Queens name ships. Moguls name business empires. Millennials name routers.
The moniker you choose for your wifi network is a chance to impress your house guests with your impeccable wit, a safeguard to protect against would-be internet thieves, and an opportunity to troll your neighbors. There are the classics like “Abraham Linksys,” “Wi Believe I Can Fi,” and “No more mister WIFI.” There are the ones meant to bewilder, such as “FBI Surveillance Unit #7” and “I’m under the bed.” And what child of the nineties hasn’t had a dalliance with “Pretty Fly For a Wifi”?
However, when working from a coffeeshop last weekend, I spotted a brilliant network name I’d never seen before: “LAN Before Time.”
In addition to the nostalgic reference to a dinosaur movie from the 1980s, many people pointed out a recent addition to the list of classic network names: “hide yo kids, hide yo wifi.”
Readers then began chipping in with some of their own favorites:
… as well as a Game of Thrones reference:
I realized I needed to up my wifi game, so I set out on a search for the best wifi network names on the internet. Reddit has an amazing selection of network names spread over a post here and another here, and Twitter also provided the goods, as it always does.
Here are some of my favorites:
… a series of Wu Tang Clan ones:
… and some Star Wars references:
And—my personal favorite—the password easter egg:
Have some good named I’ve missed? Thread them here on Twitter and I’ll add the best ones to the list.