Look around your home. How many gadgets do you own that connect to the Internet? From cellphones and tablets, to smart TVs and home security systems, everything seems to have Wi-Fi capabilities these days.
That's why it's annoying when your home network slows down - or worse, cuts off entirely. But if it happens, you shouldn't panic. We've got three tips to help you troubleshoot the issue, and get your devices back online without calling the IT guy.
1. See if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi
Most the time, your family, friends and you just log onto the Internet by tapping into your wireless router. All your digital devices use that Wi-Fi to connect. So, it's worth the money you pay every month, whether it's $25, $100, or somewhere in between.
Still, that's your hard-earned money, so you don't want thieves stealing your Wi-Fi. Yet, it's often pretty easy for people to do exactly that. They just need to be walking or driving by, or live close by, in order to pick up your Wi-Fi signal, if it's not locked behind a password. Note: Keep reading to find out how to find your router's password, and change it.
The site WifiHistoryView shows you who has been using your Wi-Fi. Most of the time, your Wi-Fi users will be your family and you. But, check out who's been using it, and you may be surprised to see that your neighbors and people wandering by have been using it, too.
WifiHistoryView taps into Microsoft's WLAN AutoConfig service, to show you a lot of your Wi-Fi's activity. Each time someone's device connects to the Internet with your Wi-Fi connection, WifiHistoryView shows you a slew of information, notably including the time it occurred, the Mac address, or the Windows Wi-Fi profile.