Friday, 9 November 2018

Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)

The term ‘http’ is a common term used whenever one mentions a website address.

It is an innate part of the Internet. Although a common term, one does not generally know what HTTP stands for and what the use of HTTP is. This article will explain all about what is HTTP and its purpose in the following paragraphs.

What Does HTTP Stand for?

HTTP is the abbreviation for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. It is basically like the heart of the Internet. It helps with the communication between web browsers and web servers.

What is the Purpose of Hypertext Transfer Protocol?

HTTP has an important role in transmission of website data across the World Wide Web(WWW). It refers to the standard form of websites where one page refers the user to another page using clickable hyperlinks or links. It helps transfer information such as documents, file, image, video, etc. between computers using Internet. In simple words, it is the way servers and web browsers talk or communicate with each other.

Hypertext Transfer Protocol is a client-server protocol, wherein two machines communicate with the help of a reliable, connection-oriented transport service like a TCP. A HTTP server is executed by Microsoft IIS, Jigsaw, Zope, Apache HTTP server, etc.

It is a stateless protocol that can correspond to a single request-response sequence. The pure HTTP server implementation treats every request as if it is absolutely new. The HTTP pages will be stored on the user’s computer and Internet cache. This helps in loading the pages faster the next time you revisit the website.

What is the Difference Between HTTP and HTTPS?


Now-a-days, you will notice many genuine websites such as shopping websites, banking websites, or websites that require your personal information have https in their address. The extra ‘s’ in HTTP indicates the website is ‘secure’. HTTPS simply refers to hypertext transfer protocol secure.

It is a secure version of HTTP where an encrypted connection between the web browser and server is opened. Thus, data is sent in an encoded way so that it cannot be read by eavesdroppers on its way to its actual destination. In case of HTTP, the messages or data sent is in form of plain text. Thus, anyone who can observer your network by sharing your Wi-Fi or connecting to a computer between the user computer and server will be able to read the messages and data sent.

Therefore, if you use online shopping websites or need to put your credit card information for making online purchases or need to send important emails and instant messages, make sure you use a website with HTTPS.

Hypertext Transfer Protocol is one of the most basic formats that help web pages communicate with the web server from the user’s browser. It was designed way back in the year 1989 by Sir Tim Berners. HTTP is an Application Protocol that helps in transferring resources on the Internet using Port 80.



Wednesday, 29 August 2018

What is 5G All About?

You may hear about a new cellular communications standard every decade or so. Recently, the latest standard is causing a lot of buzz in the wireless industry. Yes, we are talking about 5G or the 5th generation standard for encoding and transmitting data over radio waves.

So, what is this 5G and what makes people so interested in it? We shall see what is 5G all about in this article and clear the air about this latest technology set to change the face of mobile communication and Internet.

Overview: The Generation of Wireless Technology

It all began with 1G. The G stands for generation of wireless technology. 1G was the first wireless technology that defined the data transmission speed. It was supposed to be an analog cellular technology and began in the 1980’s. Soon, each new generation has led to a breakthrough in encoding methods or ‘air interfaces’. This has made the new generation incompatible with the previous generation. 

After 1G came the 2G technology. It included the CDMA, GSM, and TDMA. These were the first generation digital cellular technology. 2G was followed by 3G technology that introduced the world to EVDO, HSPA, and UMTS. 3G brought the speed of from 200 kbps down to few megabits/sec. Thus, setting base for the next generation wireless technology that is, 4G/LTE. It allowed high speed data transfer (hundreds of megabits per second) as well as better network for mobile communication.

We are now at the verge of the launch of 5G technology. It is expected to revolutionize the world of mobile communications and Internet. 5G is supposed to transmit 1 gigabit per second or even more.

What are the Advantages of 5G?

5G will bring forth many advantages and changes. It will not just improve the speed, capacity, and latency of network, but also help mobile operators to develop multiple virtual networks in a single physical network, that is, 5G network.

With this feature, mobile network connections will be able to support specific uses or Internet of Thing (IoT). For example, you can connect to a particular home appliance such as your home air conditioner or refrigerator wirelessly or even function self-driving without any glitches.

It will take several years before the 5G and services connection becomes a reality. However, it will help in generation and invention of new appliances as well new technologies for home, businesses, as well as industries and factories.

How Does 5G Work?

