WiFi Now in most homes, users use WiFi for their laptops, tablets, smartphones, and gaming console Internet connections. Internet connection via WiFi is more convenient, but it is also very easy to steal. Firewalls at companies have more security systems, but WiFi is less secure in homes.
When an unauthorized person steals your WiFi, there may be some things, such as excessive Internet bills, mysterious slow down of Internet connection, theft of your personal data or use of WiFi for any criminal activity. There is also a possibility. This is especially because of a weak password.
This is why it is best to secure your WiFi connection, because “Prevention is better than cure”.
Detecting Unwanted WiFi Connections:
When any device connects to a WiFi router, it needs a MAC address and IP address to send and receive data.
Follow these steps to check the device details associated with your WiFi –
Find Out If Someone Is Stealing Your WiFi
Type the router IP address in the browser (by default the router’s IP address is 192.168.1.1)
Enter your router’s username and password. (Most routers have default username admin and password admin/password)
Here under DHCP Settings, find the list of DHCP clients.
In the DHCP client list, you will find MAC and IP addresses of all devices connected to this WiFi.
(Here only the MAC addresses of those devices which are connected to DHCP will be visible.
If Kai connects to his static address then it will not be shown in this list.
Or you can see all connected wireless devices in Wireless Statistics in the Wireless Settings.
Write this list down.
Now you have to find the MAC address and IP of all the devices connected to your WiFi.
A media access control address (MAC address) is a unique number assigned to the network adapter in the world. MAC addresses are 12-digit hexadecimal numbers that look like 18: A0: C9: 14: C9: BC.
There are many ways to find out the MAC address of your PC. Here is one Type Start – Run – cmd and Enter.
then type ipconfig / all in the command prompt and enter.
In Physical Address you will find the MAC address of your PC’s network adapter.
Here you will also get IP address.
In Android Device-
Go to Settings.
Scroll down and go to About Device and Status.
Then scroll down and you will get IP address and WiFi MAC address.
Now if you merge the IP and MAC addresses of the devices connected to WiFi with the list of WiFi routers, then you will get any external device connected.
Unfortunately, if you detect Internet theft, change your encryption password immediately. Reset your router for more security, which will make your default password, encryption and SSID new.
If you want to enjoy the full speed of your internet, then you should know how many devices are connected to your WiFi network. Read the previous post to know.
Free WiFi Scanner Software:
If you want an easy solution then without taking this long process, use some free programs to get the list of devices connected to WiFi –
i) Wireless Network Watcher:
Wireless Network Watcher is a small utility that scans your wireless network and displays a list of all computers and devices that are currently connected to your network. This utility works on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003/2008, Windows Vista and Windows 7. You can also use it to scan a small wired network.
It is an open-source network analysis tool, which captures packets in real-time and shows them in such formats easily.
You can download Wireshark from the official website.
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