Windows 10: Mystery Phone Listing on Network Solved


  1. Posts : 220
    64-bit Windows 10 Home ver.1607
       31 Jul 2015 #1

    Mystery Phone Listing on Network


    I upgraded my desktop PC and my laptop to Windows 10. All went fine. However, my desktop and laptop network icons show a phone that I don't have (I think it's an Android). My network map (in Netgear genie) doesn't show anything that shouldn't be there. It doesn't appear when I click on the network symbol in the notification area, either. IP config /all doesn't show it, either. It appears only when I click the desktop network icon (illustration). What is that listing and how do I remove it? Thanks.
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  2.    31 Jul 2015 #2

    That's actually been happening in Windows for a long time, even back to windows 8 I was seeing it randomly appear (it can be different devices). It seems to be some kind of false positive detection.

    Some suggest that this is neighbors connecting to your wifi network. The idea is that the MAC address may be propogated, even though these neighbors are not actually authorized for your network (ie, your router is advertising these mac addresses, but they can't actually use your network, but for some reason they still show up in the list of connected devices).

    When you check your WIFI router, the devices won't be listed there, since they haven't been given IP's.. but something in the network architecture still allows MAC advertisement.
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  3. Posts : 3,195
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       31 Jul 2015 #3

    Windows Devices and Printers in computers with a Bluetooth Wireless adapter can pick up nearby cellphones that have Bluetooth Wireless in them, also other types of devices with Bluetooth. In order to be of use they have to be Paired, usually need a number entered on both to work so physical proximity is important to do so.
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  4. Posts : 220
    64-bit Windows 10 Home ver.1607
    Thread Starter
       31 Jul 2015 #4

    Well, we occasionally turn our iPhone's Bluetooth on, but that's it. I would think that the device would then show as my iPhone, not what appears to be an Android device. So you're suggesting there's a cell phone nearby with its Bluetooth on that I'm "seeing"?
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  5.    31 Jul 2015 #5

    gogreen said: View Post
    Well, we occasionally turn our iPhone's Bluetooth on, but that's it. I would think that the device would then show as my iPhone, not what appears to be an Android device. So you're suggesting there's a cell phone nearby with its Bluetooth on that I'm "seeing"?
    Not necessarily, this often is mis-identified. right click on it and choose properties, check the MAC, then compare it to your phones.
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  6. Posts : 3,195
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       31 Jul 2015 #6

    So you're suggesting there's a cell phone nearby with its Bluetooth on that I'm "seeing"?
    Yes. my computers see one now and then but since I don't have it at hand it isn't able to be Paired.
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  7. Posts : 220
    64-bit Windows 10 Home ver.1607
    Thread Starter
       31 Jul 2015 #7

    Yes. my computers see one now and then but since I don't have it at hand it isn't able to be Paired.
    Sounds like this is the case. I wonder if it's a neighbor's phone that my network sees in passing.

    Not necessarily, this often is mis-identified. right click on it and choose properties, check the MAC, then compare it to your phones.
    Yeah, I checked it out. The MAC address isn't even close to any of my equipment's MAC addresses.
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  8.    23 Nov 2016 #8

    How about now?


    Berton said: View Post
    Yes. my computers see one now and then but since I don't have it at hand it isn't able to be Paired.
    I've not even got a bluetooth device on my PC, checked the router and access point to ensure these strange phones aren't connected to the network(which they aren't(apparently))...?
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  9.    24 Nov 2016 #9

    Since I got a new Router I also have that mysterious Phones listing on Network.
    I disabled the UPnP Function on Router and seems problem is gone.
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