If you have access to your router’s administrative panel, you can view which devices are currently on the network. Of course, that access is rarely available to everyone on the network. Only specific users have access to it, even if you’re at home and not at work. The reason is simple; a lot can be changed/configured from the router’s admin panel and it shouldn’t be open to everyone. If you do not have access to the router’s admin panel, but you’d like to view all devices connected to the network, you can use Fing.
View all devices connected to network
Download Fing and install it on your desktop. You will have to sign in to the app and in order to do that, you have to create an account on the Fing website. It’s a free account and you have the option to use either Facebook or Google to sign up.
When Fing first installs, it runs a check on your network to make sure everything is running. Again, you don’t need administrative access to the router in order for these checks to complete. It is a good idea to address any problems you might find.
Go to the Connectivity tab, and click the Scan for devices button under your network name.
The scan only takes a second and the list you get will identify the device by type i.e., phone, desktop, tablet, the router, any access points, printers, etc., and it will also tell you what OS the device is running.
If you click one of the listed devices, you will see when it was last online, its MAC address, and its IP address. Within Fing, you can assign names to these devices e.g., add a name that tells who the device belongs to. This makes it easy to see when an unauthorized device is on the network. It’s especially useful if you have a lot of Android devices on the network. They do not allow users to set a device name. iPhones can have a device name so they’re easier to identify.
As for blocking or booting a device from the network, that is beyond Fing’s capabilities. You can only boot a device from your router’s admin panel and the same goes for blocking. The router is where you can blacklist devices by their MAC address and prevent them from connecting but Fing doesn’t have that kind of access to your router, and it can’t access it either.