Wi-Fi security is important for the overall Internet security. In the name of Wi-Fi network security, people usually take the support of a Wi-Fi password. But sometimes, the password might not suffice the security purposes, and you need to do more in order to maintain your wireless network security. This article explains how you can check out who else is connected to your network.
How often do you feel that your Wi-Fi connection is not as fast as it supposed to be? The videos, websites browsing or data transferring is not getting processed in the desired speed. If that is happening then there are chances that someone is stealing your network and causing it to become slow. However, not necessarily, it has to be an incident of theft. Even when, too many devices get connected to one single network, then also the connection gets very slow. To know the real cause, you must monitor your Wi-Fi network and see who else is sharing the same connection. That is also important from the network security perspective.
This tutorial is for Windows PC. With the aid of a free Windows app, called Who IS On My WiFi, you can check out the other users sharing the same connection with you. Thus, you can switch to a new network and enjoy good speed and also keep your wireless network security intact.
First go to the Windows App store and type Who Is On My WiFi or WIOMW on the search to get landed on the app
Select the first option from the search result and download and install the app
Once, the app gets installed in your PC, launch it
Follow the tutorial steps guided by the wizard of the app
That will initiate the network scan
If you are using the app for the first time, then its good if you dont mess with the settings and let the scan occur. However, there are provisions through which you can configure the port range.
After completion of the scan, a list of IP addresses will appear
Each IP address will identify a Mac address and last IP address
Now you can start identifying other IP addresses or devices connected to your network
If you get a long list, then turn on one Wi-Fi device at a time.
Now start labeling the IP addresses in a way that you can easily identify them like My PC, Mom Phone, etc.
To label, click the Description box and then type a name
Then click Save
If you find some unknown device connected to your connection, you can block the device by clicking the Block checkbox
Having seen an unknown device connected to your network also raises the questions that how someone got through your Wi-Fi password. Thus change your wireless password immediately.
If you use a personal wireless router, then log in using your credentials that you used while setting the router and then change the password of your connection
If you are using router/modem combo from your ISP, then you need to find the default login for your modem using the make and model of your modem. If you still cannot log in, then you need to contact your ISP and seek their help in resetting the password.
Setting alert towards security of your Wi-Fi network is very important. That will help you in keeping your wireless network protected from unauthorized users, who can misuse your wireless networks to damage your computers and steal information. Thus, if you are using routers, use a firewall. Moreover, make use of apps like Who Is On My WiFi or WIOMW to monitor your connection periodically.
About the Author: Polly Quinton is an ardent technician associated with Qresolve computer security with wide experience of fixing issues with PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. With a strong track record of devising effective ways of internet security and system security, she has so far helped thousands of users across the globe. Her writings on tech issues are the reflection of her in-depth interest and command she carries as a pc security support technician. Her blogs and articles have been rated high for their lucid style and easy to understand language.