How To: See Who's Stealing Your Wi-Fi (And Give Them the Boot)

See Who's Stealing Your Wi-Fi (And Give Them the Boot)

Does your network begin to crawl right around the time your sinister-looking next-door neighbors get home from work? Do you harbor suspicions that one or more of them may be stealing your Wi-Fi? It's easy to find out. And equally easy to give freeloaders the boot. In the guide below, we'll show you how to secure your wireless connection in three easy steps.

Step 1 Log into your wireless router

Enter your Wi-Fi router's local IP address into your web browser and, when prompted, log in.

How to See Who's Stealing Your Wi-Fi (And Give Them the Boot)

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Step 2 Find and check the list of attached devices

Once logged into your router, do your best to locate the list of connected devices. On a Netgear router, for instance, you'll find Attached Devices under Maintenance in the left frame.

Find the link? Click on it.

How to See Who's Stealing Your Wi-Fi (And Give Them the Boot)

You'll now be presented with a list of all the wireless devices on your network. You'll have access to IP addresses, MAC addresses and, where applicable, device names.

How to See Who's Stealing Your Wi-Fi (And Give Them the Boot)

Go over the list. Do any of the entries stick out? If so, move onto step 3.

Step 3 Secure your network

The surest (and quickest) way to protect your network is to set up a WPA or WPA2 password. As an added perk, changing your security settings will  automatically knock any moochers off of your network.

Need help figuring out how to configure a WPA or WPA2 password on your own wireless router? Search WonderHowTo's ever-expanding collection of networking tutorials.

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