How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi network?

How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi network?

In this video tip, Mr. Noobie talks about the performance impact of connecting multiple devices to your home Wi-Fi network, helps you determine how many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi network and discusses what options you have to maximize your Internet and Wi-Fi connection.

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If I asked you how many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi network, could you tell me? Most people couldn’t. But the answer could have an impact on your Internet performance.

Hi, I’m Mr. Noobie and today I want to help you answer the question, how many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi network?

More and more connected devices over time

The day you first activated your Wi-Fi network in your house, you probably connected your laptop or your smartphone to it. But over time, you may have connected more and more devices.

Perhaps you connected another laptop, other family member’s smartphones, your iPad or other tablet and maybe a wireless printer. Then your kids got an iPod touch or a Nintendo DS or a new game system like the Xbox, Playstation or the Wii.

Or what about that new television or Blu-ray player that connects to your Wi-Fi for smart apps or additional movie content? Or that fun, new Amazon Echo you just purchased.

Even those smart home devices like security cameras or the ones that help you turn your lights on and off remotely may be using your Wi-Fi connection.

Use the Fing app to monitor connections

As you can see, it may be difficult to assess just how many devices are using your home Wi-Fi network. An easy solution is to install an app on your smartphone that will scan your wireless network and tell you how many devices are actively connected to it. I use a free app called Fing which is available for both iOS and Android. You can download the Fing app by visiting overlooksoft.com/fing. If you don’t have a smartphone or tablet, Fing has a desktop version available as well for both Mac and PC.

Armed with the Fing app’s report of how many devices are connected to your network, you now have a couple of choices. If your Wi-Fi network is already performing up to your expectations, you may not need to do anything. But if you think you are having Wi-Fi performance issues, disconnecting older devices that you no longer use or that no longer need access to your Wi-Fi network may help.

Assess your current Internet package

You may also discover that you don’t want to disconnect any devices from your Wi-Fi network and that having your Internet Service Provider assess your current Internet package or even upgrade to a faster Internet package is the best solution. The goal is to use the app to assist you in your decision process.

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