Knowing who’s connected to your wifi network is definitely worthwhile. Whether it’s just someone in your house that you’re curious about, or you think one of the neighbours may be using your wifi, it’s something you want to know.
In the UK, we tend to use hub as opposed to traditional routers. These hubs are essentially a router and a modem within one device. The good news is that it’s pretty much the same method we use to find all of the devices connected to our wifi.
If there’s too many devices on your network, then this can cause issues like having very slow upload speeds. So, if you’re trying to work out who’s connected to your internet, and which devices they’re connected with, then here’s how you can do so.
How to see who’s on your wifi quickly
Okay, first off we’re going to look at how you can see how many devices are connected to your internet. This is fairly easy and straightforward to do if you’re in the UK and you’re with one of the major internet providers.
Now, I’m within Virgin so I’ll show you how to do it for this network – but the process is very similar with other internet service providers too.
First, you’ll want to enter the IP address of your router into your web browser. This will vary depending on the internet company that you’re using.
For Virgin Media, the default IP address is 192.168.0.1. It’s the same for Sky customers too. Whereas with BT, the default address is 192.168.1.254. Do a quick Google search to check which yours is, and enter it into the URL bar at the top of your browser.
If done right, you should be greeted with a page like this:
Next, you’ll want to go ahead and login. Your password is likely on the bottom of your router or Hub. It’s usually not going to be your standard password however, as you should see a separate password specifically for logging into your routers settings.
Here, you’ll find all of the settings you’re able to change for your router, includes your connected device. So, you should be able to see all of the devices that are connected to your wifi. As well as this, you may also be able to see the speed that these devices are getting, too.
How to identify devices on my network
Now, although this will tell you all of the devices connected to your home wifi network, not all of them are going to be easily identifiable. If you’re lucky, then your devices are going to be shown as below:
In this case, it’s pretty easy to know which devices it’s referred to (I mean, the name is right there). You can also see the speed that your devices is using too. As well as this, you’ll be able to see the MAC address of your device.
Your MAC Address, or Media Access Control address, is simply a hardware identifier that you can use to tell which devices it is. This definitely comes in handy should you have the following show up in your devices;
With no device name, you may this that it’s impossible to tell which device this is. But, we can use the MAC address to figure it out.
How to Find MAC Address: Apple Devices (Macbook & iPhone)
For iPhone users, it’s very easy to find your MAC address. You can simply go into the Settings of your phone, then go to General and About. In here, you’ll easily be able to see the MAC address of your device (it might be referred to as the Wi-fi address).
Macbook users, it’s pretty simple too. First, go into your System Preferences and then into Network. Then, click into Advanced. At the bottom of the panel, you should be able to see your wifi address. If you can’t, then flick over to the wifi tab to find it.
So, it’s pretty straightforward for Apple users. Let’s check how to do it for other devices, too.
When you get the MAC address of your device, you can then go and match them up with the unknowns in your connected devices. This i the best way to work out which of your own devices are currently connected to your home wifi network.
And if there’s any devices left that aren’t yours, then you can easily work out which ones they are by using the names you have and identifying your other devices through using their MAC address.
How to Find MAC Address: Windows & Android users
On Windows, we actually do things a little bit differently. The easiest way for you to find the MAC address of your device is to open up Command Prompt.
When you’ve opened it up, you’re going to want to enter the following into it, and press enter;
This will bring up all of your network settings. You’ll be able to find your MAC address in there, likely referred to as your Physical Address.
It’s very easy for you to do this on Android too, but it will vary for different models. You just need to find the About option – whether this is in General or Settings will definitely vary. In there, you should be able to find the Wifi MAC Address, or simply just the wifi address,
The good news is that it’s pretty easy to see who’s connected to your wifi network. You can usually do this by simply searching the IP address of your router into one of your open web browsers.
You can do a range of other things in the setting of your router or hub too, so make sure to check them out. This includes adding some additional security and parental controls to your network, as well as setting up a guest wifi network to use too.