How Can I Tell If the Neighbors Are Using My Wireless Internet?

Wireless networks in the home allow us the freedom of using our portable devices where we please, but they can also present a security risk if the passwords that secure them are known to others. Unfortunately, a router will allow anyone access to a network who knows this password. Your router is only capable of transmitting a limited amount of data at one time, and the more people that are using it, the slower the Internet will seem to everyone.

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Click "Start," type "Network Map" into the search bar and then click "Manage wireless networks."

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Click the tab entitled "Network and Sharing Center" located in the upper right-hand side of the window that appears.

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Click the small blue link entitled "See full map."

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Peruse the list of connected devices, taking note of those that you can identify and those that you cannot.