Have you been noticing that your Internet data is draining a bit faster than before? If yes, then there are chances that your Wi-Fi network is being stolen by other user(s). You might be thinking who is stealing your network and using it for their personal use? Maybe it is your neighbor who once came to your house for a get together where you might have provided him the credentials. The personal wireless network has a facility for guest users, but sometimes we forget it and give the Wi-Fi password.
Later, the same person near your home uses the wireless network with the same login credentials. This could be frustrating to find out the connected users to the wireless network without knowledge of the procedure. But there is a way to find out the connected users to your wireless network. The steps are bit lengthy, but if you follow them thoroughly, you will find out all the users connected to your router network.
How to check the connected users to your Wi-Fi network
Logging into your router with your credentials can help you find out the IP addresses connected to your network. But for that, first, you need to find your IP address.
- Press Windows Key and type cmd.
- Hit enter to open Command Prompt in your system.
- Now, type ipconfig /all and press Enter.
- The command prompt will display its result, but you need to find Default Gateway.
- Now, open your browser and click the address bar.
- Type the same address you found in cmd.
- Now, your router page will open. It might take some time to load.
- Enter your current Username and Password to sign in your router.
- For different router developers, the body can differ.
- Your router wizard will have a tab similar to Connected Device or Attached Device.
- Click the tab to open the list of all connected users.
- If you don’t want to allow then, you must change your password or else you can block the device as well.
- Click the Advanced tab and go to Security.
- Click Access Control and select Turn on Access Control.
- If you select Allow all new devices to connect, then a new device can access your network.
- If you select Block all new devices from connecting, then you need to enter its MAC address for the connection in the allowed list.
- You can view the blocked or allowed devices list by clicking-
- View list of allowed devices not currently connected to the network.
- View list of blocked devices not currently connected to the network.
- Click Apply to save your changed settings.
Determining the connected devices and users is not complicated but takes time. Still, the steps are effective enough to find out who is stealing your network. Not only finding them but keeping them away from using your network is a straightforward way to prevent unwanted access to your network.