Find out who is connected to your WiFi (Windows | Mac | Android | iOS

The lights on your router are blinking, but no one is using it. Or you don’t get internet speed; you paid. Most likely, your neighbor is using your WiFi without your knowledge. Or let’s say, for any other reason, you want to see what devices are connected to my network.

Read also: What to do if you forget your WiFi password

Fortunately, it is quite easy to find out who is connected to your WiFi network. All you have to do is install a small application on your device, and it will give you the list of IP and MAC addresses of all the devices connected to your network.

So, here are some of the best apps and methods to find out who is connected to your WiFi network.

1. See who is using your WiFi in Windows

There are several Windows programs that show you the list of devices connected to your network. The one I suggest is Wireless Network Watcher from Nirsoft. Like all other Nirsoft applications, this one too weighs a few KB and can be run directly from the .exe file. No installation required.

To get started, download Wireless Network Watcher from the official Nirsoft website (scroll to the bottom of the page for the download link). Then open the zip file and run the .exe on it. If you see a warning from your AntiVirus, ignore it. The application is safe.

Wireless Network Watcher

The application will display all connected devices, along with their IP and MAC address. It also shows the name of the device manufacturer, such as Motorola, Apple, etc., which will help you better identify the devices, as remembering the MAC address is not convenient.

You can also configure a sound notification. So when a new device connects to your WiFi, you hear a beep. To do that, go to options > beep when a new device Are you connected.

Wireless Network Watcher

I also tried other popular alternatives like the IP Advance scanner and GlassWire, and both in their free version are similar to Wireless Network Watcher. So don’t bother trying them. And if you are looking for the advanced option, try Angry IP Scanner or Wireshark, but they need good technical knowledge.

2. See who is using your WiFi on macOS

There is no Mac version of Wireless Network Watcher. And other popular options, which are free on Windows (like SoftPerfect WiFi Guard) are paid for on Mac ($ 9). But luckily, there is an app.

Who is on my wifi is a free utility for MacOS, which does exactly what it says, that is, it shows the list of all the devices connected to your WiFi. The application is available on iTunes and weighs only 1MB.

When you open the app, it will automatically scan your network and give you the list of all connected devices. It also gives you a notification when a new device joins your WiFi.

But unlike the network watcher in Windows, it is not so good at getting the company name of the devices. So you will need to add your device names manually. This way, the next time you see a new device, you know it is not yours.

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3. See who is using your WiFi on Android / iOS

There are many applications for Android and iOS, which can indicate who is connected to your WiFi. But the best is Fing. It is a free application and is available for both Android and iOS.

Like all other applications, we have seen so far; Fing also shows you the list of all connected devices along with their IP and MAC address. But what sets it apart from the rest is its ability to identify the name of the device and the network card, the manufacturer.

For example, Wireless Network Watcher can only say the name of the company. So if you connect an iPad and a Macbook, you will see Apple written next to it. But Fing, on the other hand, also manages to extract the device name. So you can easily know which devices are yours and which are not. You can also create a free Fing account and keep track of all devices on various WiFi networks.

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However, one thing that is missing from Fing is that it doesn’t give you a notification when a new device joins or leaves the network. But fortunately there is an application on Android: Wifi clock, which can do that. You can enable this notification option from settings.

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4. Router

Using the router to view the list of connected devices has both advantages and disadvantages. The good thing is that you do not have to install any application. But the bad part is that not all users have access to the router and even if they do, it still takes a few extra clicks and the whole process is not very convenient on the mobile device.

if you have dynamic DNS configuration on your router, you don’t even have to be connected to that network to see who is connected to your WiFi. This means that you monitor your home network from your office.

To find out who is connected to your WiFi using your router; Simply log into your router’s control panel by typing the router’s IP address into the browser, then enter the router’s username and password. If you don’t know what they are, ask the person who configured the router. Usually it is admin and admin or admin or password. You can also use this router’s default password database.

You will then see a ‘web interface’ of the router. Now since all routers are made by different manufacturers, your router interface may look different than mine. But the core is always the same. So look for options that say: DHCP client list, Attached devices, Connected wireless devices, etc.

Usually it is in the wireless settings. And there, you will see the list of all the devices along with their IP and MAC address.

If you’re not sure where to find them, do a quick Google search of your router’s manual and use CMD + F or CTRL + F to find what you need. I do this all the time.

Login to your router to see the list of DHCP clients

What to do if someone is stealing your WiFi?

Although they teach us that sharing is caring, it is not true when it comes to safety. Anyone connected to your local network will have access to the shared files on the network and will also be able to view your browsing activity. Not forgetting that they are also taking advantage of their precious bandwidth.

So here are a couple of things you can do if someone uses your WiFi without your permission.

# 1 Change the Wifi password or enable MAC filtering. Both options are present in all routers.

# 2 On some routers you can decrease WiFi power so that the signal does not go outside the parameters of your home.

# 3 Kick unauthorized people out of your network. You can do it using WiFiKill the app on Android [Root] or another way to do that, is replicating your IP address, or by use software to disconnect people from their current WiFi net.

Related: 5 Ways To Kick People Off Your WiFi Network

# 4 If you’re good with the technicalities, you can also find their location (to within a few meters) using a network analytics app and then confront them personally. However, this time you may need a bodyguard or two. You never know who you meet.

However, this is not a complete test method, because it is quite easy to spoof Mac address and if some hacker is stealing your Wi-Fi, they have probably spoofed your Mac address. So I suggest you check your Mac address to see if it changes all the time or if it remains constant. If it changes, they are probably using the software. At this time, it is better to increase the security of your router by using a complex WiFi password with WPA2 encryption.

Related: 10 Steps to Protect Your Wi-Fi Network From Hackers

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So these were some simple ways to find out who is connected to your WiFi network. If you suspect someone is stealing your internet, the best time to run the scan will be when you have low internet speed or are facing any other network problem.

Also, it is usually difficult to identify devices by looking at their IP and MAC addresses. One way to fix this is, just turn off Wi-Fi on each of your devices one by one to find out which is what. And for the future, I I suggest you type the last two digits of your mac address so you know which is what.

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