AirPort Extreme: Names for 2.4GHz & 5GHz networks

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by varxx, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. varxx, Jan 9, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2013

    varxx macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2012
    I'm setting up an AirPort Extreme (5th gen.) for the first time. It's going well, but I'd like to give unique names to the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless networks that the AirPort Extreme broadcasts.

    The default -- and possibly only option? -- seems to be to have just one name for both. Maybe that's by design.

    Can anyone advise how to do this? Most router setup routines let you choose different names to use on the two bands.

    I've done the initial setup using a Windows machine and the AirPort Utility for Windows. I can redo the setup with a Mac, though.

  2. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
  3. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    I keep mine the same, but if you want to change it, open AirPort Utility and select 'Edit' on your AirPort. Then go to the 'Wireless' section and select 'Wireless Options...'. From there you can check the box to rename your 5 GHz network. This is with AirPort Utility 6.
  4. varxx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2012
    Thanks, skorpien and HazyCloud. I just hadn't looked hard enough.

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