5G will require high-power and larger cell towers as compared to 4G. This is required for transmission of signals over longer distances. The 5G wireless signals will be transmitted via large numbers of small cell stations that are placed on light poles or terraces of high buildings or high rise towers. This is necessary as the millimeter wave spectrum band ranges from 30 GHz and 300 GHz on which the 5G depends on to provide high speeds. This band of spectrum can travel short distances and is affected by physical obstacles such as buildings or weather interferences.

Is 5G Ready to Reach Us?

5G has been vigorously pursued in four countries- the United States, South Korea, Japan, and China. The network operators from these countries are expected to spend billions of dollars for 5G capital expenses until year 2030.

5G requires 5G ready devices that can run on 5G network. It will be launched by the end of 2019 but will commercially available between 2020 and 2025. It is only by 2030 will 5G become a mainstream technology.

Types of 5G Services

There are two types of 5G services being developed by mobile operators. This includes:
  • 5G fixed a wireless broadband service that delivers internet access to homes and businesses. This is wireless connection that requires NRs in small cell sites near buildings that beam a signal to a receiver. This receiver is placed on rooftops nd windowsills. It will make it cheaper for the operators to deliver broadband services as they will no longer need fiber optic lines and cables.
  • 5G cellular services that delivers 5G cellular network. It is expected to roll out in 2019 or start of 2020 when 5G enabled devices are commercially available.

This is what 5G is all about. 5G will be launched by AT&T in 12 cities by the end of 2019. It will bring forth the focus to smarter and faster smartphones as well as creation of interesting and useful applications in the future. 5G will surely makes the future appear more interesting and exciting for us all.



Friday, 10 August 2018

How to Change Your Verizon Router Password

All devices from Verizon come with a default username and password. The default username and password is handwritten on a card for all FIOS devices. The password contains a combination of alphabets and numbers that is hard to remember. You end up wondering if it those are your lucky numbers and alphabets! Well, worry no more. Thankfully, there is a simple way to change the Verizon router gateway password. Read on and learn how to change your Verizon router password.

Changing the Gateway Password of a Verizon Device

Just follow the simple steps below and change the default password easily.

  1. You need to enter the IP address of the router in your browser. The default IP address is
  2. You will be asked to enter the username and password. The username is always admin. Enter the password you received on your router sticker.
  3. After you are logged in, go to the ‘Wireless Settings’ and from here navigate to the ‘Security’ menu.
  4. Here, search for ‘Change Password’.
  5. Enter a strong password that is unique to your device and easy to remember. Make sure you too use a combination of alphabets, numbers and special characters.
  6. Save the changes.

This is all you need to do to change your Verizon router password. It is always a good idea to change the default password as it help provide more security to your Wi-Fi network.



Sunday, 5 August 2018

When is 5G Arriving in the Market?

Is 5G Arriving This Year?

The superfast 5G network is impatiently awaited by many users as well as many businesses. The 5G is the 5th generation mobile network that is set to be faster than its preceding networks as well as open up a whole new world of mobile data in many counties.

Many networks are working full-speed to start changing their network technology to be compatible with 5G. Smartphone makers too are in the fray to launch the best phones compatible and supportive of 5G networks. So, is 5G arriving this year? Let’s find out about it.

When is 5G Arriving in the Market?

Many countries around the world are making an effort to launch 5G as soon as possible. These countries include South Korea, China, Japan, as well as the US. They plan to launch 5G network by 2018 or early 2019. However, it will reach the UK by 2020, according to the 5G strategy of the government as well as the network operators.

So, even if 5G is launched by 2020, it will not be until 2022 that is will have widespread coverage around the world.

Why is 5G the Most Talked about Network around the World?

5G has many benefits as it will be the fastest network ever. According to trade pundits, it will be at least 100 times faster. The current fastest network that is 4G or 4G+, LTE-A or 4.5G tend to deliver 300Mbit/s of download speed. Whereas 5G will offer a speed of 1GB/s (1000Mbit/S) or even closer to 1Gb/s of download speed.

So, downloading a full HD movie will be done before you snap your finger that is less than 10 seconds on a 5G network. The same movie will take about 10 minutes on a 4G network. 5G will have very less lag period when you are using your mobile phone or another compatible device. This lag or delay is in terms of milliseconds that are hardly detected by the user.

Thus, it could prove beneficial not just for online gaming, but when it comes to matter of life or death. This means it will help reduce delays in important things such as self-driving cars where a sec of delay could lead to a disaster.

