You can easily stop people from logging into your Wi-fi Network by putting a password. But is it really enough? Because some people who are familiar with Wi-Fi controls can actually break through yours without your knowledge nor permission.
How Do You Control Devices Connected To Your Wi-Fi
So, how can you really control all of the devices connected to your Wi-Fi and keep away any unwanted users who interfere with your privacy?
The thing is that you can’t detect if a new device is connected to your Wi-Fi. But you will probably have suspicions as your internet connection speed will slow down. Or you will notice some unusual activities on your navigator such as pop-up ads since the new device can make you exposed to different viruses and malware.
Unfortunately, this is not something uncommon, because some people who are knowledgeable about Wi-Fi controls can misuse this knowledge into breaking through other’s people Wi-Fi and using it without their consent.
Being a victim of one of these people puts you in front of many problems such as having a slow internet connection, being exposed to spyware, adware or malware, or even in the worst-case scenarios being trapped into cybercrime or having your personal information stolen.
For this and many other reasons, you need to know how to control every single device connected to your Wi-Fi and protect your privacy and personal information from any intruders.
Luckily, it is not that difficult, and we are going to show you the different tips to be able to increase your Wi-Fi security.
Who is connected to your Network? The ways to know:
The first thing to do before thinking about controlling the devices connected to your Wi-Fi is to know if there are any intruders you should worry about. You must then be aware of all the devices connected to your Wi-Fi, and we are going to show you how:
For this, you got to make sure that your computer or any other device you are using is connected to the Wi-Fi.
What you are supposed to do now is to look up your IP address. You will find it on your router or the box it was delivered in. In case you lost the box, you can try 192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1, or 192.168.2.1 as they are the most common IP addresses that routers use as a default gateway.
To log into your Wi-Fi, just type the IP address of your router in any browser. Look for a section named “attached device” or something similar to that. Once opened, you will find a list of attached devices and will need to look for the DHCP settings.
You are now in front of a list containing the different devices connected to your router and all the information you need to know about them. This will allow you to identify the ones that are yours, and the ones that are not so that you can isolate them.
Tip: If you are not able to make the difference between your devices and the unwanted ones, just shut down all of your devices and look if there are some left. This way, you can make sure that any device left is an intruder, and the Wi-Fi control list will provide you with information about them.
How do you lock your Wi-Fi Network?
Now that you identified the intruders, you want to lock your Wi-Fi and limit its access to get them out of your way. The easiest and most obvious way to do this is to change your password.
And changing your password necessarily needs to be followed by the use of WPA or WPA to encrypt your network traffic.
A router with a new encrypted (or hashed) password will automatically disconnect all the unwanted devices as the encryption will protect against them.
You can now be sure that your network is secured and that the intruders will no longer have access to it.
One thing you can also do is to block some devices to ensure the safety of your network and avoid any other intrusion in the future.
To block these devices, there are some steps you need to take, and the most important of them all is to put a strong password. You probably know what that means; your password should be a bit more complicated than just consecutive numbers. It should include a capital letter or more, small letters, numerals, and alpha numerals.
Putting a strong password makes it harder and more complicated for the hacker to guess.
Another thing you should consider doing is changing the SSID name (Service Set Identifier) or simply the network’s name.
And after changing the SSID name, do not forget to disable the SSID broadcast as well. This will make your Wi-Fi go offline for all the devices trying to connect and control your network externally.
Advanced security options
For this, we will be talking about advanced security options, and therefore advanced settings.
Using MAC address Filtering
The first thing we are going to talk about is the MAC address Filtering. It is a crucial step to have a sure and effective control of your Wi-Fi.
Using it will only allow the MAC address that you specified to connect to your Wi-Fi. And even though it is still not a 100% sure way to secure your network as the spoofing of the MAC address can still be done, but it will surely protect your Wi-Fi more.
Spoofing a MAC address requires serious knowledge of the computer network, and you are not likely to find a hacker with that amount of expertise wasting his time into breaking through others’ Wi-Fi.
Most of the time, the intruders will be people of your own circle, most likely neighbors, and using a MAC address is effective enough for extra protection and will do the job.
Limiting the number of users
Another way of controlling your network is to limit the number of users using a DHCP address limiting process and set it to the number of the devices you are using. This way, and even though someone else has your password, he will not be able to establish the connection.
Using a WIFI User blocker
A Wi-Fi User Blocker is also a smart way to ensure complete control of your network. There are many applications and software to use for this as they all have the same purpose: Detect the intruder and unable them to connect to the Wi-Fi.
These apps and software can easily do this by making an exhaustive and detailed scan of your network. And you can find professional ones that are even more effective and ensure extreme protection.
Vigilance is important
Where you live is an important aspect that determines whether the possibility of having an intruder into your network is available or not. To be more precise, you need to be attentive to the people of the environment where you live. If many of them do use wireless devices, for instance, then you have to be more careful and vigilant as they might be knowledgeable of Wi-Fi access controls.
Urban hackers have more sophisticated tools and software to access to any Wi-Fi really easily. Even if it is not a hacker, it is still easy to learn about anything, as the internet will provide you with the needed information. You can even check for yourself, and you will find many tutorials on how to hack into another Wi-Fi, and they are pretty simple to follow and execute if the Wi-Fi is not well protected.
This is why it is important to know in detail all about controlling your Wi-Fi and the devices connected to it. And immediately stop anyone trying to break through your network as they will lose hope once it is made clear that your network is blocked and find another victim taking fewer precautions.
Also, do not forget to regularly check your network and the devices connected to it in order to be up to date and identify the intruders if there are any.
What is the real importance of controlling Wi-Fi devices?
Controlling your Wi-Fi is very important as your devices contain all of your personal information and files that are supposed to be private.
Hacking into your Wi-Fi is then a clear violation of your privacy, and you want to avoid that.
This is the real importance of knowing how to control each device connected to your Wi-Fi and ensure your privacy and safety on your own because you will not always find a specialist to help you with that.
In addition to using your personal information and important files, you are also at risk of struggling with a really slow internet connection, which the intruders are going to be using illegally and without your agreement.
That said, we hope that the information provided in this article will help you maintain the safety of your network and will be useful to you if you ever face such a situation.