How to See Who's Connected to Your Wi-Fi Network

Thursday, Feb 24, 2022 · 10 mins


How to See Who Is Connected to Your Wireless Network?

Understanding how to monitor who is on your Wi-Fi connection can help you spot intruders who are "trying to capitalise" on your network and using it for free. This unauthorised access can cause your network to slow down, but it also poses a security risk if the Wi-Fi thief is able to steal your personal information or infect your network with viruses.

As a result, you must ensure that every device linked to your network is one you can trust. Thankfully, there are free programmes available right now that will allow you to see everyone on your Wi-Fi network.

  • Use a network scanner

    Wireless Network Watcher (scroll down to the Zip download link below "Feedback"), a free, portable tool for Windows users, will display a list of every device currently connected to your network, allowing you to identify the ones that belong to you.

    To use Wireless Network Watcher, simply start the programme and it will begin scanning your network right away. This will take a minute or two—you'll know it's functioning if "Scanning..." appears in the bottom-left corner. That notice will go once it's completed, and you'll be given a complete list of connected devices.

  • Check your router settings

    Type your router's IP address into your browser's address bar to access its administration page. Look for an option that says "Attached Devices" or "Client List" when you get there. If you see any other unlabeled devices in the list after cross-referencing the unknown devices between the two, look around your house for any internet-connected equipment you might have overlooked. Remove any devices that you are unfamiliar with.

  • Secure your internet before sharing

    In the event that you need to grant someone access to your local network, there is a secure method for doing so. Simultaneously, if you're concerned about your WiFi being hacked, it's time to secure your network. This will prevent others from utilising your internet connection for nefarious purposes. It will also provide you with a sense of security.

Read more about cybersecurity and how to set up secure internet connections here.

Read tips and tricks to increase your wifi speed here

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