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How to Locate a Router's SSID and SSID Broadcast Setting

Situation:

Step-by-step instructions on how to locate your router's SSID and broadcast settings.

What to Do:

Locating the SSID:
  • Look for a sticker on your router.
    Many routers provided by internet service providers have a sticker on the bottom or side, listing the default SSID. This is usually labeled as the SSID or "Network Name" and may be located next to a bar code.
  • Use another device connected to your network to find the SSID.

    Windows

    1. Left click the wireless signal icon (most often located on the bottom right corner of the desktop).
    2. Within the list of networks, look for the network name listed next to "Connected". This is your network's SSID.

    Mac OS

    1. Select the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar.
    2. Within the list of networks, look for the network name listed with a check mark. This is your network's SSID.

    Android

    1. From the Apps menu, select "Settings".
    2. Select "Wi-Fi".
    3. Within the list of networks, look for the network name listed next to "Connected". This is your network's SSID.

    iOS

    1. Select "Settings".
    2. Select "Wi-Fi".
    3. Within the list of networks, look for the network name listed with a check mark. This is your network's SSID.
Locating the SSID and Broadcast Setting:
  • Check this setting from within your router's settings.
    1. Log in to your router's settings.
    2. Search through your router for phrases such as SSID or Wireless Network Name. The terms and locations can change from router to router. Below are examples for common router brands:
      • D-Link:
        You can typically find the SSID by selecting the "Setup" option, and then "Wireless Settings".
        Enable SSID broadcast by selecting "Visible" for the "Visibility Status".
      • Netgear:
        You can typically find the SSID by selecting the "Basic" settings option, and then selecting "Wireless Settings". The SSID may be labeled as "Wireless Network Name".
        The option to enable SSID Broadcast is often located by selecting "Wireless Settings" under the "Advanced" settings.
      • Belkin:
        You can typically find SSID by selecting the "Wireless" tab and then selecting the "Channel and SSID" option.
        The option to enable SSID broadcast is located here as well.
      • Linksys:
        You can typically find the Network Name (SSID) by choosing the "Wireless" tab, and then "Basic Wireless Settings".
        The option to enable SSID broadcast here as well