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To discover who has connected to your wireless network, you can simply review your router’s log. Since wireless router brands have different administrative sections, this article will provide the basics. We also assume you have DHCP properly set up.
The easiest way to track traffic, is to review your network traffic log(s). This is done by accessing your wireless router’s administrative area.
Open an Internet browser, enter your router’s IP address, and press Enter/click Go. If you do not already know the correct IP, you can quickly determine it with these steps…
This should open your router’s Administrative panel. Now, enter your username and password to access the router settings and logs. If you cannot recall your username and password, or did not create a new username or password, first look on the underside of the router for the defaults, otherwise, the following may help:
Here is a listing of common, default admin/password combinations of various brands (case sensitive). Note, it is always recommended to at least, create a new password.
If you are still having trouble with your username and password, read the following article (this will open in a new tab/window): I Forgot my Wireless Network Password
The log will be located under any possible tab, or page heading. There will probably be a number of entries, with each entry designated by a MAC (Media Access Control).
You should discover the MAC of each computer, or device, you allow to connect to your wireless network. From there, it is a process of elimination to determine other traffic on your network. If you do not know how to find your computer’s MAC, follow these steps:
You can also utilize this little utility to constantly monitor your network for activity: Who’s On My Wifi.