Did you know that the reason for the drop in speed in a Wi-Fi network can be neighbors who have connected to your router and occupy the entire channel with their jumps? Moreover, it would be okay if they only downloaded it, but if they start breaking the law using your Internet channel? Claims, first of all, will be against you!
That is why, it is advisable to set a password for your Wi-Fi network and sometimes see who is connected to the Wi-Fi router (which devices, are they yours?). Let's consider in more detail how this is done (the article provides 2 ways) …
Method number 1 – through the settings of the router
STEP 1 – entering the router settings (determining the IP address to enter the settings)
To find out who is connected to the Wi-Fi network, you need to enter the router settings. There is a special page for this, however, it opens at different routers – at different addresses. How can I find this address?
1) Stickers and stickers on the device …
The easiest way is to take a close look at the router itself (or the documents for it). On the case of the device, there is usually a sticker on which the address for settings is indicated, and a login with a password for entering.
In fig. 1 shows an example of such a sticker, to access the settings with 'admin' rights, you need:
- login address: http://192.168.1.1;
- login (username): admin;
- password: xxxxx (in most cases, by default, the password is either not specified at all, or is the same as the login).
Figure: 1. Sticker on the router with settings.
2) Command line …
If you have the Internet on your computer (laptop), then you can find out the main gateway through which the network functions (and this is the IP address to enter the page with the router settings).
- first start the command line – a combination of buttons WIN + R, then you need to enter CMD and press ENTER.
- in the command line enter the command ipconfig / all and press ENTER;
- a large list should appear, in it find your adapter (through which the Internet connection goes) and look at the address of the main gateway (you must enter it in the address bar of your browser).
Figure: 2. Command line (Windows 8).
3) Special. utility
There are specials. utilities for finding and determining the IP address to enter the settings. One of these utilities is described in the second part of this article (but you can also use analogs, so that there is enough of this 'good' in the vastness of the network :)).
4) If you failed to enter …
If you didn't find the settings page, I recommend that you read the following articles:
https://pcpro100.info/kak-zayti-v-nastroyki-routera/ – enter the router settings;
https://pcpro100.info/kak-zayti-na-192-168-1-1-pochemu-ne-zahodit-osnovnyie-prichinyi/ – why doesn’t go to 192.168.1.1 (the most popular IP address for router settings) .
STEP 2 – see who is connected to the Wi-Fi network
Actually, if you entered the settings of the router, then viewing who is connected to it is a matter of technology! True, the interface in different models of routers may differ slightly, let's consider some of them.
Many other router models (and different firmware versions) will display similar settings. Therefore, looking at the examples below, you will find this tab in your router.
To find out who is connected, simply open the Wireless section, then the Wireless Statistics subsection. Next, you will see a window with the number of connected devices, their MAC addresses. If at the moment you are using the network alone, and you have 2-3 devices connected, it makes sense to be alert and change the password (instructions for changing the Wi-Fi password) …
Figure: 3. TP-Link
The menu in Rostelecom routers is usually in Russian and there are usually no problems with search. To view the devices on the network, simply expand the Device Information section, DHCP tab. In addition to the MAC address, here you will see the internal IP address in this network, the name of the computer (device) connected to Wi-Fi, and the time of work in the network (see Fig. 4).
Figure: 4. Router from Rostelecom.
A very popular router model, and often the menu is in English. First you need to open the Wireless section, then open the Status subsection (in principle, everything is logical).
Next, you should see a list with all connected devices to the router (as in Fig. 5).
Figure: 5. D-Link who joined
If you do not know the password for accessing the router settings (or you simply cannot enter them, or you cannot find the information you need in the settings), I recommend using the second method of viewing the connected devices to your Wi-Fi network …
Method number 2 – through the special. utility
This method has its advantages: you do not need to spend time looking for an IP address and entering the router settings, you do not need to install or configure anything, you do not need to know anything, everything happens quickly and automatically (you just need to run one small special utility – Wireless Network Watcher ).
Wireless Network Watcher
A small utility that does not require installation that will help you quickly determine who is connected to the Wi-Fi router, their MAC addresses and IP addresses. Works in all new versions Windows: 7, 8, 10. Of the minuses – there is no support for the Russian language.
After launching the utility, you will see a window as in Fig. 6. There will be several lines in front of you – pay attention to the 'Device information' column:
- your router – your router (also shown is its IP address, settings address, which we have been looking for for so long in the first part of the article);
- your computer – your computer (from the one from which you currently launched the utility).
Figure: 6. Wireless Network Watcher.
In general, an extremely convenient thing, especially if you have not yet understood the intricacies of the settings of your router too well. True, it is worth noting the disadvantages of this method of determining devices connected to a Wi-Fi network:
- the utility shows only online devices connected to the network (i.e. if your neighbor is now asleep and turned off the PC, it will not find and show that he is connected to your network. The utility can be minimized to the tray and it will blink for you, when someone new connects to the network);
- even if you see someone 'outsider', you will not be able to ban him or change the network password (for this you need to enter the settings of the router and restrict access from there).
This concludes the article, I will be grateful for additions on the topic of the article. Good Luck!