Has it ever happened to you that you get frustrated because of the constant lagging and interference in your internet even if you have an extender connected to your device?
Well, as far as I know from my experience, best WiFi extenders increase the range of your network, which is why other people easily get to know about your SSID.
I have faced a serious embarrassment in the name of this frustration because I had to work from home for some days while my wife’s friends were at my place. All were social freaks and had their own channels for live streaming.
I was facing a hard time working because every time my client or boss called, it cracked, blurred, and ended. I was furious because I thought it was my wife who gave the internet access to her friends for their fun.
Without thinking logically, I went down to her and started an argument that I lost because there was nothing that I was thinking.
After a lot of struggles and trying different methods I finally got to know that it was actually my neighbor who was trying to steal my internet because of the weak security strength. Let me tell you about the most effective ways that helped me reached out to the real troublemaker.
Ways To Check Who Is Connected To Your WiFi
I hope you don’t get into a fight with your wife on a petty yet serious issue. If you want to know how to check who is connected to my wifi, the following detailed ways will help you out. Each one of them is effective in its own manner.
You can try what you find the easiest, and it will surely lead you to the culprit connected to your WiFi without your permission.
Use GlassWire Firewall
Glass wire is a network monitoring firewall that allows you to monitor your internet activity, bandwidth activity, and protect your internet privacy through remote monitoring. With an easy to understand network graph, you can easily see the other devices connected to your internet server.
Not only that, the GlassWire firewall also detects and warns you about all the potential threats on your network for you to take early protective measure.
The graphs that you will see after launching the firewall will provide you with the bandwidth usage of each device connected with your network.
You will also see how much speed is taken by which device. Simply go to the settings panel and enable notification on security alert so that whenever a suspicious device tries to connect, you will know instantly.
just as the name suggests, the Wifi Inspector inspects and investigate your network’s activity and information by navigating you towards the unknown users connected with your wifi. This tool can provide you information about all your wired and wireless devices connected with your wifi device.
This tool carries detailed and relevant data about the name, IP addresses, and MAC addresses of all the devices that are using your wifi. It supports the latest Wi-Fi standards that are 802.11ac Wave 1 and Wave 2 technology. You can use it for both Windows and MAC operating systems.
Requirements for Installing WiFi Inspector
- A running Windows 7 and later or Mac OSX 10.10 (Yosemite) or 10.11 (El Capitan).
- Wi-Fi adapter either built-in or external
- Adobe Flash Player for running Speed Test
- For Windows, Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 or later
Router’s Web Interface
Although the previously discussed tools are easy to use, detecting the other devices connected to your wifi is best done with the web interface.
Your router’s web interface is the most effective gateway towards the information about why your internet is getting slower.
Go to the web browser that you generally use on your computer and enter your IP address. If you are not sure about the address, you can simply generate the local IP address of your network device by searching through the control panel. Enter this IP address in the search bar and press Enter.
Scan The List
Once you are done with it the web user interface will open and ask for your router’s name and password. Log into your router’s account and search for “DCHP clients”, “Connected Devices”, or “Attached Devices”.
Different routers have different configuration pages to scan and show the list of the connected devices. For example, in the NetGear routers, the list comes under the “Attached devices” on the sidebar while on Xfinity routers show the list under “Connected Devices.”
Understanding The List
You should know how to understand the devices that are connected to your router without you knowing. If you are getting confused with the hostnames, try to check the mac addresses of all the devices in the list to know which device is which.