Windows 10 automatically assigns a default name for network adapters based on their type (Wi-Fi or Ethernet), but you can always change their names manually to something more specific.
Usually, you don’t need to worry about renaming adapters, but if you have multiple network cards, you may want to change their names to make them easier to identify and manage.
This guide will teach you how to rename the Windows 10 network adapter from Control Panel and PowerShell.
Change network adapter name on Windows 10
To rename a network adapter from Control Panel on Windows 10, use these steps:
Open Start on Windows 10.
Search for Control Panel and click the top result to open the app.
Click on Network and Internet.
Click on Network and Sharing Center.
Click on Change adapter settings from the left navigation pane.
Right-click the Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter and select the Rename option.
Specify a new name – for example, Ethernet 10Gb or Wi-Fi6E Card.
Once you complete the steps, the network adapter will apply the new name on Windows 10.
Change network adapter name from PowerShell
To change the network adapter name from PowerShell on Windows 10, use these steps:
Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
Type the following command to view all the network adapters on your computer and press Enter:
Get-NetAdapter | Format-List -Property Name
Type the following command to rename the Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter and press Enter:
Rename-NetAdapter -Name "OLD-NAME" -NewName "NAME-NAME"
In the command, change OLD-NAME for the current adapter’s name and NEW-NAME for the new name you want to assign. This example changes the name from Ethernet0 to Ethernet 10Gb:
Rename-NetAdapter -Name "Ethernet0" -NewName "Ethernet 10Gb"
After you complete the steps, the PowerShell command will change the name of the wired or wireless network adapter you specified.