Are your neighbours stealing your Wi-Fi? The easy router trick that reveals hidden devices hogging the connection

Wi-Fi theft is expected to become a growing problem as people try to lower their monthly expenses by stealing their neighbors’ internet.

But it can be a puzzling experience for anyone who has tried everything to boost their slower internet speed.

When you're home alone, not downloading a new game, or trying to stream a movie, there's little reason for your internet connection to lag


When you’re home alone, not downloading a new game, or trying to stream a movie, there’s little reason for your internet connection to lagPhoto credit: Twitter / @SkyHelpTeam

How can I tell if my neighbor is stealing my WiFi?

The biggest sign of this is when your WiFi is slow for no reason.

When you’re home alone, not downloading a new game, or trying to stream a movie, there’s little reason for your internet connection to lag.

If you’re suspicious, check your wireless router’s status lights.

Turn off all your personal devices that are connected to the internet.

When no devices are connected to the WiFi, the lights should not flicker or blink.

If this is the case, you know someone else is sneaking into your WiFi.

Brits are using increasingly cheeky methods to stop shameless neighbors from stealing their internet.

But the best way is to just boot them up digitally.

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To boot them:

Which trick you use depends on your internet service provider.


If you are a Sky Broadband customer, simply use tThe company’s own service checker All devices connected to your WLAN are displayed here.

If you don’t see a device, you can start it from there.


Virgin Media users need to access your hub’s advanced settings.

You can do this by typing Type in your browser’s address bar and the settings page will load.

If you have enabled modem mode on the hub, you must use it instead.

If prompted, enter the settings password displayed at the bottom of the Hub/Super Hub.

From there you can view the device connection status of your WiFi network and details of all devices connected to the Super Hub.


BT internet customers need to access your Hub Manager Home page.

To do this, open a web browser and type the following in the address bar and the page will load.

From your Hub Manager home page, click the My Devices tab.

Click the My Devices tile.

On this tab you will then see a map with the devices connected to your hub.

When the device is connected, the icon is green; If there is no connection, it is grey.


TalkTalk users must log into their router settings by opening a browser and typing in the address bar.

Once the admin page is open, login with your router username and password.

These details can usually be found on the sticker underneath the removable settings card on the back of your Wi-Fi hub.

After logging in, go to the Connected Devices page.

Here you can see a list of all the devices that are currently connected to your TalkTalk WiFi network.

To remove a device, simply click the trash can icon next to the device you want to remove.

TV now

Now TV broadband users need to type in a browser’s address bar to bring up the Now TV Hub 2 settings page.

When prompted, use admin and nowtv (all lowercase for your username and password).

Go to the Maintenance tab and select Connected Devices.

Here you should be able to see what devices are connected to your router.

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If your ISP is not one of the providers listed above, simply visit your company’s website to learn how to access your router settings and see your connected devices.

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Alley Einstein

Alley Einstein is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Alley Einstein joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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