Many devices connect to your Wi-Fi these days including laptops, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, set-top boxes, game consoles, Wi-Fi printers, and more. Be aware of who and what is connected to your Wi-Fi by following the guide below.
Use a third-party software to see who is connected and get alerts when a new device connects to your network.
There are many third-party systems available, that have firewalls and security systems with features that include a quick and easy “network” view that shows you all the devices connected to your Wi-Fi network. These systems also tend to show your bandwidth usage, see what applications are connecting to what, and exactly how much bandwidth each application is using. You can also get alerts when an application changes something or when an installer tries to install a new system driver.
Use your router’s web interface.
Check your router’s interface for your Wi-Fi network. The best way to find this information will be to check your router’s web interface. Your router hosts your Wi-Fi network, so it has the most accurate data about which devices are connected to it. If you’re not sure of its IP address, you can generally look for your computer’s gateway IP address via the Control Panel
Finding the list of connected devices.
Look for the option in your router’s web interface. There should be a link or button named something like “attached devices,” “connected devices,” or “DHCP clients.” You may find this on the Wi-Fi configuration page, or you may find it on some sort of status page. On some routers, the list of connected devices may be printed on the main status page to save you some clicks.