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How do you know that someone is stealing your Wi-Fi network and how do you stop it?


No doubt you've heard this warning for years, "It's very important to secure your home network with strong wi-fi security, with a strong password," but what if the ban occurs? How do you make sure your network is stolen? And what can you do?

How do you know that someone is stealing your WiFi network?

If you're worried that someone might steal your Wi-Fi network, there are some tools available to you to find out.

Method 1: Check the router case lights

The easiest way to find out if an unauthorized person is using your Wi-Fi network is to look at your dealer's device, but that's only a way if you can disconnect all your wireless devices from your Internet connection completely. If you have a lot of devices (such as smart home appliances) that use this network, you can go straight to the second way.

If you can count all devices on your Wi-Fi network, on the one hand, remove them and put them offline, either turn them off or set them on to safety and then see the status lights on your Wi-Fi router.

With no Wi-Fi devices, the lights shouldn't flash, and if not, it's possible that someone else is connecting to your network.

Method 2: Use network verification apps

There are many apps available in the app store for your mobile device that promise to scan your network and provide a list of all connected devices.

You can search the App Store for the right options, but there is one trusted app called WiFi Guard, which is available for both iOS and Android. This app gives you a list of all the connected devices you can scan to see if there are any devices you can't recognize.

A number of devices will be identified by easy-to-understand names, such as a laptop, phone, and some smart home devices, but some may be reported as an "unknown device," which is relatively unhelpful when trying to determine whether it is your own device or that it is an outsider as seen below.

Use your dealer's app

If you have a relatively modern Wi-Fi router, it's probably working with a mobile app, so in fact, you may have configured a distributor device from the beginning using the app. If so, you can start the app on your phone and search for a network map, record, or list of connected devices that the app might call "Clients."

Each device is different, so you'll need to search and explore through the device manufacturer's website. If you manage to find a list of connected devices by applying the distributor device, then you can select the extraneous devices as shown below.

Sign in to your admin control panel

If none of these other options are productive, your last (and often more complex) option is to log on to the administrator control panel of your distributor's device in the web browser. To do this, you'll need to know:

Administrator username: Mostly, in most distributor devices, the name "administrator" is the word "admin,"unless you change it to another name when you first set up the router.

  • Your administrator password: If you have an old router and never changed your password, this may be the loophole that hackers have used to access your network, such as the word "default" or "password."
  • Your IP address: Most often your network's IP address is ( -). Enter this address in a web browser, and log in if you get the chance.
  • If this is not true, you need to find the Internet Protocol address for your network: in the start-search box, type (ipconfig) in the command panel as shown in the image below, and press key (Enter). Your Internet Protocol address must be Default Gateway.

After you sign in to the admin control panel, look for a network map, user history, or customer list as we mentioned earlier. Each router is different, so you'll need to explore it to find it.

How to kick someone out of your network

If you find an unauthorized device on your home network, there are two simple ways to get rid of it:

If you see an unauthorized customer in the router's mobile app or administrator control panel, select the device. You should see one of these options: block, block, or eject the device as shown in the image.

Instead of blocking devices one by one, you can get rid of all devices from the network at once (including your own devices) by changing your Wi-Fi password. If you're not already using a password, you should definitely turn on network security and add a password now.

Even if you already have a password, if someone is using your network and doesn't know how to access it, you need to change your password and make it stronger. If your network offers multiple types of security, go to a safer system, such as going from WPA, WPA2-TKIP to WPA2-AES.