Are you also feeling suspicious that someone else might be using your precious bandwidth? If you want to find out what devices are connected to your Wi-Fi, you’ve come to the right place. There are a number of ways to go about it and will show you 2 of them.
Using your Wireless Router
Open a browser. You can use a web browser to log in to the web interface for your wireless router. You can use the web interface to set up and configure your wireless network and check who is connected to your wireless router.
Type the IP address of your router in the address bar. This takes you to the web interface for your wireless router. The IP address for your wireless router is going to be different from one make and model to another. Consult the user’s manual or the manufacturer’s web page to find the specific IP address for your wireless router.
- Common router IP addresses include 192.168.1.1, and 10.0.0.1.
Enter your username and password. If you haven’t changed the username and password, input the default information. This can vary depending on the make and model of your router. Consult the user’s manual or manufacturer’s web page to find the default username and password for your router.
- Common usernames and passwords include “admin” and “password”.
Look for a list of devices. You can find a list of connected devices in the web interface for your router. This is going to be different depending on the make and model of your router. It may be under “Connected devices” or “Attached devices” or something similar. This will show the device name and MAC address for each device connected.
- If you notice any devices that don’t belong, be sure to change your Wi-Fi password. Be sure to use WPA2-PSK encryption if it is available. This will force all connected devices to re-enter the new password to reconnect.
Using Command Prompt
Open your Command Prompt. Type CMD in your search bar.
- On Mac, you can do this in the terminal. Click the magnifying glass icon in the upper-right corner and type terminal in the search bar and then click the terminal.
Type “arp -a” into the window.
Look at the IP addresses. The IP addresses that start with the same numbers your router’s IP address (i.e, 192.168) are connected to your router. This shows the IP address and MAC address of each connected device.
- Every device that connects to the internet has a unique MAC address. Generally, you can find the MAC address for a device in the Settings menu under the Network or Internet Settings, or the about device info.