You’re here to know how to see devices connected to Wi-Fi, before delving into that directly, lets have a glimpse of Wi-Fi. These days among the sources of the Internet, Wi-Fi is standing in the front. The reason is its portable(device), can provide network access to a number of devices, easy to connect and helps in IoT. That’s the reason why it’s used in most of the public places, Institutions, Offices and in many other places. Wi-Fi generally means WLAN(Wireless Local Area Network) and Wi-Fi doesn’t have any actual abbreviation to it, it was named just that it rhymes with Hi-Fi, but people generally say it, Wireless Fidelity.
Wi-Fis are deployed to allow internet access to more number of devices. Generally, there are three types of Wi-Fis. available. One is public Wi-F where anyone can connect to it generally seen in bus stops and railway stations. The second one is private Wi-Fis, which can be in the institutions or offices, restricted to the people belong to them. The third type is personal Wi-Fis generally used in the homes where just less than 10-20 devices can be connected. When we connect to the Wi-Fi along with our device there might be some other devices connected to the same Wi-Fi. Sometimes we may want to know who are all using the Wi-Fi that you’re using, just to check the number of devices connected or to see if any unauthorized device is connected, especially when you have a personal Wi-Fi device.
There are many ways to find out the Devices which are connected to the same Wi-Fi. Among them, we are going to see a few easy and different methods here to quickly find the devices connected to Wi-Fi.
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How to see devices connected to Wi-fi?
Using the Computer:
1. Using Command Prompt in Windows (CMD):
For this, you need to be connected to the same network with your computer to which you want to find out the devices connected.
First press “Wind + R” and then type cmd, press Enter and your Command Prompt opens.
The first Basic command is > net view
This gives you a list of devices connected to the Wi-Fi with their PC name.
Using this command you can get only PC names of connected devices.
Command is > arp -a
This command gives you a list of all devices connected to the Wi-Fi with their IP address and MAC address along with their state (dynamic/static). Using this command, the name of the PC is not shown.
Command > netstat –ano
This command helps you know whether someone else is using your PC or looking at what you are doing.
When you enter the command in the command window in the “state” column you find “Established” it means someone has entered your PC, for that just see the PID number beside “state” column, note down that PID and go to task manager click the Details tab. There you can find PID column if you see the same PID present there which you’ve noted you can confirm that somebody entered your PC. (Note: Sometimes you find “Established” in state column of CMD window that is because when some applications of Your PC (like browser) uses Internet you get “Established”). Generally, most of the time you find “established”, whenever you get a doubt you should check for the same PID in task manager and confirm.
How to see devices connected to Wi-Fi using Mobile Phone:
Everyone is using Wi-Fi mostly in the mobile phones having Android, IOS, Windows or any other operating system. So to find out the devices connected to the same Wi-Fi using a mobile phone there is a simple way that is downloading an App available for all platforms.
The App is FING which is pretty good. It provides most of the information about the devices connected to the Wi-Fi.
It shows IP address, MAC Address of the Device, Offline or online, Device manufacturer and if your mobile is a rooted one then you can do a lot of other stuff using this FING app. It’s a very good App to see the list of connected devices to the Wi-Fi.
So these are the various and easy methods to see the devices that are connected to the same Wi-Fi. If you have any other such simple methods then do let us know we’ll post them here. If you’ve liked this article then share it and like it. If you have any doubts shoot us through the comment box below.