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How to determine who is connected to your wireless network

Have you ever encountered a situation where you needed to quickly discover what devices were connected to your wireless network? I recently had a meeting in the neighborhood and many of the children asked me to connect their phones to my WiFi network. Unfortunately, I did not enable the guest network on time and, therefore, I had to give them the credentials of my main network.

Some time later, I realized that one or two of the children were standing near my house playing on their phones. At first, I didn't think anything about it, but then I realized that they were probably using my WiFi to surf the Internet and probably couldn't do at home.

In this article, I will show you the different ways in which you can see the devices connected to your network. In addition, you should probably spend some time learning to set up a wireless guest network, if you don't have one yet.

Log in to the router

The best way, but not necessarily the easiest, is to verify your wireless router. It is the device that probably distributes all IP addresses in your network, so you will have the definitive list of connected devices, either wired or wireless.

First, you must determine the IP address of your wireless router. Most routers have a default IP address of 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1. Once you have that information, log in to the router and start browsing the different tabs. If you don't remember the username and password of the router, it is probably a good time to reset the router, log in to the router with the default credentials, and reconfigure it.

Depending on your router, information about connected devices may appear in many different headers. For example, on my Verizon router, there is a section called My Network that shows all connected devices.

On my Netgear router, the list is in a call menu option Connected devices .

For Linksys, you must click on a button called DHCP Clients table . For xfinity routers, it is in the section Connected devices . For D-Link routers, go to Wireless and then click on State . For TP-Link routers, click DHCP and then in the DHCP client list . Obviously, there are too many to mention here, but the list is somewhere in that interface. Just keep clicking until you find it.