What is your network called? Or: a religious wireless network war?

On: June 15, 2007
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Anne Helmond is Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture and Program Director of the MA New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. She is a member of the Digital Methods Initiative research collective where she focuses her research on the infrastructure of social media platforms and apps. Her research interests include digital methods, software studies, platform studies, app studies, infrastructure studies and web history.


Network NamesI recently worked at a friend’s house and I was trying to connect to their wireless networked called “GORGONZOLA.” I thought that was a pretty funny name until I noticed the names some neighbors had given their networks. One was called PAKISTAN and another was called Jesus Christus is Heer (Jesus Christus is Lord) which made me laugh out loud (OK it actually it made me LOL.) I had previously imagined a network names flame where one neighbor would name their network something provocative and another neighbor would respond to this with an even more provocative name. I wonder if this happened in this neighborhood (notice: pretty good protected neigborhood).

Bos and Lommer is a rather diverse neighborhood with a lot of muslims. “Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world and is the second most populous country with a Muslim majority.” (Wikipedia) Did this cause a christian neighbor to name his network “Jesus Christus is Heer?” Whether or not this was a provocation it made me wonder about naming networks.

Network Names

What is your network called? Mine is called deathstar. And no I’m not a Star Wars freak, I just like the name, but yes Star Wars is pretty decent :)

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7 Responses to “What is your network called? Or: a religious wireless network war?”
  • June 15, 2007 at 11:22 am

    Deathstar is a great name for a wireless network. (Though it reminds me how fragile the network is, all I have to do is target the main reactor, i.e. the AC adapter, and it’s gone!)

    Wow. one mention of star wars and my ability to make unfunny geek jokes skyrockets..

  • June 15, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    My network is called “UPC45680”.
    Dang that’s sexy…

  • June 15, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    mine is called vanderklink, my last name

  • June 16, 2007 at 9:23 am

    i traditionally call mine ‘kraankloot’, but have recently resigned to letting my cousin handle network matters. He names all network elements after Pratchett’s Discworld characters. The printer is called Vetinary :p

    i personally like the fact that I can push print here and 70 miles north of me Vetinary spits out paper. OpenVPN is amusing :p

  • June 16, 2007 at 10:48 am

    How about a wireless network dating service?
    Just name it

    CALL ME (insert phone number here)

  • June 17, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    hmm, just another thought

    how about wireless network advertising/spam? getting paid for naming your wirless network a certain brand…

    i think i’m gonna cash in on this!

  • June 17, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    Twan I thought about the “social” aspect as well, not necessarily dating, but I thought it would be funny to give a nice shout out to my neighbors.

    I’d name my network ADIDAS if they’d pay me. Definitely.

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