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.
Depending on your router, the amount of information you get varies greatly. Above all, you need the IP address and host name. Having a lot of IP addresses and MAC addresses really isn't that useful. If you don't see host names, try using a network scanner, what to talk about next.
The next option is to scan your network and, hopefully, get information that way. I already wrote a post about how to scan your network, so be sure to read that first. In that article, write about the SoftPerfect network scanner, which is pretty good.
Another really good one that I use more frequently now is the Advanced IP Scanner. It's free, easy to use and you don't even have to install it if you don't want to. It also provides you with a lot of detailed information about each device, which makes it much easier to find out if the device is valid or not.
Once you install the program, just click it and click on the button Scan . By default, you should automatically determine your network range, but if not, you can type it manually. Take a few minutes to scan and see the output as shown above.
Any device that has a web interface will have a small arrow that you can click on the far left under the Status column. This means that you can go to the web browser and enter the IP address.
It will also automatically show you any network share on the local LAN. This is a great way to make sure you don't share the accident, which should be private. The first time I ran this, I didn't realize that a couple of my Windows 10 PCs automatically share Documents, Music and several other folders.
You can also change the name of the devices, save the list and use it as a baseline for future analysis. If you see new devices that you have not named, you can verify that they are valid. Those are two simple ways to verify which devices are connected to your router. The hardest part is checking each of them, searching for the device and making sure it is supposed to be connected. If you have any questions, post a comment. Enjoy!