May 9, 2018

Change of the Guard

Warning: Geek talk ahead.

It’s been about 3 years, it’s time for a change.  No, not that sort.  This is more technical.  About every 2-3 years I change the identity of my SSIDs and the passwords that go along with them. For WiFi access to my home network.  Since I have older equipment that runs on the 2.4 GHz band as well as the 802.11g frequency, I have a dual band router.  But both SSIDs are visible to the neighborhood as well as to anyone that might be passing by or visiting.  I can’t have something completely technical, but it has to be me as well, so about every 2-3 years I change the names.  I’ve gone through my Harry Potter phase (2.4 was Dumbledore and 5.0 was Hogwarts); most recently I did my Greek God phase, where the 2.4 band was Hephaestus (the God of fire & metalworking [there, my geeky/kinky fetish for metal]) and the 5.0 band was Ares (God of War).

Generally I leave the guest accounts alone.  I honestly think they’re good choices (2.4 is GuestOfUs & the 5.0 band is StrangeWomenLivinginPonds).  If you can figure out why the 5.0 band is named the way it is, well, I’ll be more than happy to offer you a coconut.

Of course when you do a change of this magnitude, there are going to be hiccups.  Especially when you don’t mention to the wife that you’re tweaking the home network.  About an hour after I had switched everything over, she tapped me on the shoulder and informed me that she had been unable to access the home WiFi for the last 45 minutes.  Oops.  When I told her what I had done, I got an eye roll and the offending bit of technology, since it’s my job to ‘fix’ things when they’re broken.  Or borked.  Once I put in the new info, changed the password and handed it back, all was well again.  Until this morning, when I had to change her tablet’s info.  Of course, this reminded me that I needed to change the house repeater, which was still set on the old network info, so the wrong SSIDs were being broadcast upstairs, essentially blacking out that part of the house.  A few other things that also communicate with the router need to be changed, but I’m getting to them as needed.  I’ve almost gotten the 5.0 SSIDs password memorized, since that’s the one I’ve been using most often.

At the very least, I won’t have to revisit this for another 2 years or so.  Not sure what I’m going to use at that time for identfiers.  Probably Avengers.  Fwiw, I do the same thing with my hard drive names.  At the present time, they’re all CS Lewis characters from the Narnian book series.  Told you I was a geek.  Yes, and a dork, thank you for reminding me, pet.