In IEEE 802.11 wireless local area networking standards, a service set is a group of wireless network devices which share a service set identifier —typically the natural language label that users see as a network name. SSID stands for Service Set IDentifier and is your network’s name. If you open the list of Wi-Fi networks on your laptop or your phone, you’ll see a list of SSIDs. Wireless router or access points broadcast SSIDs so nearby devices can find and display any available networks. Learn how they work and how to find yours below.
How can can we find an SSID
Most often people usually pose them selves this question; What happens if there are multiple Wi-Fi networks with the same SSID? And others also ask that what is the point of hiding your SSID? So i can say to this is quite a simple answer which is for security purposes that is securing your Network. Which is why in today's article, I will throw more light on how SSID Works.
How does SSID works?
SSIDs can be up to 32 characters in length, but there are no restrictions for minimum size. Typically, manufacturers create default SSIDs by combining a company's name with random numbers or letters. Depending on your router brand, the default SSID names could look something like this: TP-Link_015040, netgear37, Linksys00042, etc.
Changing Your SSID and Password from the default is usually a good idea. Similar default SSIDs can cause confusion. If you set a custom SSID, you can name your home “The Bat land”, “no access to the great Fortress”, or however you like. Don’t expose your personal details in the SSID, such as your home address or full name note that.
How do we fine and SSID?
Many routers have a sticker on the bottom or side with the default Wi-Fi SSID name. That won’t help if it’s been changed, however. Here’s how to find SSID on different operating systems (just don’t forget to turn on your Wi-Fi which is very necessary):
- Click on the Wi-Fi icon located on the bottom right corner and it will open a list of available networks (SSIDs).
- An SSID you are connected to is shown at the top of the window.
- Click on the Wi-Fi icon located on the upper right corner to open a list of available networks (SSIDs).
- The network you are connected to will have a blue Wi-Fi icon next to it.
- Go to Settings > Wi-Fi.
- An SSID you are connected to will be shown above Connected.
- Go to Settings > Wi-Fi.
- The network name (SSID) you are connected to will have a check mark next to it.
If you want to connect to your own wireless network but don’t know your SSID, the best option is to connect your router to the computer via ethernet cable and log into its web interface. We do not advise trying to guess — that’s the perfect way to fall for an evil twin attack.
If I should get back to our question above on the point of hiding your SSID, I hope in this article we can say you've arrived your final bus stop.
What’s the point of hiding your SSID?
You can also change the settings on your router and turn off your SSID broadcast so it can’t be seen publicly. However, it isn’t a significant cybersecurity measure. While nobody will be able to see your SSID if you hide it, the traffic from your network can still be tracked with the right tools. It won’t hide your IP either.
To connect a new device to your Wi-Fi after hiding the SSID, you’ll have to configure your wireless settings manually.
And if we should continue with the next question that is what will happen if it is the case that there are multiple Wi-Fi Networks With the same SSID?
What happens if there are multiple Wi-Fi networks with the same SSID?
As long as your device is connected to Wi-Fi, there’s no problem having multiple networks with the same SSID number within the vicinity. However, if your device disconnects and then tries to reconnect, this can cause some confusion, as it will pick the network with the strongest signal.
If those SSID names have unique passwords, your device won’t be able to connect and that’s the end of the story. But if there’s no password set, they can connect to a completely different network. This would allow criminals to monitor your internet traffic, steal your passwords, credit card details, and personal data which might be very fatal and dangerous.
Now lets go to the answer I gave above which is Securing your network.
We recommend changing your Wi-Fi password regularly as you can’t be sure if somebody is not using your data. Always use a strong password and keep the router’s firmware up to date.
You can also set up a VPN on your router and improve your digital security. With this, you are able hides your IP address and encrypts traffic, so nobody can monitor your activity without your knowledge. This secures you against hackers, as well as data-harvesting third parties.
When you install a VPN on your router, it protects all devices connected to the internet in your household. Of course, you can also install the app on every gadget individually and secure your traffic wherever you go.
Finally,You can usually change the SSID setup in the settings of your router or have equipment from the same service provider and vendor, it's easy to end up and I hope you find it easy in this article