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Change the Name of a Non-Fiber Device

This article applies to customers who have a Fiber Network Box as their router. If you have Google Wifi instead of a Network Box, you can use the Google Wifi app to manage your account.

Fiber displays the name of each non-Fiber device, such as a computer, tablet, phone, or game console, that connects to your network. If a device supplies a name when it connects, Fiber uses that name, but you can change the name of a non-Fiber device at any time.

To change the name of a non-Fiber device:

  1. If the device has never connected to the Fiber network, turn it on and connect it.

    The device does not have to be connected at the time you change its name, but it must have been connected at least once to be displayed in the navigation pane.
  2. Sign in to Fiber using the email and password you use for your Fiber account.
  3. Select Network at the top-left corner. (If you don’t see it, click the navigation menu to display the selection.)
  4. In the navigation pane, select the non-Fiber device whose name you want to change.

     If your screen does not look like the one below, you have an alternate version of this page. Refer to this overview of your network setting options.

  5. Enter a new name in the Name field; then click Apply.

    The name you assign is used by Fiber only. It does not affect the name of the device in any other context.

Although you can assign the same name to more than one device, it's easier to assign each device a unique name. If you've assigned the same name to two devices, disconnect one of them. The one that's dimmed in the navigation pane is disconnected.

If you have a device that you sometimes connect wirelessly and sometimes use an Ethernet cable, the Network tab displays it as two separate devices. The top section of the navigation pane displays it as a wired device, and the Wi-Fi Devices section displays it as a wireless device. You can connect the device only one way at a time but because the Network tab displays devices indefinitely after they connect, the device can appear in both sections simultaneously. You can name each instance separately.

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