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SBG6580: Changing the Wireless Network Name (SSID)

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How do I change the name of my wireless network in the SBG6580?
Answer

The SSID (Service Set Identification) is the name given to the wireless network of the SBG6580.  It is used to uniquely identify the wireless network.  When attempting to establish a wireless connection through the wireless settings of a client (e.g. laptop, tablet, smartphone), a list will normally appear with the SSIDs of the wireless networks in the nearby area to connect to.  When there are multiple wireless networks in the nearby area (such as a wireless network of a neighbor or coffee shop), it may be difficult to know which wireless network to connect to without knowing the SSID of the SBG6580. 

The default SSID of the SBG6580 is listed on a sticker on the bottom of the device.  If desired, the SSID of the SBG6580 can be changed to a new SSID of choice.  This document describes how to change the SSID of the SBG6580 wireless primary network.

NOTE: It is recommended to change the SSID from a computer that is connected to the SBG6580 with an Ethernet cable.

CAUTION: When changing the SSID of the wireless network, this will cause all of the wireless devices on the network to loose connection. The wireless devices will then need to be reconnected to the network.


To Change the SSID

  1. Launch a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari. Enter http://192.168.0.1 into the address box.

    NOTE: By default the LAN IP address is 192.168.0.1. If the default address has been changed, enter the custom address in the address box.
     
  2. Enter admin in the Username field.
  3. Enter motorola in the Password field.
  4. Click the Login button.  The Status page appears.
  5. Click the Wireless link on top of the screen.
  6. Click the Primary Network button on the left-hand menu.  The Primary Network page appears.
  7. On the 802.11 Primary Network page:
    a.  Locate the Network Name (SSID).

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    b.  For Network Name (SSID), delete the current name, and enter the desired name for the wireless network.  In the example below, the name has been changed to wireless.
    c.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click the Apply button.

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Now that the name of the wireless network has changed, that name will need to be located in the list of available networks of the wireless client (e.g. laptop, smartphone, tablet).  In most cases, the Wi-Fi Security Key (also referred to as the wireless password) will also need to be re-entered into the wireless client. 

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