Your Wi-Fi connection suddenly slowed down and the downloads you started abruptly stopped. What happens? Has a mysterious curse hit your net? No, something even worse has probably happened. “By nose” I would say that someone has leaned on your wireless network without permission and is consuming most of the available bandwidth. But don't worry: we will track him down immediately and put him in a position to do no more damage. Thanks to the indications in this guide to be able to find out who connects to our Wi-Fi network without permission becomes a real breeze, really.
How do you say? Are you not a great expert in new technologies and fear that the indications I am about to give you are out of your reach? But no, you have absolutely no reason to be alarmed, really. Beyond appearances and contrary to "rumors", the means by which it is possible to find out who is connecting to our Wi-Fi network without permission can be used by everyone without particular problems, including by those who, a bit like you, he is not exactly considered a "geek".
Come on, take five minutes of free time and follow me. In no time at all we will be able to find out who is connecting to our Wi-Fi network without permission and implement all the necessary counter-moves. I am sure that in the end you will be ready to state that it was actually much simpler than you thought. Let it bet?
The fastest and most accurate method by which it is possible to find out who is connecting to our Wi-Fi network without permission is to consult the configuration panel of the modem / router and carefully analyze the list of active devices or, if the functionality is supported, of those that were. Do not be frightened by the "big words", the procedure to be carried out is much easier to do than to say.
To access the configuration panel of the modem / router so as to be able to analyze the list of devices that are connected to the reference Wi-Fi network or that in any case were connected to begin with, turn on the computer, start the Web browser that most you prefer and connected to the IP address of the modem / router by typing it in the address bar and then pressing the button Submit of the keyboard.
To find out the exact IP of the modem / router in your possession try to take a look on the back of the device or on the side, you should find a label with the address written on it. If not, you can try to take a look at the router user manual in the sales package of the same. Generally the modem / router's IP address is 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1. If the IP address of the modem / router is not indicated either on a label stuck on the device itself or on the user manual, do not worry, you can locate it directly from the computer. To find out how to do this, consult my guide on how to find router IP address and follow the instructions on the subject.
After having entered the IP address in the address bar of the web browser and after pressing the button Submit on the keyboard you should finally be able to access the modem / router management panel. If you are asked to enter a username and password, keep in mind that the combination to use is usually admin / admin o admin / password but sometimes you have to use other settings. If so, you can try to find the data necessary to log in to the device management panel by taking a further look at the label stuck on the device or at the modem / router user manual. In case you have difficulty in identifying the username and password of your modem / router you can consult my tutorial on how to see the modem password.
Once logged in, you must be good at identifying the section of the router panel that contains the list of all devices connected to the wireless network. It is usually found under the heading devices, Connected devices o Local network / DHCP but unfortunately each device has a menu structured in a different way and, therefore, I cannot be more precise in my indications.
If you really can't find the section of the management panel of your modem / router through which to view the connected devices or that have connected to the network in such a way as to be able to find out who is connecting to our Wi-Fi network without permission, you can connect to the '' dedicated support and assistance section of the official website of the device manufacturer. There you will find the "virtual" manuals of all the devices sold and you will be clearly shown how to access the section in question of the modem / router management panel. Below you will find a list of all the main modem / router manufacturers and the related link to the support and assistance internet page.
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As soon as you find the list of devices connected to your modem / router, analyze it carefully and try to understand if there is any that does not belong to you.
To make it easier for you, I tell you that if you have a PC Windows you can find the name of your computer by clicking on the icon representing a yellow folder on the taskbar, by right clicking on the item computer o What PC (the item may vary depending on the version of Windows in use) located in the left sidebar and selecting the item Property from the menu that appears. The computer name is what you find indicated next to the wording Computer Name:.
If you use a Poppy, you can find your computer name by going to System preference and clicking on the item sharing attached to the window that is shown to you on your desk. The name of the Mac within the network is what you find in the text field located at the top of the screen that opens.
As for smartphones and tablets Android you can easily trace the name of the device by accessing the device screen where all the applications are grouped, tap on Settings and then Device info. The name of the smartphone or tablet will be the one shown next to the wording Device name attached to the new screen that is shown to you.
If you own a iPhone, a iPad or a iPod Touch and you are interested in finding the name of your iDevice in the list of connected devices or that have connected to the modem / router, just access the home screen, press the Settings, tap on the item General and select Info from the menu that is proposed to you on the screen. The name of your iDevice is the one you find at the top, corresponding to the item Name.
If you are interested in knowing more details about the devices that have connected to your Wi-Fi network without permission (for example the time at which the connection was made, the IP address that was assigned to the device, etc.) you can give look at the modem / router activity log. You can generally access this section of the modem / router management panel by clicking on the item Logs or Registro atasità but even in this case, considering that each device has a menu structured in a different way, I cannot be too precise in providing you with these indications. As I advised you in the previous lines, if you experience difficulty in being able to find the aforementioned section of the modem / router management panel you can refer to the online support and assistance section of the website of the reference manufacturer.
In the unfortunate event that you detect intrusions in your network, to solve the problem you just need to immediately change the login password of the connection. If you don't know how to do it, read my guides on how to change WiFi passwords and how to configure a router: everything is explained there in detail!
Another way to find out who is connecting to our Wi-Fi network without permission is to use Zamzom wireless network tool. It is a very simple free program for Windows operating systems that allows you to find out which devices have connected to the wireless network without permission. It includes two scanning modes, one standard and one in-depth, through which you can have the list of all computers and devices connected to your wireless network. The list can also be saved for future use or more in-depth analysis. The software is also available in a paid version including some more advanced features.
To find out who connects to our Wi-Fi network without permission to begin with, click here in order to connect immediately to the Download page of the program and then click on the item Download Zamzom wireless network tool (free) Basic version to download the program to your PC. Once the download is complete, double-click on it to open the file you just downloaded (Zamzom Wireless basic setup.msi).
In the window that will now open on the desktop, click on the button Next three consecutive times. Then accept the conditions of use of the program by placing the check mark next to the item I Agree click her cousin Next, Then Si and then Close to finish the installation process and start the Zamzom wireless network tool.
Now wait a few moments for the program window to appear (if the software does not start automatically at the end of the installation, fix it immediately by double clicking on its icon that has been added to the desktop), to find out if anyone connected to your Wi-Fi network without permission, click the button Fast scan. At this point, a quick scan of the wireless network you are connected to will start and, within a few seconds, a list of users connected to it will be displayed. Then check that there are no unauthorized users connected to the Wi-Fi network besides you.
In the event that Zamzom wireless network tool has tracked down users connected without permission to your Wi-Fi network, you can check this by carrying out a more thorough scan of it. Then click on the button Deep Scan and wait for the program to complete the scan to check for the presence of "intruders" in the network.
As I told you, as well as allowing you to find out who is connecting to our Wi-Fi network without permission, this software also allows you to save a snapshot of the generated list. To do this, just click on the button Save located at the top of the window, type the name to assign to the image in the text field next to the item File name and click on the button Save.