It will not just be helpful in downloading large files and watching movies without buffering, but will help one with virtual and augmented reality technology. A car may have the ability to display satellite navigation projected on the cars windscreen or display targeted adverts on the window.

5G will make ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’ a reality as more and more everyday devices will be connected to the Internet. We may have drones that deliver the goods or help doctors perform critical surgeries from remote locations using medical robots or make factories more automated.
5G will require users to invest in a new smartphone that are 5G compatible. Also, 5G will be an expensive affair, thus, not many users will be able to instantly invest into it. However, 5G is getting closer to its official launch and soon will benefit millions of lives for the better.



Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Key Differences between Different Types of Ethernet Cables

Computers and laptops have become a part of our daily work grind. Be it a large organization, medium enterprises, local shopping malls, or even our homes, computers have become an integral part of the daily business. Laptops and computers work best when there is an active broadband Internet connection. And when we talk about Internet, Ethernet cables help connect a modem to a router or LAN as well as the computer’s interface. Laptops generally USB adapters or converters that help one connect to a wireless network.

However, the thick, flexible cables are most likely to be used for a personal PC. There are many different types of Ethernet cables and not all have the same function. Let us have a look at the key differences between different types of Ethernet cables in the following article.

Differences between Ethernet Cables

It was in the 1980s the Ethernet cables made an appearance. These cords help connect the computer to a network. We all have seen an Ethernet cable that connects our computer to a router. Without the Ethernet cable, the system will not be able to function.

Ethernet cables have been evolving since the time they have been introduced. Thus, they may all look the same, but are different. The difference lies between their data transfer speed, electromagnetic interference, bandwidth frequency range, and so on. Let us learn the key differences between different types of Ethernet cables.

Category 3 Ethernet Cable

The Cat3 or station wire is the pre-historic wire in the world of Ethernet cable. It is the oldest form that is still in use today. It has an unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable. This wire has the capability to carry 10 Mbps data or voice transmissions. The maximum possible bandwidth it can carry is 16 MHz. With the launch of category 5 Ethernet cable, Cat3 soon lost its popularity.

Category 5 Ethernet Cable

Cat5 cable is a UTP cable just like Cat3. It can carry data the transfer speed of 10/100 Mbps speed. This means it can support  10 Mbps or 100 MBBs speeds. It is also called as the first Fast Ethernet-capable cables and used for telephone signals as well as video along with Ethernet data. The Cat5 is suspended as of now due to availability of better category 5 cables.

Category 5e

The Cat5e is the enhanced version of Cat5 that reduces crosstalk, unwanted signal transmissions between data channels. It works best for 10/100 Mbps and 1,000 Mbps (gigabit) Ethernet. It contains four twisted pairs of wires whereas Cat5 uses only two of these pairs. This helps Cat5e use Gigabit Ethernet speed.

Category 6

The Cat6 cables are certified to handle a bandwidth of up to 25 MHz. The Cat6 cables have better insulation and thinner wires as compared to the former ones. This leads to higher signal-to-noise ratio and are suitable for environments that include higher electromagnetic interface. Cat6 cables are available in shielded twisted pair (STP) form as well as UTP form. It is backward compatible with Cat5 and Cat5e cables as well as more expensive them.

Category 6a

Cat6a or augmented Category 6 cable improves the basic Cat6 cable by allowing transmission rate of about 10,000 Mbps. It is available in STP form and requires specialized connectors that ground the cable.

Category 7

Category 7 or Cat7 cables are also called as Class F. These are fully shielded cables that can support upto 10 Gps (10,000 Mbps) speeds and 600 Mhz of bandwidth. The Cat7 cables consist of screened, shielded twisted pair (SSTP) of wires. The layers of insulation and shielding of the Cat7 cable is more extensive than the Cat6. This makes them more bulky and thicker than the Cat6 cables and requires grounding of the shielding layers. If not then their performance maybe reduced to the extent that they are no better than Cat6. Also, their performance may drop far below Cat5. Thus, it is very important to understand the type of connecters at the end of a Cat7 cable.

These are the key differences between different types of Ethernet cables. Thus, changing your Ethernet cable may help you improve the transfer of files between computers and help move things faster.



Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Tethering an Internet Connection Using Your Android Phone

We need to be connected online 24/7 today. All have their own reasons to remain online, be it for work or for staying connected to different social media apps. You may not have access to a Wi-Fi connection at all times. In times of need, you may have to depend on the Internet connection of your phone. Most SIMs in Android phones today has Internet packs that can be used to connect other devices to the Internet. These devices include your laptop and tablets.

Let us learn about tethering an Internet connection using your Android phone with an active data pack.

How to Use an Android Phone as a Wi-Fi Hotspot?

If you want to avoid using a public Wi-Fi and yet remain online, then you can always fall back on your Android smartphone mobile data connection. The following steps will help you learn about tethering an Internet connection using your Android phone.

Sharing Android Phone’s Internet Connection

  1. Go to Settings on your Android phone and tap on More under Wireless Networks.
  2. Here you will find ‘Tethering and portable hotspot’. Tap on Wi-Fi hotspot.
  3. Now, if you are a first time user, you will need to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot in order to use it
  4. Enter or rename a name for your Wi-Fi network and give it a strong password. Tap on Save.
  5. Your Wi-Fi Hotspot will be turned on and to allow other devices to use the Internet, you have to toggle the slider on the top of the screen.
  6. Search for your Wi-Fi hotspot name on your laptop or tablets network scan. When you spot your mobile’s Wi-Fi SSID, click on it and enter the password saved on your phone.
  7. Once the password is accepted, your laptop or other tablet will be now able to use the Internet from your Android mobile data connection.

Tethering an Internet connection using Android phones is possible on all models. If you have an active mobile data plan then you don’t have to worry about the high cost of using mobile Internet. However, it may drain your mobile battery faster as well as use up limited data plans quickly.



Saturday, 31 March 2018

Why Do I Need To Change The SSID On My Router?

In order to keep your home network protected from hackers, eavesdroppers, as well as Wi-Fi thieves, it is necessary to change the SSID.

All wireless broadband routers and wireless access points need a Service Set Identifier (SSID). The SSID helps identify your home network from other wireless networks in the area. Let us understand why you need to change the SSID on your router.

Reasons Why You Need to Change the Default SSID

The SSID is the name of your wireless router. It comes with a default service set identifier that usually is the name of the manufacturer or the device model number. But, why do you need to change the SSID?

There are many reasons that compile you to change the SSID as soon as possible. Firstly, the default name makes it easy for even novice hackers to hack into your home network. The default name gives them all the cues to break into a WPA2 encryption.

Not changing the SSID also implies you are technically-challenged. This tempts the hackers to try and get hooked onto your network. Even the teenage kid of your neighbor takes it as a ‘divine gift’ from the heavens above. It makes it so easy to identify the device you use and find a way to reach its admin page and hack into your home network.

What Names Are Not Suitable as SSID?

When changing your SSID, it is important not to give away any personal information. Do not choose your birthdate, family name, pet’s name, etc. as your SSID. These are dead giveaways that the router belongs to a particular home and makes it easy for someone known to target your home network.
You need to select a SSID name that is unique and not share by any other nearby networks. Use a name such as SquadNet or a scarier name such as MalwareThreat. You could try ZoneIX or any random number with special characters 876%789.

Is There Any Way to Cloud SSID?

Yes, you could try and cloud or hide your SSID, so that no one can scan and discover your home network. You need to login into your router admin page and go to the Wireless option and change your SSID from the Wireless Network Name (SSID). You will find an option with a check box that says SSID Broadcast. Select the box that says Disabled. Save the settings and you SSID will no longer be broadcasted.

This is the perfect way to protect your home network from nasty hackers. Or else you could always turn off the router when not in use or before you leave the house. Thus, making it difficult for freeloaders from using your home network.

Thus, to protect your wireless network from hackers and Wi-Fi thieves who use up your broadband data or cause your network speed to slow down you need to take steps such as changing SSID. It gives a unique identity to your router and helps authorized devices from finding your home network easily.



How to Stop Neighbors from Stealing Your Wi-Fi Connection

Slow Internet speed is a cause of concern for every wireless network user. You often wonder why your Internet speeds drag when it should have been lighting fast as claimed by your ISP. There can be various reasons such as a malfunctioning router, poor quality cables, etc. Another reason that can cause slow Internet speed is someone stealing your Internet bandwidth. Freeloaders may hack into your wireless connection and use it to play and download online games, movies, music, and even transfer heavy files over your network.

