How to tell if someone is stealing your wifi? In this post we delve in to this topic.
Everyone and their granny has a Wi-Fi connection in their home, but not all of them run as fast as you might like. While that might just mean you need a new router, it’s possible someone is thieving your connection too. Fortunately, there are ways to detect it and block them from accessing it ever again.
As long as you have your MAC address and an app or two, you can determine if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi or if your connection is just slow. Here’s how.
If you only have a few Wi-Fi devices in your house, you may want to unplug or turn them all off,and then watch the wireless signal light on your router. If the light continues to flicker, someone else is using your Wi-Fi.
If you suspect that someone is stealing your Wi-Fi,you need to log in to your router’s administration page. Most people can do this by typing 192.168.11 or 192.168.2.1into the address bar. If these don’t work, swing on over to our guide for accessing your router’s admin panel.
Once you’ve accessed the admin page, you’ll need to locate the page listing the various Media Access Control (MAC) addresses connected to your computer. The location of this page will differ depending on your router, but you may find it under wireless configuration, wireless status, or in the DHCP client list. You can use this list to count how many devices are connected to your internet. If you see six MAC
addresses — any device connected to your network will have its own unique MAC address — but only have four devices in your home, somebody is probably stealing your internet.