We’ve all been there.  You buy a new router, take it out of the box, plug it in and begin the process of connecting all your new devices.  Your network probably looks something like this: “9302nbd2nf02” and/or “9302nbd2nf02-5G”. Boring. When you turn on the wi-fi on your phone or laptop, nearby networks populate your screen with similarly random strings of alphanumeric characters.

But wait, why join the sea of meaningless network names?  For an extra three to four minutes, you can set a custom network SSID (“Service Set Identifier” — or just “network name” for the less technically inclined).  While your at it, why not choose a network name with some creativity or even a little humor? Since you are reading this article, my guess is you are considering just that.  If you already know how to set a custom SSID, skip the section below and head straight to the network names. However, if you need a little help, we have included instructions for the top brands of network routers.

How to change the network name (SSID) on your router

Set a custom network name (SSID) on Netgear routers

Directions from this Netgear help article are included below.

  1. Launch an Internet browser and type http://www.routerlogin.net into the address bar.
  2. Enter the router user name and password when prompted.  The default user name is admin. The default password is password.
  3. Click OK.
  4. The BASIC Home page displays.
  5. Select Wireless.
  6. Enter your new user name in the Name (SSID) field.
  7. Enter your new password in the Password (Network Key) fields.
  8. Click the Apply button.
  9. Your changes are saved.

Note: If your device disconnects from the wireless network, view the available wireless network again and enter the new WiFi network key or password.

Set a custom network name (SSID) on D-Link routers

Directions from this D-Link help article are included below.

  1. Open an Internet browser and enter http://dlinkrouter.local or into the address bar.
  2. Enter the password for your Admin account in the field provided. If you have not changed this password from the default, leave the field blank. Click Log In.
  3. Move the cursor to the Settings tab and then click Wireless from the drop-down menu.
  4. Next to Wi-Fi Name (SSID), type in a new SSID. Wireless clients will need to connect to the new SSID in order to access your wireless network. This may require you to update your wireless clients’ configuration. You must specify a different SSID for the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless networks.
  5. Click Save Settings to save your configuration.

Set a custom network name (SSID) on Linksys routers

Directions from this Linksys help article are included below.

  1. Access the router’s web-based setup page.  For instructions, click here.  If you are using MacOS to access the router’s web-based setup page, click here.
  2. When the router’s web-based setup page opens, click Wireless.
  3. At the Wireless > Basic Wireless Settings page, select Manual.
  4. Look for Network Name (SSID) and change it to your desired name for the Wi-Fi.
  5. Click Save Settings.

Set a custom network name (SSID) on ASUS routers

Directions from this ASUS help article are included below.

  1. Determine the network address of your ASUS Router, which should be printed on the back of your router.  Most ASUS routers have a default address of
  2. Navigate to Wireless > General, and type the new SSID of your choice in the appropriate box.
  3. Save your changes.

Funny Wi-Fi Network Names

Without further ado, below are a collection of well over one hundred clever, network-themed names to consider for your wi-fi network.  We have also sorted them into some popular categories Enjoy!


  1. LANdo Calrissian
  2. May the Wi-Force Be With You
  3. Jar Jar Linksys
  4. These Are Not the Droids You’re Looking For
  5. Not the Wifi You’re Looking For
  6. A long time ago…
  7. Let the Wifi Win
  8. I am WAN with the Web and the Web is with Me
  9. Luke, I Am Your Wi-Fi
  10. Forest Moon of Endor
  11. Docking Bay 94
  12. Huge Tracts of LAN
  13. I’m Not A Witch I’m Your Wifi
  14. Inigo the Modem
  15. One Does Not Simply Log Into Mordor
  16. You Shall Not Password
  17. Lord of the Ping
  18. One Wifi to Rule Them All
  19. Routers of Rohan
  20. Skynet Global Defense Network
  21. The LAN Before Time
  22. No More Mister Wifi
  23. The Net starring Sandra Bullock
  24. Titanic Syncing
  25. Silence of the LAN
  26. Do Re Mi Fa So La Wi Fi


  1. Winternet is Coming
  2. Wi-Fi Network? Why Not Zoidberg?
  3. A LANnister Always Surfs The Net
  4. The Mad Ping
  5. House of Black and Wifi
  6. Comcasterly Rock
  7. House LANister
  8. LANnisters Pay Their Debts
  9. LANnisters Send Their Regards
  10. Banana Stand Money
  11. Troy and Abed in the Modem
  12. Modem Family
  13. Bill Wi, the Science Fi
  14. Go Go Gadget Internet
  15. A Van Down By The River
  16. DHARMA Initiative – Station 4

Pop Culture

  1. Wi FiLecia
  2. Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Wi-Fi!
  3. That’s What She SSID
  4. Not A Pokestop
  5. Routy McRouterface
  6. Never gonna give you wifi
  7. Thanks Obama
  8. 99 problems, but WiFi ain’t one
  9. Bill Clinternet
  10. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Lan
  11. I am the Internet, AMA
  12. Upload the rain download in africa
  13. Wu-Tang LAN
  14. I Can Haz Wireless?
  15. Drop it like it’s Hotspot
  16. 2 Girls, 1 Router
  17. Wi believe I can Fi
  18. Everyday I’m buffering
  19. I come from a LAN down under
  20. A Linksys to the Past
  21. Girls Gone Wireless
  22. Wifi Art Thou Romeo
  23. Russian Hackers
  24. Panic at the Cisco
  25. For Whom the Belk