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Old Feb 15th, 2009, 10:35 PM   #1
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Check # of connections in Airport?

Help me ehMac! This has been bugging me all night!!

Is there a way to see the number of connections that are on my wireless network? For whatever reason by net has been going crazy slow the last few days, and I've started to suspect that someone has somehow gotten on to my network.

I have my doubts, truthfully, as my house is big enough, and other properties and the road are far enough away that if anyone was managing to get on my network I'd be amazed.

But I've gotten to the point where it's just bugging me that I can't figure out where to find this. Google has failed me, and playing with the Airport Utility has also failed me.

I'm running Leopard on a month old aluminum MB, 10.5.6. I'm looking for something like what my old Microsoft router could do, which was see how the different connections, and usually the computers' network names.

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I remember that there was a utility like that, but darned if I can remember the name...

While you're looking, howzabout changing the WiFi password and see if that changes the performance? (You do have a WiFi password, right? At least WEP, preferably WAP).
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A quick way to know if someone else is using your network is simple. Shut down every Mac on your system and watch the router/modem lights. If they show activity by blinking quickly, chances are someone is on your network. Turn off the router/modem and picture whoever it is suddenly shut down. Honest, it is a great feeling to know they have been terminated mid keystroke.

Then change the password.
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This method will provide you with the MAC addresses of all connected wireless devices. This works on Airport Utility 5.3.2
  1. In AirPort Utility, select your main Airport router.
  2. Click the Manual Setup button
  3. By default, you should arrive at the Summary pane. Near the bottom, there'll be a Wireless Clients field, indicating the number of connected clients.
  4. Mouse over "Wireless Clients:" You'll notice an arrow will appear beside Wireless Clients. Click it.
  5. You'll see a list of the MAC addresses of all the connected wireless devices and a graph showing their relative signal strength.

(In case you're unfamiliar with the concept, an MAC address is like a unique serial number assigned to any IP-based piece of hardware. It is different from an IP address. You'll need to correlate each wireless device in your house with the corresponding MAC address you see in Airport Utility. Don't forget to include Airport Express devices and any wireless gaming consoles that may connect via Wi-Fi.)
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Great description for those who use Airport Utility. I've added it here.

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This method will provide you with the MAC addresses of all connected wireless devices. This works on Airport Utility 5.3.2
  1. In AirPort Utility, select your main Airport router.
  2. Click the Manual Setup button
  3. By default, you should arrive at the Summary pane. Near the bottom, there'll be a Wireless Clients field, indicating the number of connected clients.
  4. Mouse over "Wireless Clients:" You'll notice an arrow will appear beside Wireless Clients. Click it.
  5. You'll see a list of the MAC addresses of all the connected wireless devices and a graph showing their relative signal strength.

(In case you're unfamiliar with the concept, an MAC address is like a unique serial number assigned to any IP-based piece of hardware. It is different from an IP address. You'll need to correlate each wireless device in your house with the corresponding MAC address you see in Airport Utility. Don't forget to include Airport Express devices and any wireless gaming consoles that may connect via Wi-Fi.)
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hate to say it but the slow down you're experiencing is more likely the result of probs with your isp... best place to start is to find out what you're paying for and then check your actual speeds at different times connected directly to the modem and then using your router so that you're sure where the prob is (with the isp or with your router)
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