How to Detect if Someone’s Stealing Your WiFi

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 Since you can't see who's got a computer hooked up to your wireless router, is there any way to know for sure if someone else has hijacked your signal?

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How to Detect if Someone’s Stealing Your WiFi

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Yes prince there is. Connecting to somebody's network without permission is illegal. That is basically the reason why networks should be secured. You can actually check it from the LOGS in your router. You need to know first your own IP address : Go to command prompt ( the black box ) and type in "ipconfig". Look for IP Address ( XP ) , IPV4 Address for both vista and win 7. Also in this black box, look for the IP Address of your  routers' configuration page. The IP address of the router is the one beside the DEFAULT GATEWAY. Type the routers' IP address on the address bar and it will open the configuration page. Log in using your username and password or your wireless network name and password. Just look for the ADMINISTRATION tab and the look for the LOGS option. In this tab you will see the logs of the IP addresses that was able to access your network. If that is different from your own IP address then that would mean, there are people who are actually using your wireless network.

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How to Detect if Someone’s Stealing Your WiFi

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Hello Prince184u.

To find out if someone is accessing your wireless router, log on to your router (usually IP address 192.168.1.1) via your web browser.  Look for the "Client List" option.  Your router's client list windows will look something like the picture below:

As you can see, you will see the IP address, the host name and MAC address.  Just look through the list and if there any entries that you do not recognize, then it's safe to assume that computer accessed your router illegally.  There are plenty of ways to prevent such intrusions such as disabling DHCP, turning on the security options (WEP, WPA, etc.), MAC filtering and others.

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How to Detect if Someone’s Stealing Your WiFi

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Yes, I agree. You won't know who's in your place who has a computer. Who has computer that has wireless adapter or wireless capable that might tab into your wireless router.

If you are living in compound, apartment, building or a complex then most likely you have numbers of potential wireless hikers.

The only way to know who are using or tapping your wireless connection is to access the router's internal settings. GUI as they say, because this record all list of devices attached to it.

Log-in to GUI, 192.168.1.1 and log-in using the credentials provided by your router manufacturer.

Go to Wireless tab and it'll display the list of devices attached and connected.

You can remove or delete wireless hikers. You can also set a WEP/WPA to secure your wireless connection or else, set a Mac filtering for better wireless encryption.

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