Is your internet sluggish? If you suspect a neighbor is stealing your Wi-Fi, here's how khổng lồ identify devices using your connection và boot them off.

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Windows users can tải về a không lấy phí, portable program calledWireless Network Watcher(scroll down lớn the Zip tải về link below "Feedback" lớn get it), which will provide a danh mục of every device currently connected lớn your network, so you can identify the ones that belong to lớn you.

To use Wireless Network Watcher, just launch the program, and it will immediately begin scanning your network. This will take a minute or two—you"ll know it"s working if the bottom-left corner reads "Scanning..." Once it"s done, that message will disappear, & you"ll be presented with a full danh mục of connected devices.


The resulting danh sách may look a little cryptic, especially if you aren"t super tech-savvy, but don"t worry. You can ignore theIP address& MAC address listings for now. If you"re using Wireless Network Watcher, just focus on the Device Name and Network Adapter Company columns.

For example, I see an cửa nhà named "Dulce" in Wireless Network Watcher, which is the name of my wife"s MacBook. I see another with no name, but with "Philips Lighting BV" as the network adapter manufacturer, it"s probably the hub for myPhilips Hue lights. You can double-click on a device lớn add "User Text" that helps you identify each device và narrow down all the items in this menu.

Mac users don"t have sầu as many great options—LanScanis a decent pick, though it costs $6 for the full functionality. Most other apps are either expensive, or have sầu caveats that make them less than ikhuyến mãi. If you"re on a Mac, your router"s settings page may have the info you need.Or, if you have an iPhone, you can giveFinga try.

Consult Your Router Settings


If you"re lucky, you"ll be able to lớn recognize all the items on that danh sách, but there may be a few that don"t have sầu enough information. After going through my danh mục, for example, I was left with a couple devices that listed no name & no manufacturer. However, I was able lớn get a little more information from my router"s web interface.

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You can open your router"s management page by typing its IP address in your browser"s address bar. Once there, look for an option that sounds lượt thích "Attached Devices" or "Client List." This will present you with a similar các mục as Wireless Network Watcher, but the information may be slightly different. After cross-referencing the unknown devices between the two, I found one of them was listed as "AzureWave sầu Technology, Inc" in my router"s interface, but not Wireless Network Watcher. A little Googling revealed that this was myRachio sprinkler system, so I was able to mark that down & move sầu on.