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  1.    26 Nov 2015 #1
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    ? mysterious cell phone in device manager ?


    Hi, I'm a retired programmer but I'm a little behind on all this wireless stuff. My suburb is way out in the mountains and only about half the people own cell phones because reception is so awful. I don't own one myself.

    Anyway I was in Device Manager today and saw a mysterious cell phone. I forgot exactly what heading it was under but the model was a LG-VS450pp and it had a MAC address. I have an Asus RT-N66U router and the firmware is up to date. In a few minutes the cell phone disappeared.

    Is this anything to be alarmed about? Or is it routine? I'm about 60 feet from a public road. Possibly a neighbor has this phone and my router detected it?
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  2.    26 Nov 2015 #2
    Join Date : Nov 2015
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    Windows 10

    I have more neighbours and they are way too close to me so I used to get phones, printers, nas devices, etc.

    What I did was go into my router and disable WPS ( WiFi Protected Setup ) which Win10 will pick up as networked devices although not part of your lan. I don't use WPS so disabling it was not an issue for me.

    They talk about other methods here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...fae84cd?page=3
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  3.    26 Nov 2015 #3
    Join Date : Sep 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    I Don't think it's anything to be alarmed about. Just make a note of the mac address and if the phone continues to appear consider Blocking it, at least, from connecting to your router by putting it on the "Banned MAC Addresses" list?
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  4.    26 Nov 2015 #4
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    Windows 10 Home

    In the Device Manager Network Adapters/Wireless LAN, Right click Wireless LAN. Click Properties. Under "Advanced" tab, Disable Radio on/off (and everything else EXCEPT country/region]. Reboot. That should take care of it.
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  5.    26 Nov 2015 #5
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Quote Originally Posted by ambimom View Post
    In the Device Manager Network Adapters/Wireless LAN, Right click Wireless LAN. Click Properties. Under "Advanced" tab, Disable Radio on/off (and everything else EXCEPT country/region]. Reboot. That should take care of it.
    Wouldn't that completely remove his ability to use wifi?
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  6.    26 Nov 2015 #6
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    Windows 7 (SP1)

    Quote Originally Posted by sgt panties View Post
    Hi, I'm a retired programmer but I'm a little behind on all this wireless stuff. My suburb is way out in the mountains and only about half the people own cell phones because reception is so awful. I don't own one myself.

    Anyway I was in Device Manager today and saw a mysterious cell phone. I forgot exactly what heading it was under but the model was a LG-VS450pp and it had a MAC address. I have an Asus RT-N66U router and the firmware is up to date. In a few minutes the cell phone disappeared.

    Is this anything to be alarmed about? Or is it routine? I'm about 60 feet from a public road. Possibly a neighbor has this phone and my router detected it?
    Nothing to be alarmed about, as many phones move they are looking for so called 'hot spots' and make themselves known to any wireless router within range. So long as you have set a strong encryption key you should be okay.
    However there are some companies that set their routers up (B.T. for example in the U.K.) so that that anyone with a suitable user name/password can use bits of bandwidth from that router though it's easily stopped by either using your own router or opting out the system, if allowed. If this is the case don't be worried about what they download your ISP knows it was downloaded by someone connected to your router via this service, though the thought of some things they could download via your router is disturbing.

    this may give you a clue as how it works.
    Get wireless Internet | Find wi-fi hotspots | BT Wi-fi
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  7.    26 Nov 2015 #7
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    I would change the password for your WiFi, If you need some guidance I think this is the PDF manual for your router from Asus web site. http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/wir..._B1_Manual.zip

    When choosing an encryption method choose WPA2-PSK (AES) It's the fastest


    • Open (risky): Open Wi-Fi networks have no passphrase. You shouldn’t set up an open Wi-Fi network — seriously, you could have your door busted down by police.
    • WEP 64 (risky): The old WEP encryption standard is vulnerable and shouldn’t be used. Its name, which stands for “Wired Equivalent Privacy,” now seems like a joke.
    • WEP 128 (risky): WEP with a larger encryption key size isn’t really any better.
    • WPA-PSK (TKIP): This is basically the standard WPA, or WPA1, encryption. It’s been superseded and isn’t secure.
    • WPA-PSK (AES): This chooses the older WPA wireless protocol with the more modern AES encryption. Devices that support AES will almost always support WPA2, while devices that require WPA1 will almost never support AES encryption. This option makes very little sense.
    • WPA2-PSK (TKIP): This uses the modern WPA2 standard with older TKIP encryption. This isn’t secure, and is only a good idea if you have older devices that can’t connect to a WPA2-PSK (AES) network.
    • WPA2-PSK (AES): This is the most secure option. It uses WPA2, the latest Wi-Fi encryption standard, and the latest AES encryption protocol. You should be using this option. On devices with less confusing interfaces, the option marked “WPA2” or “WPA2-PSK” will probably just use AES, as that’s a common-sense choice.
    • WPAWPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES): Some routers recommend this free-for-all option. This enables both WPA and WPA2 with both TKIP and AES. This provides maximum compatibility with any ancient devices you might have, but also ensures an attacker can breach your network by cracking the lowest-common-denominator encryption scheme. This TKIP+AES option may also be called WPA2-PSK “mixed” mode.
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  8.    26 Nov 2015 #8
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    Windows 10 Home

    Quote Originally Posted by heypaleblue View Post
    Wouldn't that completely remove his ability to use wifi?
    Do you think I could respond to this forum if my wi fi wasn' t in use.. The radio picks up any equipment within reach that is seeking a network.. By disabling, the only network that you will see iis your own
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  9.    26 Nov 2015 #9
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Quote Originally Posted by ambimom View Post
    Do you think I could respond to this forum if my wi fi wasn' t in use.. The radio picks up any equipment within reach that is seeking a network.. By disabling, the only network that you will see iis your own
    Yeah, its called ethernet...or built in cellular? Which would make sense considering the OPs situation
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  10.    26 Nov 2015 #10
    Join Date : May 2015
    Central IL
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    Mac OS Sierra

    A lot of USB & Blue Tooth devices are mislabeled as Cellphone devices by Windows. If it was on the network, it would never show up in Device Manger. Personally I would not even worry about it. Most likely it is something that was hooked up to your computer via USB or Bluetooth and you have not used it since.
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