This may lead to slow Internet speed on your computer. In this article, we shall help you learn how to stop neighbors from stealing your Wi-Fi connection.

Is Someone Stealing Your Wi-Fi?

Before we start our action against prevention of Wi-Fi theft, let us be sure if someone is actually stealing your Wi-Fi. You need to enter your router’s default IP address in a web browser and then enter your default login username and password. Then once you gain access to your router admin page, look for DHCP Client Table. Here, you will be able to find the list of MAC addresses to all the connected devices. If you have 4 devices in your house and it shows more than 4 devices connected, it means someone is definitely stealing your Internet. Or make sure you turn off the wireless connection on all your devices and then check the list of connected devices. If it still shows devices connected, it definitely means the Wi-Fi thief is using your wireless connection.

How to Stop Someone from Stealing Your Wi-Fi?

There are various ways that help you prevent freeloaders from piggybacking on your wireless connection.

1.Create a Strong Password

You need to log in to your router admin page and change your password. You should choose a password with a combination of capital and small alphabets, numbers as well as special characters. Do not use common phrases or personal dates such as your birthday or zip code as password. Make sure the password is difficult to guess and crack.

2.Change the Wireless Encryption

You should set your wireless security to WPA2, WPA2-Mixed or WEP. Do not use WPA as your wireless security mode as it can be cracked even by a novice hacker. Once the security and password have been changed, no one can join your network until and unless you give them your wireless network password.

3.Include MAC Filtering

All your Internet-enabled devices have a unique MAC address. Go to your router’s dashboard and look for Wireless Mac Filter. Here, add all the MAC addresses of the devices you and your family owns. Keep these MAC address under the whitelisted devices, so that no other device can connect to your wireless network.

4.Change Your SSID

You should change the SSID of your wireless network to something different. Do not use wireless network names such as ‘Peter’s Wit-Fi’, or ‘The Malcolm’. This makes it an easy target for neighbors and freeloaders as they know this network belongs to a particular family. Instead, you can use names such as c://virus or malware.exe or, that sounds scary and deters neighbors from trying to hack into.

5.Hide Your Wi-Fi Network

You can turn off SSID broadcast and hide your network from showing up on other’s wireless network scan. Just log into the router’s admin page and go to Wireless Security Disable wireless router radio button.

These are some of the easy and simple ways to stop neighbors from stealing your Wi-Fi. Wireless network thieves will no longer have a field day using up your bandwidth for free. You will definitely find your network speed improve once you are able to block all the freeloaders sucking up your Internet bandwidth without your permission.



Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Disabling Automatic Wireless Connections in Windows 10

With laptops and tablets becoming easy to carry, we tend to travel with our modern tools of communication and work. Easy accessibility to free Wi-Fi also makes it easy to connect your laptop and access the Internet. We often visit coffee shops, shopping malls, lounges, even airports, etc. that offer free Wi-Fi service. All you need to do is connect to the public networks and surf free Internet. However, the next time you visit the same place, your Windows 10 computer tends to connect to the public network automatically.

You may not want to access the Internet again and do not want to risk hacking. At times, the computer tends to connect to a weak Internet signal automatically, when you can get connected to a stronger network.

If you are Windows 10 user, the following article will help you turn off the automatic wireless connection in your computer. Read on and find out more about disabling automatic wireless connection in Windows 10.

How to Disable Automatic Connection in Windows 10

Press the Windows Key + A, and open the Action center.

Click All Settings and select Network and Internet.

Select Wi-Fi in the left panel and choose Change Adapter Options in the right panel.

When you click on Change Adapter Options, it will open Network Connections.

Find the network connections which are connected to your computer or laptop.

You need to double click on the wireless network connection and open Wi-Fi status.

Go to Wireless Properties and under Connections search for ‘Connect automatically when this network is in range’.

This options is by default enabled. You need to uncheck the box and tap OK.

This is all you need to do for disabling automatic wireless connections in Windows 10.



Hide Your Wi-Fi Network and Prevent It from Being Seen

When the SSID of your Wi-Fi network is broadcasted, it is in a way screaming at your neighbors or eavesdroppers “Hey there. It’s me! Try to connect with me”. This becomes a problem when you live in an area which is prone to Wi-Fi stealing or hacking. Yes, you can and you should keep a difficult password as well as keep the encryption levels high. However, what if I tell you can hide your Wi-Fi network from the gaze of a potential leech? Read on and find out how to hide Wi-Fi network and prevent it from being seen in Windows 10.

