In recent times communications and especially in homes are done wirelessly, despite this there are still a lot of devices that we have wired to the network.
This large number of connected devices makes it difficult to control and track which ones are or are not connected, consuming WiFi or should not be connected.
How can we see the network devices?
Being connected by WiFi to your router or AP, you will be able to see the computers connected to the network, as well as telephones, IoT devices, etc.
Acrylic Wi-Fi Professional is able to perform a network scan for devices, with this you can not only determine how many devices and which are connected but thanks to the inventory in an immediate way identify new devices. In an easy and simple way you will be able to find out if someone is stealing your WiFi, or if there are unknown devices in the WiFi network.
If we don’t want Acrylic Wi-Fi Professional to search for network devices, we can deactivate the option from the Configuration section.
In addition to being able to activate or deactivate it we can configure the interval time that we want to wait between each consultation to the network. On the one hand there is the scanning time, by default it is set to 30 seconds, it should be enough time to perform a network analysis, if you see that this is not so you can try to increase or decrease the value until it fits what you are looking for.
The other configuration value, is every time the list is updated, by default it is done every little less than 3 seconds, enough interval so that the values are always updated on screen and it is not recommended to modify these values.
Why it is interesting to know the devices of your network wifi.
The more information we can get from our WiFi network, the easier it will be for us to determine if there are any performance or security issues. This is especially interesting for determining if any of your children are connected to the internet when they shouldn’t, or simply keeping track of what devices are or shouldn’t be connected.
Periodically, Acrylic Wi-Fi Professional does a network scan for devices. This search is transparent to the rest of the network users and nothing intrusive, so you will not be affected by the performance of your connection, and you will gain knowledge of your network.
These network scans are made over the WiFi network you are connected to so you don’t expect to see, without the monitor mode, clients of other WiFi networks that are not yours.
Recommendations and good practices
- It is recommended to periodically analyze the network to see that it is in the same state in which we left it.
- It is a good practice to inventory all the devices in our network, so that at any time we can identify any new device and analyze if it is a legitimate connection or if otherwise we have to further investigate what makes that device connected.