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 macvendors.com 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.