Hiding Your Wi-Fi Network SSID

Most of us pay a bomb to get a good Internet service. It becomes very irritating when you have sly neighbors who tend to steal your network. The best way to overcome this problem is by opting for a hidden network. This way not only will you save your precious bandwidth, but also enjoy better Internet speed.

The best way to prevent a free ride over your wireless network is by turning on the WPA2 encryption on the wireless router. This will make sure it becomes difficult to hack into your network. Keep a difficult password for your network so that it becomes harder for a leech to break into your wireless connection.

Another important thing is to change the SSID of your wireless network. If you keep the default SSID of the wireless network, it becomes easier for hackers to guess your router model. The default SSID is a dead giveaway for hackers making it easy for them to guess the default admin password for your router.

Now coming back to our main topic. How to hide your Wi-Fi network from potential hackers? Just follow the steps below and hide your home network from popping on to the network scan of other users.

1. Open a web browser and type the default IP address of your router in the address bar. The default IP address is usually or

2. You will be asked to enter your default login ID and password. Default login ID is usually admin and default password is usually password/ admin or left blank.

3. Once you login into your router admin page, you need to look for Wireless Settings or Channel and SSID under Advanced or Setup or Wireless tab.

4. Here, you can change the visibility of the SSID to ‘Invisible’ or clear the checkbox that says ‘Broadcast SSID’ or ‘Enable SSID Broadcast’.

5.Click Apply and Save your changes.

Once complete, your SSID will no longer appear in the list of network available. If no one can see you network, then no one can try and hack into your wireless network. This is all you need to do to hide your Wi-Fi network and prevent it from being seen.



Block Other Wi-Fi Network Signals on Your Windows PC

Are there many other Wi-Fi networks around your home? Does this cause your laptop or PC to suddenly log on to any unknown open network? Are you a student who finds it very distracting when you PC continue to connect to an open Wi-Fi source? It is very easy to stop seeing other Wi-Fi networks on your Windows computer.

Let us have a look at the simple tutorial that will show you how to block other Wi-Fi network signals on your Windows PC.

Stop Seeing Neighbours Wi-Fi Network on Your PC

In this tutorial, we will help you block all other Wi-Fi network names from appearing on your network list.

Open Command prompt and write the command given below:

netsh wlan add filter permission=allow ssid="YOUR WIFI SIGNAL NAME" networktype=infrastructure

Change the YOUR WIFI SIGNAL NAME to the WiFi name you wish to allow and hit Enter.

After you allow all the known Wi-Fi networks, it is time to disable or block all the other Wi-Fi networks you do not wish to see on your Windows PC.

netsh wlan add filter permission=denyall networktype=infrastructure

That’s all you need to do to bloc all the other Wi-Fi network signals you do not like to see on your Windows PC.

Enable All Blocked Wi-Fi Signals

It may so happen that you may require use of other networks in future. The following command will help you undo the previous command.

netsh wlan delete filter permission=denyall networktype=infrastructure

In order to remove the networks from your whitelist you need to type the following command in command prompt.

netsh wlan delete filter permission=allow ssid="NAME OF YOUR WIFI SIGNAL" networktype=infrastructure

How to Block a Particular Signal from Your Windows PC?

In order to block a particular Wi-I signal from appearing on your PC you need to try the following command:

netsh wlan delete filter permission=block ssid=”WIFI SIGNAL TO BLOCK” networktype=infrastructure

Type the name of the WiFi signal you wish to block in place of WIFI SIGNAL TO BLOCK.

This is all you need to do block other WiFI signals from appearing on your Windows PC.



Tuesday, 23 January 2018

How to Find If Someone is Stealing Your WiFi Network

Are you curious to know if someone from your neighbors is stealing your network? Gaming consoles, smart phones, laptops, there could be anything that can be connected to your Wi-Fi network and use up your precious bandwidth and broadband data. Why should you pay through your nose while someone else hijacks your network and enjoys the free Internet?

If you think someone is stealing your Wi-Fi network, then the following tips will help you lay all doubts to rest.

How to tell if Your Neighbors are Stealing Your Wi-Fi Connection?

