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Verify Your Connected Devices (How To Step by Step Guide)

bare65
Advanced Tutor

Verify Your Connected Devices (How To Step by Step Guide)

To verify what all devices (cell phones, TV's, Hoppers/Joeys, Tablets, Gaming Consoles, etc) may be currently connected to your wifi network via your HT2000w modem you can follow these simple steps.

This is also a good way to verify that your neighbors, and/or house guests are not connecting to your network without your permission.

 

 

To start, you will need to open up your HT2000w System Control Center.

To do so, simply type 192.168.0.1 into your browser and click enter.

 

You will see the following screen...

(I've removed my personal SAN # from all screen shots)

 

Step 1: Click on the i icon

s1.png

 

Doing so will open up your HT2000w Advanced Configuration page.

 

Step 2: Under the Advanced Menu, click on the General + option.

 

s2.png

Step 3: Click on Connect Device Info

 

s3.pngUnder this option you will see a list of ALL devices that are currently connected to your wifi network (within the red circled area), as well as those devices that were previously connected at some point, but are no longer connected.

 

As you can see from my own screen shot, currently, the only thing connected to my HT2000w modem is my desktop computer via ethernet cable. I have had no additional devices connect to my modem since my last reboot.

 

Having multiple devices connected at any one time can really slow down your internet service and use up data that you may be otherwise unaware off, even if that device doesn't appear to be actively downloading content.

It's a good idea to get in the habit of manually disconnecting any devices that are not currently being used to ensure no additional data is being used by that device that your unaware of and if at all possible, disable any 'auto connect' feature your devices may have to prevent your devices from connecting automatically to your network.

 

If you do see any device/s connected to your network that you do not recognize, it would be a good idea to immediatley change your Network Name (SSID) and Password for both the 2.4GHz & 5GHz frequencies.

Doing so will immediatley disconnect all devices, including the ones you do not recognize, from your network until you can determine what it is. You will have to update your own devices with your new Network Name & passwords in order for them to connect again.

 

 

**This tutorial was created for those customers who, like myself, have a BASIC HughesNet set-up using an HT2000w Modem w/ built in wifi ONLY.

If you have connected a 3rd party router between your modem and network, any external devices that you may have connected via this advanced set up will not be visible from your HT2000w Advanced Configurations Page.

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monicakm
Senior

Re: How To: Verify your Connected Devices

Wonder why this doesn't see the six Google Home devices, two Alexa devices, wifi thermostat and six smart outlets, one smart bulb.  Oops, my cell phone is on wifi right now too.  

Liz
Moderator
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Re: How To: Verify your Connected Devices

This is great, bare65, thank you for taking the time to create this informative post!

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C0RR0SIVE
Associate Professor

Re: How To: Verify your Connected Devices


@monicakmwrote:

Wonder why this doesn't see the six Google Home devices, two Alexa devices, wifi thermostat and six smart outlets, one smart bulb.  Oops, my cell phone is on wifi right now too.  


If you have a third party router between the HT2000w and your network, it will not show your entire network.  The HT2000w only shows what is connected to it, it self.  Your network, is far from the typical network that most consumers have.


For instance, mine shows only ONE connected device, and none in the disconnected devices.  That would be my third party router.
ModemDevices.JPG

 

However, when I look at my router, this is what I see on my network.
ActualNetwork.JPG

monicakm
Senior

Re: How To: Verify your Connected Devices

You're right Corrosive, I do have a 3rd party router.  I'd just bought my Netgear when I upgraded to Gen 5.  It works better than the integrated wifi so I disbled the HN router.  What is it about my network that is far from the typical network that most consumers have? Smiley Surprised  And why do you have two routers?

C0RR0SIVE
Associate Professor

Re: How To: Verify your Connected Devices


@monicakmwrote:

What is it about my network that is far from the typical network that most consumers have?


The average consumer doesn't use their own router when they first sign up for internet service, they typically depend on the ISP supplied Router/Modem combo units like the HT2000w as it's cheaper up front.  If a user needs better range on the wifi, they will typically get extenders and install them, as they are cheaper than buying router that has a range large enough to cover their home.

 


@monicakmwrote:

Smiley Surprised  And why do you have two routers?


I have 3 (notice the name PFs# multiple times?)... Various reasons, can't really discuss, I also have one (the NightHawk) setup just as an access point, it does no routing of traffic.

monicakm
Senior

Re: How To: Verify your Connected Devices

Geez, you're not so typical  yourself Smiley Wink  I have a Netgear R6400 (AC1750) that was supposedly an overkill for wifi in my home but I still ended up needing to buy an extender (my router is on one end of the house).  Made all the difference!  

Corrosive, one more thing...you show a Chromecast.  Are you using a Chromecast on HN?  Are you on like a secret unlimited plan? Smiley Surprised  A few years ago I found out the hard way that Chromecast (and I understand Roku is the same) feed on your data 24/7 whether you're using it or not.  Even if it's off and the tv is off.  You have to unplug it keep it from using around 15-17MB/hour.  I'd love to be able to integrate it with all the GHs that I have.

C0RR0SIVE
Associate Professor

Re: How To: Verify your Connected Devices

I actually block my ChromeCast from accessing most of the web-services google uses, I also have the ability to throttle any connection I want to any speed, so if my Chromecast DID need something, it can't consume much more than 3MB an hour.

monicakm
Senior

Re: How To: Verify your Connected Devices

Really.  Is that all you're going to say about that?  I know you've seen my disheartening posts about the amt of data Chromecast uses.  Might you please share with us how that works?  Are the settings in Chromecast it's self or are there registry hacks or...?  What kind of results do you get?  Does the device stream anything while not being used?  I've got two of the 1st gen Chromecasts.  If I can "fix" this glaring issue of data usage, I'll be more than happy to purchase the newer model if needed.  PLEEEASE help!

BirdDog
Assistant Professor

Re: How To: Verify your Connected Devices


@monicakmwrote:

Really.  Is that all you're going to say about that?  I know you've seen my disheartening posts about the amt of data Chromecast uses.  Might you please share with us how that works?  Are the settings in Chromecast it's self or are there registry hacks or...?  What kind of results do you get?  Does the device stream anything while not being used?  I've got two of the 1st gen Chromecasts.  If I can "fix" this glaring issue of data usage, I'll be more than happy to purchase the newer model if needed.  PLEEEASE help!


It is the Backdrop changing images that eat a huge amount of background data even when the Chromecast is not being used if powered on. I used both options given here to tame it: https://www.howtogeek.com/337719/how-to-tame-your-chromecasts-background-data-usage/

 

I also made my own 1x1 pixel .bmp images using Paint instead of the author's images, the .bmp ones are even smaller in data size. Now the data use when the Chromecast is on (TV on) is maybe 3-4 MB depending how long the TV is on powering the Chromecast.