OpenWRT Router Plugin 1.0.1

Version 1.0.1 of Who Is On My Wifi OpenWRT Router Plugin was released this afternoon.

This release fixed bugs related to performance and optimization.

Bug Fixes:

Decrease memory usage on less powerful routers

We detected an increase in memory usage on smaller routers with lower ram.  We changed this to decrease the amount of total memory in use and remove unused components from memory.

Added changes to better handle network glitches and blocking

This newer version does a better job of detecting network issues like dropped network connections and responding to them accordingly.  It also does a better job of communicating with our servers to let it know how many devices it can effectively block and give more information.

Blocking Problems on Windows 8.1

Hi everyone,

We started hearing about a potential blocking problem regarding Windows 8.1

Since we regularly test our software on Windows 8 this seemed strange to us.  We originally thought this was probably a specific user or machine problem, perhaps a local anti-virus program or some administrative privileges not being set correctly that was causing the software to not work.

But, we decided that the problem warranted some further research.

In researching the problem, we discovered that several programs are having problems with WinPcap 4.1.3 on Windows 8.1.  Our software does not require WinPcap in general, but for the blocking feature, WinPcap is required.  So, this seemed like a likely culprit.  If WinPcap isn’t working on Windows 8.1, then blocking won’t work on Windows 8.1.

The Problem

The problem with WinPcap 4.1.3 that is installed on Windows 8.1 is that during installation a registry key is set incorrectly.  Specifically the regkey:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NPF\Start

This should have a value of 3, but for some reason after installation has a value of 1 or 0.

The value of 3 means that the service will always start on demand, where values of 1 or 0 do not auto-start the service correctly.

Our Test

So, to verify this was the problem, we went ahead and upgraded our Test Windows 8 machine to Windows 8.1, and started testing blocking.

However, blocking was still working.  The reasons that it was still working is because WinPcap 4.1.3 set the registry keys correctly when it was installed on Windows 8.  And upgrading to Windows 8.1 did not change the registry keys.  So this is why we did not experience the same problems as someone installing a fresh copy of WinPcap 4.1.3 on Windows 8.1

That is what we know about this problem so far.

Results

If you have a Windows 8.1 computer that has never had Who’s On My Wifi or WinPcap 4.1.3 installed on it, then it is likely that when you try to block an intruder and install WinPcap, you will receive an error at this time and blocking will not appear to be working.  The fix for now is after installing WinPcap to manually change the following registry key to 3:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NPF\Start

And then restart your computer.  Blocking should then work.

If you have a Windows 8 computer that was already running Who’s On My Wifi and WinPcap 4.1.3, and you upgrade it to Windows 8.1, then you shouldn’t have any problems.

Depending on what we hear from customers, we may go ahead and release our own fix to this problem, perhaps in an upcoming version 3.0.x that has this fix built into it.  Perhaps as an option that lets you change this key from within our software to make it more convenient.  It’s also very possible that WinPcap will release version 4.1.4 that has this fix built into it already.  If version 4.1.4 comes out, then we will just start distributing the new version of WinPcap instead of having a different fix.

Hopefully this solves the problem that some of you might be having.

OpenWRT Setup Video

The Who’s On My Wifi OpenWRT setup video is here!

In watching some early users, we saw that people were having a few problems getting the OpenWRT Router plugin installed on their OpenWRT routers by just using the Setup Wizard that is available in Online.

So, we created a setup and demo video to help get you started.

This is a simple setup wizard style video that shows you how to install Who’s On My Wifi on an OpenWRT compatible router.

It also goes through the process of connecting the router plugin to Who’s On My Wifi Online so that all of the features like text messages and historical reports are also compatible with the router.

We are very proud of these router plugins and hope that you find them useful.

Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35rGTuksdjE

New Mockup Demo

Hey everyone,

We wanted to let you know that we’ve created a quick new mockup demo that shows the problem that we’re trying to solve here at Who’s On My Wifi.

It’s just a mockup.

We are working on creating an official demo.

But, this seems to give people more of an idea of what we’re trying to do with our Windows software, routers, and Online service.

It all ties together, really just to solve this problem of letting people know if intruders are on their wired or wireless network.

Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJJNrTJrlvU

 

SXSW Buffalo Lounge Pitch Contest Winner!

Hey everyone,

We just wanted to let you know that Who’s On My Wifi was selected as the Startup Pitch Contest winner at the Oklahoma Buffalo Lounge at South by Southwest this past weekend in Austin!

The Pitch Contest had 10 Oklahoma based startups each showing off their latest creations and were judged on the pitch and viability of the product.

