Do you suspect someone has access to your network? If you want to know which devices are connected to your Wi-Fi, you're in the right place. There are several ways to test your network and this guide was written to introduce you to them.
First way through the router
1 - Open your browser. Using your browser you can access the router's graphical interface and check for any unwanted visitors to your network.
2 - Enter the IP address of your router. The IP addresses vary by manufacturer and router model. Check its user manual router or its manufacturer's website to find the right IP address.
- The most common IP address is 192.168.1.1
- To find the IP address of your router, open the command line by clicking the Windows menu at the bottom left and typing
cmd. In the window that appears, type
ipconfig / alland press enter. The IP address you are interested in here is the one that will appear to the right of the "Default Gateway".
3 - Enter your username and password. If you haven't changed it username and your router password, enter the default login information. Check the router's user manual or the manufacturer's website if you do not know the input.
4 - Select the list of connected devices. The location of this list within the router's graphical environment varies by manufacturer. It may be in the "Connected devices" or "Attached devices" option. This option will display the MAC address for each connected device on network you.
- If you notice devices that do not belong to you, change your Wi-Fi code immediately and make sure you are using WPA2-PSK encoding. This way all connected devices will have to re-enter the password to connect.
Second way is by using Command Prompt
1 - Open the command line. Click the Windows menu and type
2 - Type the command
arp - a inside the window that will appear.
3 - Check the IP addresses. The addresses that start with the same digits as your router's IP address are connected to the Wi-Fi network.
Third way with using Wireless Network Watcher
1 - Go to the following address: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html
2 - Scroll down and click on “Download Wireless Network Watcher with full install”.
3 - After downloading the program, follow the installation instructions.
4 - Open the Wireless Network Watcher. You can find it by typing
Wireless Network Watcher in the Windows menu.
5 - Tap on the “Play” icon. Located in the upper left corner of the program UI. After you tap Wireless Network Watcher it will detect the connected devices in your network.