How to see who is connected to my WiFi network

Let’s try to clarify and understand how to see who is connected to my WiFi network , how to block it and how to protect yourself from dangerous intruders.

There are programs to see if someone is connected to the wireless network, although the best way is to go and check the router interface. Let’s see both solutions.

Index

  • How to see who is connected to WiFi from the router
  • Find hostname and MAC address on Windows 10
  • Find hostname and MAC address on macOS
  • Find hostname and MAC address on Android
  • Find hostname and MAC address on iOS
  • Best programs to see who is connected to the WiFi network
    • Wireless Network Watcher
    • Fing Desktop
    • SoftPerfect Wifi Guard
    • GlassWire
  • Conclusions

How to see who is connected to WiFi from the router

First of all you need to look at the instruction booklet for the address of your modem / router (e.g. 192.168.1.1, for Fastweb the address is 192.168.1.254 ) or go to the command prompt , type the command: ipconfig and between results check the presence of the entry Default gateway to retrieve the IP address of the router .

Open the Web browser of your PC and in the address bar type http: // ip address (eg http://192.168.1.1). Press Enter and immediately enter the User and Password to log into the router. In case you have difficulty, you can read our guide on How to find WiFi passwords .

Once you log into the router’s control panel tries to section Devices and then the card devices connected or devices online . In case you have difficulty finding them, I suggest you check the user guide of the router or contact the Provider.

Check the host names (identification name of a device within a network) and MAC addresses (12-digit code that identifies network card) by going into the connection details. To understand if they are yours you will have to detect them in the various devices you are using to connect. Here’s how to do it.

Find hostname and MAC address on Windows 10

For those who own Windows 10 , Microsoft’s operating system, finding host name and MAC address is quite simple. Go to Start and type in the search bar: cmd. Among the achievements, awards on Command Prompt. As soon as the black screen appears, type the command ipconfig / all to view the network interfaces installed in the PC.

You will get a series of information, including the words Host Name and Physical Address (this is the MAC address) to write down.

If you are not confident in using the Command Prompt, you can still find this information in Windows settings.

  • To find the Host Name, you need to go to Start> Settings (gear icon)> System and select, in the left bar, the item Information . In the central screen in the Device Specifications section, the Host Name is clearly visible with the wording Device Name .
  • To find the MAC Address, go to Start> Settings (gear icon)>Network and Internet and select in the Advanced Network Settings section under Status , Change adapter options . Right-click on the icon of the active Wi-Fi or Ethernet network connection and in the menu that appears, click on Status and then on Details . In the Network Connection Details list , you will see Physical Address .

Find hostname and MAC address on macOS

On an Apple computer , you can find the host name by going to System Preferences (reachable in the Bitten Apple menu) and clicking Sharing . In the screen that appears, write down the name of the PC, located next to Computer Name .

For the Mac address, always go to System Preferences , click on Network and in the left sidebar, choose the type of network (between Wi-Fi or Ethernet) where the computer is connected. Press the Advanced button and then immediately select the Hardware tab . Here you will find the MAC address .

Find hostname and MAC address on Android

For mobile devices Android , smartphones and tablets, you can find the hostname by going to Settings> About phone , here you will find, next to the button Change the name of the device . I state that the route changes depending on the Android version and the mobile device.

For the MAC address, instead you have to go to Settings> About phone> Status . Here you will find the Wi-Fi MAC address .

Find hostname and MAC address on iOS

Even on iPhones and iPads , the process is remarkably simple. Go to Settings> General> Info , and in the screen that appears, take note of the items Name , for the host name, and Wi-Fi Address for the MAC Address.

Best programs to see who is connected to the WiFi network

If you have difficulty getting your hands on the devices mentioned above, the ideal solution is to install one of these programs that will help you to remove any doubts and check if someone is connected to your WiFi network.

Wireless Network Watcher

Wireless Network Watcher is a utility capable of scanning the wireless network to display the list of all devices connected to the network. For each detected device provides the following information: address IP , address MAC , device name , company that manufactured the network card. It is also possible to export the data provided in Excel .

Fing Desktop

Fing Desktop is a free tool widely used by network administrators as it allows you to analyze TCP networks and services using its components. Through its network analysis you will be able to obtain data of any kind, such as IP or MAC addresses or those relating to ISP service providers .

SoftPerfect Wifi Guard

SoftPerfect WiFi Guard for those managing a small wireless network is the ideal software. It alerts you if your network is being used without your knowledge . It is a realspecialized network scanner that crosses the network immediately signaling the connected devices that are not recognized and that could belong to a possible intruder.

GlassWire

GlassWire protects your PC from threats by constantly monitoring your network. It informs you about suspicious hosts , attacks or changes, new network connections from unknown programs and much more. The firewall it provides is capable of delivering information about suspicious programs, privacy violations, and bandwidth wastes.

Conclusions

Needless to say, despite the security, anyone who knows how to use a program to decrypt passwords can sneak in by illegally connecting to the network. Decrypting a well-studied WPA key is not at all easy: the operation would take many days if not weeks, I don’t know to what extent someone ‘capable’ would be interested in doing it.

For the computer savvy who wants to see who is connected to the WiFi network , you can always take advantage of the good old Command Prompt. By typing the command ” netstat -an “, you will be able to view all the connections established and identify the presence of foreign addresses.

 

by Abdullah Sam
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