Has the speed of your Wi-Fi slowed to a crawl on the latest? Are your devices constantly from the network? Someone may steal your Wi-Fi.
Do not stand for these disorders. Whether it's someone you know next to, a complete stranger passing the neighborhood, or just bad code running on a foamed product, the abuse must end. This guide will help you to do that right.
See What's Connected to Your Network
Many of today's network routers have mobile phone users. With these programs, you can both monitor and control your network directly from your phone. Check the router's user manual to see if there is an app for it. Products from many major players offer home network hardware that comes with this option, including Google, Netgear and Asus.
In the app, you are looking for a menu called "connected devices" or something similar. You should see a list of devices currently connected to your home Wi-Fi. Browse through the list and find out what's in your home that connects to the internet.
If you see an active device that apparently is not one you own, like a Windows computer, when your family has only Mac, or maybe an unknown iPad ($ 330 on Amazon) it's a signature that someone else uses your Wi-Fi.
If your router is a few years old, it can not offer an app. Nevertheless, you should have access to a list of connected devices despite your router's web portal. Check your manual for access instructions.
Search for Unknown Devices
Within the list of devices that are connected to your network, there are sometimes things with mysterious labels like "Unknown Device."
To identify these mysterious devices, start by searching for their MAC and IP addresses in your router's app or web portal. Then find the information on your connected devices. Some Wi-Fi products actually have their MAC addresses printed on them physically, but you can also find them in device settings.
When you thought that you had tracked the gadget in question, disconnect or disconnect if you can. If it disappears from your list of connected devices, it's your answer.
If the mystery is currently idle ̵1; ie, not active measurement of measurement data – and stays that way every time you check it, try disabling it. The Google Wi-Fi router app shows this information. Some other routers from Buffalo and Asus also provide these details. If not, you might want to consider third-party network monitoring software.
Be aware of any unknown items remaining, even after you have started all possible devices. Be especially careful with unknown things like this, which actively use network data. These may be unauthorized users or software. Disable them immediately to be safe.
Make sure your Wi-Fi network is safe
If you do not already use a password to access your home Wi-Fi, quit now and set password protection. By leaving your network open everyone can use it and even steal your passwords.
Do you already have a password? If you find suspicious devices on your network, it's time to change it – especially if you have not done it since you got your router.
It's always wise to use the toughest security protocols available. For Wi-Fi, it's also the latest version, WPA2. Select that option if you can within the router's settings.
Stagnant networking software is a hack waiting to happen. Regularly check firmware and software updates and apply them whenever available.
This not only means your router, but everything that is connected to your home Wi-Fi.
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