Have you ever wondered who’s secretly using your home Wi-Fi while you’re watching your favorite show?

There is a free and open source tool, WatchYourLAN, they we can deploy and use with Docker to check precisely that.

Why using WatchYourLAN?

Imagine that there would be a tool, where in real-time, you see a list of devices connected to your network. There’s your TV, laptop, smartphone… and wait, what’s that unfamiliar device?

With WatchYourLAN, you can ensure that your home network remains both private and optimized for your use.

And the best of all, we can have it running in less than 5 minutes.

How to check devices connected at home?

You can find the project details at aceberg’s Github (great job!)

Watch your LAN - Docker container

Pre-Requisites!! Just Get Docker 🐋

Important step and quite recommended for any SelfHosting Project - Get Docker Installed

It will be one command, this one, if you are in Linux:

apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && curl -fsSL https://get.docker.com -o get-docker.sh
sh get-docker.sh && docker version

And install also Docker-compose with:

apt install docker-compose -y

Having Docker to help us actually makes the installation of WatchYourLAN pretty simple.

We just need to use the DockerHub Image of WatchYourLAN that you can find here.

And this simple configuration file to give the instructions to Docker that we want to deploy WatchYourLAN:

version: "3"
    image: aceberg/watchyourlan
    container_name: watchyourlan	
    network_mode: "host"        
    restart: unless-stopped
    - /home/your_user/Docker/watchyourlan/wyl:/data
      TZ: Europe/Paris              # required: needs your TZ for correct time
      IFACE: "eth0"                     # required: 1 or more interface, use the command 'ip link conf' and use the second entry
      DBPATH: "/data/db.sqlite"         # optional, default: /data/db.sqlite
      GUIIP: ""                  # optional, default: localhost
      GUIPORT: "8840"                   # optional, default: 8840
      TIMEOUT: "120"                    # optional, time in seconds, default: 60
      SHOUTRRR_URL: ""                  # optional, set url to notify
      THEME: "darkly"                   # optional

Deploy WatchYourLan Docker with CLI

Providing that the previous steps are clear, we can jump to our terminal and use:

sudo nano docker-compose.yml

This will open a text editor, where we can paste the following configuration file:

To save, use CTRL+O, then CTRL+X to exit.

Then just deploy the service with:

sudo docker-compose up -d

You are ready to discover the devices in your network with WatchYourLan, the service will be running in or localhost:8840 if you use the configuration file as it is provided.

Deploy WatchYourLan Docker with Portainer

If you are not confortable with the terminal, you can always install Portainer with Docker.

Then you just need to paste the configuration file above as a new Portainer stack, and you will have deployed WatchYourLAN with Docker, but with a GUI.


How to Deploy Nginx Proxy Manager

If you are interested in deploying a separated NGINX instance with Docker, I already created a guide for that here.

How to check server performance?

If you are already confortable with monitoring who is connected to your LAN and now want to see how is some server performing, you can check this guide to deploy NetData with Docker - A F/OSS tool to monitor server performance.