configuration menu and lets you set a distinctive name for your network. When you connect devices like computers, printers, mobile phones, TVs and Blu-ray players to your wireless network, the SSID is the name that comes up when the device lists available wireless networks.

Step 1

Open a Web browser and navigate to "" or "" Both URLs connect to the configuration pages on the Netgear router. Enter "admin" as the username and "password" as the password to log into the router. If you have changed your password, enter that instead of "password."

Step 2

Click "Wireless Settings" in the "Setup" panel. The SSID of your network is in the "Name (SSID)" text box. If you have a dual-band router that transmits on the 5GHz and 2.4GHz wireless frequencies, you see two "Name (SSID)" text boxes and each band has an SSID.

Step 3

Type a new name in the "Name (SSID)" text box to change your SSID. Click "Apply" to apply the new SSID.

Tips & Warnings

  • Older Netgear routers may not have or available. These routers can be accessed by typing the IP address of the router in the address bar, usually "," "" or ""
  • If you have not changed the default name, "NETGEAR," you should change it to something more easily identified, especially in areas where there may be multiple Wi-Fi signals available.
  • For extra security, you can disable SSID broadcast. Click "Wireless Settings" in the "Advanced" panel and uncheck "Enable SSID Broadcast." If you disable SSID broadcast, you must enter the SSID in your wireless device to find the signal from the router, because it will not be visible in a normal search of available wireless signals.