Computer Newbies forum


Does anyone else have access to my wifi router?

I have gotten my new wireless router since late November and it has been functioning great ever since. However sometimes my speed is not so fast or efficient am wondering if its because the router has been on a lot throughout the day without a reset or break. I also do that online speed test sometime and I guess it shows ok sometimes. My other thing is that I'm wondering if it is because 3rd party has access to my wireless network and is sharing the bandwidth? I've been searching online if this is possible and found this article: 
So am kinda worried lol, my friend however tells me that the wireless is encrypted with a key???

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Does anyone else have access to my wifi router?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Does anyone else have access to my wifi router?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Rarely that.

In reply to: Does anyone else have access to my wifi router?

1. WiFi is too easy to interfere with. I use my Android phone and the app WiFi Analyzer (free) then check the router's channel and see if I can do better.

2. Most W10 machines share Windows Updates. I never do that since I want all my speed. Disable it like this:

3. Other common impacts are:
a. This PC has a HDD. That's now not what folk want.
b. The PC needs a Speccy report and reading (we do that here.) If you want to try that, read
c. Many of the Antivirus products slow down a PC. I'm using Windows Defender, Ublock Origin and Ghostery for my PC protection. I don't need more since I don't visit bad sites or torrent.

Collapse -
Go into your router settings

In reply to: Does anyone else have access to my wifi router?

You can easily check if someone is using your internet by going into your router settings.

1. open any browser and type in your router's ip address.
1.1 if you don't know your router's ip. Go into your search bar -> type in cmd -> type ipconfig and press enter. Where it says default gateway, that's the ip you want to copy and paste into your browser's address.
2. you will then be asked to signed into your router. If you changed your login info before, then use that same login info. If not, you might have to search your router online to see what the Default login info is. If not just call your Internet Service Provider.
3. All routers are different, so to check who is using your wifi, it might be under devices tab, or wireless (depends on router).
4. Once you found the right tab it should give you a list of devices that are connected to your wifi. You can easily log off all the devices you don't recognize and if you do find random devices in that list, I recommend you change your router's password.

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Here's Everything to Know About the 2019 Grammys

Find out how to watch the Grammy Awards if you don't have cable and more.