Windows 7 - How do I view what is connected to my wireless network?

Asked By Bill & Debbie on 13-Feb-07 02:22 PM
Thanks in advance for your help.




David Hettel replied on 13-Feb-07 02:45 PM
Well you are not really giving us much to work with here. One way is to go
to your router's home page and look at the connections to the DHCP server,
it will have all devices listed that are connected to it. This will include
MAC address and may include names.

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Bill & Debbie replied on 13-Feb-07 03:20 PM
I realize I didn't give much information.  I was hoping that there would be
some general way using Windows to look at a wireless network and see its
status and what is connected.  I guess this is not an option.  Based on what
you have said, I guess the only way to obtain this information is to go to
the router and look it up.

The router I am using is the Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 and the OS is WinXP Home.

If you can tell me more, I would appreciate it very much.
Thanks for your help,
Bill
David Hettel replied on 13-Feb-07 04:18 PM
You might try something like http://www.lookatlan.com/ But most wireless
cards for windows do not support promiscuous mode, and with out that mode it
doesn't really work. You could also look at software that does a ping sweep,
but the devices need to respond to a ping for this to work. It depends if
you are looking for hidden devices or devices trying not to be seen.

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Jack \(MVP-Networking\). replied on 13-Feb-07 04:23 PM
Hi
Wireless computers do not connect to your computers (unless it is
specifically set to do so).
In common Wireless Networks like the one that you have any Wireless computer
that its parameters matches can connect to your Wireless Router. Once
connected to the Router they can use your Internet connection and the
Network.
I do not have a Buffalo WHR-HP-G54  were I am right now, but the Buffalo
just like any other Wireless Router, as a table that show the devices that
are connected to it. Log with your Internet Browser to the Router and take a
look (read the manual for specific instructions).
If you do not want Unauthorized connection you should use the security
setting of the Router.
The Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 is one of the best and offer WPA-AES which is
excellent Wireless security.
From the weakest to the Strongest..
No Security
MAC
WEP
WPA-PSK
WPA-AES
WPA2
-------------------------------------------
Wireless Security - http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
The security must be set according to lowest capable Wireless component.
I.e. even most of you Wireless are capable to do WPA2, but one device is
only capable to do WEP, the whole system must be configured to WEP.
Jack (MVP-Networking).
Thomas replied on 14-Feb-07 04:10 PM
I could be wrong but based on Bill & Debbie's actual question, could they not
just go: Start/ Settings/Control Panel/My Network Places or Network
Connections (depending on XP Home or XP Pro)?  From there they should be able
to see everything from a virtual standpoint as to what is connected to their
system.  This of course is providing they are talking just about their own
in-house setup.
Again, I am just speculating on the nature of the original question.
Thanks.
Jack \(MVP-Networking\). replied on 14-Feb-07 04:20 PM
Hi
The Start/ Settings/Control Panel/My Network Places or Network
Would show computers that are legally connected to the Network and are set
to Share resources (File Sharing).
If someone logs directly to the Wireless Router (like dishonest neighbor) it
would not show on any of the Networked computers.
Jack (MVP-Networking).