We wanted to say thanks to the Chamber of Commerce and I2E for hosting the event.

We also wanted to say thanks to the judges for selecting us.

It was an awesome experience to meet the other startup founders from across the state and to see and hear about all of the cool things that they’re working on.

You can read more about the Buffalo Lounge event at this page:

http://thebuffalolounge.com/interactive/

Thank you Austin!

OpenWRT Router Plugin

Who’s On My Wifi is proud to announce our first router plugin!

We have just released a Who’s On My Wifi router plugin available for OpenWRT!

Router options have been in development since early 2013, and they are a huge leap forward for helping people protect their wireless networks.

There is more information available at the OpenWRT page of our website:

http://www.whoisonmywifi.com/router/plugins/openwrt/

We have also created a Setup Wizard in Who’s On My Wifi Online to help you install the Who’s On My Wifi Plugin onto the router and connect the router to our online service.

And this is just the beginning

Who’s On My Wifi is now officially available on the router.  Having our software running directly on the router hardware itself instead of on a Windows desktop or server now opens up so many possibilities for you, our customer, that we are truly excited.

Please stay tuned.

There’s a lot more coming soon!

LMTV Interview

Hey everyone,

We were interviewed on Love My Tool TV on Wednesday, March 5th, at 11:30 am CST, 12:30 ET.

Love My Tool is a community based website dedicated to Network Monitoring and Network Management.

There was a panel discussion about wireless security, and why encryption isn’t always enough.

If you’d like to watch, here is a link to the Love My Tool website blog post about the interview.

http://www.lovemytool.com/blog/2014/03/lmtv-interviewing-john-kerber-of-whos-on-my-wifi.html

It has a youtube recording of the interview.

Text Message Alerts now available in Online

We have just released a new version of our Online system that allows for Text Message notification when an Unknown device is detected on someone’s local network.

All you need to do to set this up is go to Notifications and either Add or Edit a notification, and change the Notification Type from E-mail to Text, and then type in your Cell Phone number where you want to receive the real time alert.

Text Message alerts are currently only allowed for US phone numbers, but we hope to add support for additional countries soon.

We also added a “Send Test” button, so you can test that you are receiving the alerts correctly.  Just make sure you click the “Update” button, before you try to Send a Test to a new number.

Enjoy!

 

Version 2.0 is no longer available for Sale

Hi everyone,

Who’s On My Wifi version 2.0 is no longer available for sale on our old purchase page.

Version 2.0 marked a major break through for our company with Automatic Updates, multi network support, blocking, reporting all now becoming standard on what people expect from our software.

But version 3.0 has been available for 5 months now, and having both versions available for purchase was causing confusion and registration problems.  It was time to no longer make it available for sale to new customers.

If you are an existing version 2.0 customer, and you need to upgrade your software because you’ve gone over the device limit, or you’d like to use it on another machine, you can still easily do this through our Upgrades page at:

http://www.whoisonmywifi.com/purchase/upgrade

You just need your existing registration key which can be found on the Home screen of your software.

We will continue to support Version 2.0 through 2014.

And if you have any questions or problems, please let us know at our new support address (support at whoisonmywifi.com)

Thank you to all of our Version 2.0 customers.  Without your continued support, we wouldn’t have been able to continue to innovate and improve the product and make it something that people actually want to use.

 

Ghacks, LifeHacker, CHIP, and CNN Chile coverage

We just wanted to keep our regular readers up to date on Who’s On My Wifi being shown in the media in January.  This is the most consistent media coverage we’ve had to date, and we thought you’d like to see that other people are starting to hear about the product you’ve been helping us build over the years.

We were recently shown in a story on Ghacks:

http://www.ghacks.net/2014/01/14/whos-wifi-notifies-freeloaders/

And a story on LifeHacker:

http://lifehacker.com/who-is-on-my-wi-fi-shows-you-who-else-is-using-your-net-1504773036

Covered on CNN Chile:

http://www.cnnchile.com/noticia/2014/01/22/estan-usando-tu-wi-fi-sin-permisor

And covered in CHIP Magazine Germany.  Called CHIP de:

http://www.chip.de/downloads/Who-Is-On-My-Wifi_66610419.html

As well as covered in several online Spanish and Hungarian tech review sites.

Thank You:

It’s been a long road for us, and we’re very appreciative of the recent media coverage and of the customers and supporters who have been rooting for us and promoting us since the beginning.  Also, thank you to the online and offline media for covering our software and service.

We’ll continue to improve and enhance the software, website, apps, router plugins, etc. as we try to help people solve this problem of really knowing for sure, Who’s On My Wifi.