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Is Someone Stealing My WiFi?

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals, Security Help
 
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A reader asked if there was a way to see what devices or users were using their router. If you have a secure router with a strong password, it will likely only be people that you have given permission to use your network. But here’s how to check.

You could shut down all of the wireless devices in your home and then watch your router to see if you see the lights moving at all. That indicates a connection. That’s not foolproof though, you might accidentally leave something on. Plus, with so many things connected to WiFi these days, that’s a lot of stuff to shut down.

Let’s do it by using the command prompt. Type CMD in your search box and click on the result.

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Type ipconfig after the prompt and hit enter.

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Look for the Default Gateway IP address.  I’ve blurred mine for security reasons. But it will be eight numbers listed in this fashion  123.456.7.8  – everyone’s numbers will be different.

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Open up a browser and type those numbers ( including the periods) into the address bar and hit enter. You can use Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Edge or any other browser you prefer.

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You’ll then need to log into your network with your password. This isn’t your network password. This will be the default password for the router. If you haven’t changed the default password to your own strong password, you’ll need to look in the documentation that came with the router.

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Depending on the router, the section you want may be called connected devices or attached devices.

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Compare that list to the devices you know are connected to your network. If you see devices you don’t recognize, change your password.

~ Cynthia


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One Response to “Is Someone Stealing My WiFi?”

  1. Markj says:

    Another way if you have a tablet I found 2 apps that are great. “WiFi Inspector” will look and show you all devices and let you rename them in its list so you can know which one is your Roku or smart TV etc. and it remembers the devices next time you use it. The other app is “WiFi Analyzer” which will show you all wi-fi signals, their strengths and channel. I use them on an Android tablet but I suspect there are Apple versions of them. They should work on a phone as well.

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