How to see the list of devices connected on the home wifi network, from the router or using scanning programs
With the spread of Smart devices, all connected to the network and in many cases also to the internet, it can be useful and interesting to have a general overview so that you can see how many of them are connected, what they are and if there are intruders or problems. Today there are many devices that connect to home Wi-Fi: PCs, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, voice assistants, game consoles, Wi-Fi printers and more. The best way to see the list of devices connected in wifi, although not the simplest, to find this information is to check the web interface of the router that hosts the network and spreads the Wi-Fi signal. Most routers allow you to view the list of connected devices, although some may not be easy to read or may not make it your own. It is still worth the effort check the router interface, also to understand what we are talking about. As seen in another guide, easy to access the router interface. Basically it is simply a matter of writing the IP address of the router on the address bar of Chrome or other web browsers and pressing Enter to open the configuration of the router as if it were a website. If you are not sure of the router's IP address, you can search from the network settings or by opening a command prompt (looking for CMD on the Start menu or by right-clicking on the Windows Start button) and using the command ipconfig . The router's IP appears with a number like 192.168.1.254, near the writing Default gateway.
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By opening the router's web interface, enter the name and password indicated in the instruction booklet which should usually be Administrator and without password (see also default names and passwords on routers). We must then look for the screen of connected devices in the router's web interfaceOn many D-Link routers, the list of connected devices available in the menu Status> Wireless.On many Netgear routers, the list is under the heading "Connected devices" or Connected Devices in the sidebar. On many Linksys routers, this option is available in Status> Local Network> DHCP Client TableMany routers simply provide a list of devices connected via DHCP, so if a device configured with a static IP, it will not appear in the list. For each device the assigned IP, the Mac address and the host name are indicated.
Programs to control network connected devices
The easiest way to verify networked devices and have a list of computers, smartphones and other smart home devices to use a scan program. There are many tools to scan the network and in this article we see the most powerful and the most simplified.
1) Wireless Network Watcher by NirSoft a small free tool that doesn't even need to be installed on your computer. To use it, just start it and the automatic scan will show the names of the devices connected to the network, the MAC addresses and the hardware manufacturer, very useful for identifying the devices and computers even if they have an unrecognizable name. This tool may not work properly if you do not specify the Wi-Fi network card in the Advanced Options.
2) Fing the most powerful tool to be used to discover all the devices connected to the network. Fing free to use on PC (also on Android and iPhone smartphones), although to use it you need to create a free account on the Fing.Fing site really nice to see; in the card Connectivity possible list all devices connected on the network (both wifi and cable), show name, IP, MAC Address, manufacturer and operating system. Fing is also useful to check if the internet connection is working well or if there are widespread outages. Within Fing, it is possible to assign names to these devices (do not change the host names), for example to give a recognizable name or to indicate to whom belongs to the device. It allows us to easily see when an unauthorized device is on the network (for example if someone uses our wifi).
Other free programs can be downloaded from the article on how find out who connected to your wifi network and connects wirelessly.If you want to use a smartphone, there are also some Android applications to scan the network