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How to change names on UniFi devices

Published onMay 2, 2024

Renaming your UniFi devices is a straightforward process but quite essential for maintaining an organized and easily manageable network.

In this guide, i'll run you through the steps on how to change the names of your UniFi devices using the UniFi Controller software.

Let's keep your network neatly organized and make sure that device identification is easy.

Table of Contents

Step 1: Access the UniFi Controller

First you need to access the UniFi Controller. Make sure that your UniFi Controller is up and running, and that you can connect to it via a web browser. Here’s how you can access it:

  1. Open your web browser: Enter the IP address or domain name associated with your UniFi Controller.
  2. Log in: Use your admin credentials to log into the UniFi Controller.

Step 2: Navigate to the devices page

If you are logged in, you will be directed to the main dashboard of the UniFi Controller. Next access the devices overview:

On the left side panel or in the main dashboard, click on “Devices” to view all connected UniFi devices.

Step 3: Select the device to rename

In the devices section, you'll see a list of all the devices currently managed by the UniFi Controller:

  1. Identify the device: Locate the device you want to rename. You can identify devices by their current name, model, IP address, or MAC address.
  2. Open device properties: Click on the device to open its properties panel. This is typically accessed by clicking on the device name or the settings (gear) icon for the device.

Step 4: Change the device name

With the device properties open, you can now change the device name:

  1. Find the name field: Look for the name field. It's usually at the top of the device properties panel or under a specific tab labeled “Config” or “Settings”.
  2. Edit the name: Click on the name field and enter the new name you wish to assign to the device. Think of a descriptive and concise name (like their location, function, or network role).
  3. Save the changes: Look for a “Save” or “Apply” button within the panel and click it to save the new device name.

Step 5: Verify the changes

Just double check if it is actually renamed:

  1. Check the devices list: Return to the devices section of the UniFi Controller. Verify that the device now appears with its new name.
  2. Review device functionality: You can also perform a quick check to make sure that the device is functioning correctly under its new name.

Step 6: Apply changes to the network (if needed)

Some changes might the UniFi Controller updates the configurations across the network:

  1. Provision the device: If asked, allow the UniFi Controller to provision the device to apply the new settings across the network.
  2. Monitor for stability: Keep an eye on the device for a short period to make sure that it remains stable and connected after the provisioning.

Final thoughts

Renaming your UniFi devices is an simple (but important) part of proper network management. This is especially useful as your network grows or changes. If you keep updating device names to reflect their roles, locations or configurations helps maintain clarity

If you are working with multiple networks that require the best possible performance and security consider a managed UniFi Controller like UniHosted. We provide managed UniFi Controllers to improve your network efficiency. Especially, if you are an MSP or IT-service business looking for reliable, secure and scalable UniFi network deployments, this is something for you.

Feel free to give us a spin! Additionally, I'm happy to walk you through personally. You can schedule a call with me (Founder of UniHosted) here.

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