How do I remove an unknown device from my WiFi?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

To remove an unknown device from your WiFi network, you can follow these steps:

1. Open the Home Network Security app: Launch the app on your mobile device or open it on your computer. The app is designed to help you manage and secure your home network.

2. Tap the Menu icon: Look for the menu icon, which is usually represented by three horizontal lines or dots. It is typically located in the top left or right corner of the app’s interface. Tapping on it will reveal a list of options.

3. Tap Devices: In the menu, you should find an option labeled “Devices” or something similar. Selecting this option will display a list of devices currently connected to your home network.

4. Identify the unknown device: Scroll through the list of devices and look for the one that you want to remove. Unknown devices are often labeled with generic names or IP addresses that you don’t recognize. It’s important to double-check before taking any action to ensure you don’t accidentally remove a device you want to keep.

5. Select the unknown device: Once you have identified the unknown device, tap on it to access its settings and options. This will usually bring up a detailed view of the device, providing you with more information and control.

6. Deselect “Allow Home Network Access”: Within the device settings, you should find an option that allows you to control the device’s access to your home network. It may be labeled as “Allow Home Network Access” or something similar. By default, this option is usually enabled for all devices.

7. Disable network access for the unknown device: To remove the unknown device from your WiFi network, simply disable or deselect the “Allow Home Network Access” option. This will prevent the device from connecting to your network and accessing your resources.

8. Confirm the changes: After disabling network access for the unknown device, you may be prompted to confirm the changes. This is to ensure that you are intentionally removing the device from your network. Follow the on-screen prompts or confirmations to complete the process.

9. Monitor your network: After removing the unknown device, it’s advisable to regularly monitor your network for any new or suspicious devices. This can help you maintain the security of your home network and promptly address any potential threats.

10. Consider additional security measures: If you frequently encounter unknown devices on your WiFi network, it may be wise to consider implementing additional security measures. These can include changing your WiFi password regularly, enabling network encryption, or even investing in a more advanced network security solution.

By following these steps, you should be able to remove an unknown device from your WiFi network and ensure the security of your home network. Remember to always exercise caution and double-check before removing any devices to avoid accidentally disconnecting devices you want to keep.