Do you think the sudden slow speed of your Internet is a regular bump in the ISP service? Is this happening regularly and you find your valuable bandwidth suddenly depleting without any cause? There may be someone who is enjoying your Internet connection by sneaking into your wireless network.

The following ways will help you find if there is any unauthorized device that is logged on to your network without your knowledge.

Check The Router Administration Page

Login to the router admin page and look for DHCP Client Table, DHCP Client List, or search for Attached Devices. This will help you look at the list of MAC (media access control) addresses that are connected to your router. Thus, if you have 2 devices connected at home and the list shows 5 devices connected, means 3 are unauthorized devices. It is definitely time to catch the thief.

However, previously connected devices such as your old smartphone, or gaming console, etc. may also appear in the list. You can clear the list and then recheck if any unauthorized device comes up in the list again.

Check Using Windows

Windows users need to press the Windows Key + R and type explorer.exe in the dialog box that opens up. Go to Network  Network Infrastructure and look for any unknown devices that come up in the list. If you find none that means there are no intruders or else you need to go to the router administration page for further action.

Check Out Apps to Find Unknown Devices

There are different apps available to help one search for any unauthorized devices logged into your wireless network.

Some of these include:

Wireless Network Watcher : It scans wireless network and lists out all the devices that are connected to the network.

F-Secure Router Checker: It checks the router settings to see if your DNS settings or router is hijacked or compromised.

Wi-Fi Inspector : It is free software used to check real monitoring of network status.

Fing: Fing is tool that helps to see all devices connected to the network.

These tools are helpful in figuring out any unknown devices logging into your network at any time of the day, especially when there are no known guest devices in your house.

These are some of the simple yet effective ways to find if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi. Sniff out the thieves using these methods and then change your wireless network password as well as encryption status to prevent future thefts.

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Communicating with Nosy Neighbors

Communicating Displeasure with Nosy Neighbors Using Your Wi-Fi

Nosy neighbors would find a way to latch on to your Wi-Fi network and use up your precious bandwidth. This may happen if the neighbour visits your home and you give your network information to help them connect to your Wi-Fi. Instead of forgetting your Wi-Fi details on their smartphone, they continue to use the Internet from your network. At times, it may come as a surprise to you as you don’t remember sharing your network details with the neighbour. In such cases, you need to find a polite way of communicating displeasure with nosy neighbors using your Wi-Fi. Let us have a look at the simplest method that will show you how to communicate your displeasure with neighbours using your Wi-Fi network.

How to Check If Someone is Stealing Your Wi-Fi?

Do you find your YouTube videos taking more than the usual time to buffer? Does your bandwidth in case of data packs suddenly get depleted even without using much of it? Is your Internet working at tortoise pace rather than the bullet speed promised by your ISP? Well, then it might be a case of stolen Wi-Fi.

In order to be doubly sure before jumping to any conclusions, there are many ways that help you check if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi. You could try using apps for free that help you check for any unauthorized devices. Some of these apps include F-Secure Router Checker, Fing, Wireless Network Watcher, etc.

You could even log into your router admin page and check for MAC addresses that do not belong to you. All you need to do is type the default ‘192.168.1.’ or ‘’. Enter your default username and password and secure access to the admin page. You need to find ‘wireless status’ or ‘wireless configuration’ or ‘DHCP client’ list. Here, you will be able to see the sex MAC addresses of the devices that have logged into your network. This means, if there are only 3 devices in your home using the network, the other 3 obviously belong to unauthorized devices.

It is important to note at times, other devices such as your gaming consoles, printers, old mobiles connected to the wireless network may show up in the list of MAC address. Thus, better be sure by using apps or websites such as to find which device the address belongs to.

How to Keep Away Nosy Neighbors from Using Your Wi-Fi?

If someone is using your Wi-Fi, then the best way to keep them out is by using a stronger passkey and encryption method. Change the password/passkey/PSK of the network from the admin page of the router. You should also change the encryption to WPA2. This will make sure they will not be able to log in into you wireless network. If they try then they need to ask you for the new password/passkey, which you can politely decline.

On a Lighter Note..

While you are changing your password/passkey, you could change your SSID as well. The SSID is the unique name you give your wireless network for identification. Try using a new SSID such as ‘Get Your Own Wi-Fi’ or ‘Stealing Wi-Fi is an Annoying Habit’. This way you could get your feelings across and the person stealing your Wi-Fi will know that you know! This may dissuade them from stealing your Wi-Fi in future.