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SBG6782: Changing the Wireless Network Name (SSID)

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How do I change the name of my wireless network in the SBG6782?

The SSID (Service Set Identification) is the name given to the wireless network of the SBG6782.  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 SBG6782. 

The default SSID of the SBG6782 is listed on a sticker on the bottom of the device.  If desired, the SSID of the SBG6782 can be changed to a new SSID of choice.  This document describes how to change the 2.4 GHz and.or 5 GHz SSID of the SBG6782 wireless primary network.

NOTE: It is recommended to change the SSID from a computer that is connected to the SBG6782 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. Obtain the Username and Password on the black label on the side of the SBG6782.  They will be used for accessing the GUI.
  2. Launch a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari.  Enter into the address box.

    NOTE: By default the LAN IP address is  If the default address has been changed, enter the custom address in the address box.
  3. Enter the username and password in the appropriate fields, and click the Login button.  The Status page appears.

  4. Click the Wireless link on the top menu.  The Wireless 802.11 Radio page appears.
  5. On the Wireless 802.11 Radio page:
    a.  Wireless Interfaces - Choose the desired frequency to modify (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz).

    NOTE 1: Choosing the Wireless Interface only determines which frequency settings are desired to be modified.  The 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies are already enabled simultaneously by default.

    NOTE 2: The 2.4 GHz frequency supports 802.11 b/g/n wireless clients, while the 5.0 GHz frequency supports 802.11n wireless clients only.  802.11n devices will generally perform better in the 5GHz range.

    NOTE 3: In this example, the 2.4 GHz frequency has been selected to modify.

    b.   Click the Apply button.

  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.  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.
    b.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click the Apply button.


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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