What is PING? And what does it do?

The trusted PING command that has been available for years used to be the de-facto standard for seeing if a computer was up and running or if it was down. Simple example of how to use PING. In the following example, I have 2 computers connected to my computer network. The first is a computer at IP Address 192.168.1.102.  It is connected to the network and is currently powered on. The 2nd computer is at IP Address 192.168.1.101.  It is also connected to the network, but the power is currently…


What is the difference between an IP Address and a MAC Address?

What is the difference between an IP Address and a MAC Address? What is an IP Address? An IP Address is a numeric representation of a device (computer, game console, etc.) on a computer network that uses TCP/IP to communicate (the logical connection of most of the internet). What is a MAC Address? A MAC Address is a numeric representation of a device (computer, game console, etc.) on a computer network that uses Ethernet to communicate (the physical connection between most computers and…


Why do computers need both MAC Addresses and IP Addresses?

We know from previous posts that each computer has both an IP Address and a MAC Address assigned to it. But, why is this? If every computer in order to communicate with each other needed to be physically connected to each other, all networks either would become complicated very quickly or they would stay small. Imagine if in order to go to google.com you had to have a physical wire connecting your computer out to Palo Alto California, just to see their website.  Now imagine, you also needed a…


Who's On My Wifi version 1.1.0

The newest release of Who's On My Wifi version 1.1.0 is now available for download. In this release, Advanced Email Settings have finally been added to the email notification. This has been a request for some time. Support for logging in to an email system with a username and password before being able to send email has been added. As well as support for SSL for those email systems that require SSL usage to send emails. In particular, this will now work with webmail based systems such as Gmail…


Who's On My Wifi version 1.0.9

Version 1.0.9 of Who's On My Wifi was released today. This version did not add new functionality, but was actually to fix 2 bugs that had been detected. Bug #1.  The uninstaller bug.  Multiple users had mentioned that primarily on Vista and Windows 7, the Uninstaller would hang and not do anything.  This was because the Who's On My Wifi program was still running, and the Uninstaller wasn't sure how to remove a program that was still running in Windows 7 and Vista.  The Uninstaller has been…


Who's On My Wifi version 1.0.8

Who's On My Wifi version 1.0.8 was released today. The following features were added: No. 1.  A new middle tier version of Who's On My Wifi is now available.  Who's On My Wifi Professional is now available for $49.95 and a new version called the Ultimate version is now available for $199.95.  Previous Professional customers have been upgraded to the Ultimate edition free of charge. The new mid-level Professional version can detect up to 50 computers.  This should be enough for small businesses,…


Who Is On My Wifi version 1.0.7

Who Is On My Wifi version 1.0.7 is ready to be released. Version 1.0.7 contains the following upgrades. 1.  Added the ability to give a computer that has been detected a Description.  This is so once you've correctly identified a computer, you can give it a name that is easier to remember. 2. We've decided to increase the Home Edition limit from 10 computers to 20 computers based on user feedback. 3. Cleaned up the overall look of the Settings page. 4. Added the option to Minimize Who's On My…


Mentioned in PcMag Article

Who Is On My Wifi was mentioned on PcMag.com when they were discussing Cisco's Network Magic Pro 5.5. It is a quick mention as an additional tool that could help in network monitoring, but we appreciate any news coverage. You can see the article here. PcMag - Who Is On My Wifi mention


Who Is On My Wifi v1.0.6 release

We just finished the release of version 1.0.6 for Who Is On My Wifi. We weren't planning on having an additional release to the large 1.0.5 update so soon, but there were a few bugs that customers pointed out from the 1.0.5 update that we wanted to address quickly. The first change was that customers had mentioned that the initial registration reminder was really annoying because Who Is On My Wifi starts up with Windows.  Because of this, we decided to get rid of the initial registration…