Windows 10: What is this network device?

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
  1.    21 Jun 2016 #1

    What is this network device?


    I woke my desktop PC from sleep this morning, clicked on Network and immediately spotted a Phone in the device list that doesn't belong to anyone here (a Blu brand phone which is unusual enough that I would know about it).

    I clicked on the device and was able to view the MAC address, but nothing else useful. A couple minutes later it disappeared from the network list.

    Then a few minutes later I went and looked at another PC on the same home network and saw the same phone in its Network list. It also disappeared a couple minutes after I clicked open 'Network'.

    Scanned both PCs with various anti-malware programs including Malwarebytes - they look clean.

    Any suggestions on what I was seeing, and if it's malicious how to deal with it?


    UPDATE: It popped back up again. I checked my router's connection list and don't see it there. For now I blocked the MAC address in my router but would still like to know where this is coming from.
    Last edited by Carnivore; 21 Jun 2016 at 15:07.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    21 Jun 2016 #2

    Could it be a neighbors phone with Wi-Fi turned on?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    21 Jun 2016 #3

    That was a thought but my WiFi has a pretty strong WPA2 password so I don't think he should be able to jump onto my WiFi and show up in my Windows network list.

    I was wondering if it's some kind of hack.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    22 Jun 2016 #4

    I think that just stops them from access. I don't think that stops them from showing up on your network. If I'm wrong someone will come along that knows for sure.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    22 Jun 2016 #5

    This is a weird problem I've been seeing in windows for years now (not just windows 10). I've been unable to figure out what it is, but we're not alone in this, I did some research a while back and a lot of other people were seeing it as well.

    Some suggest it's a bug in the network stack. Some suggest it's neighbors who are connecting somehow, but not able to use the network. Regardless, it's not an uncommon problem and doesn't seem to be anything worry about. Here's some examples:

    Solved Strange phones in network - Windows 10 Forums
    Strange phones listed on Network heading
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    22 Jun 2016 #6

    Thanks Mystere, that is strange but helpful.

    I haven't seen that phone make another appearance since I blocked its MAC address in my router. Based on those previous threads I'll keep an eye on it but not worry too much for now.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  7. Posts : 3,201
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       22 Jun 2016 #7

    One other issue some folks have is with computers [usually Notebooks] that have a Bluetooth adapter and are seeing cellphones when they get within range, usually not a problem if they don't get paired.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    22 Jun 2016 #8

    Berton said: View Post
    One other issue some folks have is with computers [usually Notebooks] that have a Bluetooth adapter and are seeing cellphones when they get within range, usually not a problem if they don't get paired.
    Doesn't the pairing have to be OK'd on both devices?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  9. Posts : 3,201
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       22 Jun 2016 #9

    Winuser said: View Post
    Doesn't the pairing have to be OK'd on both devices?
    I've had a cellphone show up in Devices and Printers without having been paired, apparently just telling me it was available.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  10. Posts : 4,333
    Win 10 Pro x64
       22 Jun 2016 #10

    Those are probably just devices on discoverable mode. The owner of the device should be worried. Not you.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Related Threads
I'd like to make a shortcut to Device Manager/Network Adapters/Nvidia nforce networking controller. Or, better still, a batch command to disallow the device from waking the computer. The problem is that it frequently reverts to allowing wake,...
I am not a networking expert, but in the past have been able to figure out how to keep a network of several home PC's running several versions of Windows. Now, however, with Windows 10, I have having difficulties, and would greatly appreciate any...
Solved Explorer missing a network device in Network and Sharing
Hi, Missing network device - EXTERNALDRIVE Since the last Windows 10 update which I installed on Dec. 9 I am missing one devices in Explorer > Network on one of three network computers. They are all present on the other two computers. One of...
network changed to media device in Network and Sharing
Hi, I have 2 computers on a workgroup network. I don't use Home network. This was working right before. Now, the second computer shows up as a media device on the first computer. Media Steaming is off. The network page says computer1 and...
So originally I upgraded my mini PCI card and was trying to get that working... It was recognized in the device manager but not the network connections.. I could not see the adapter to use or enable/disable etc despite having the drivers up to date....
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:59.
Find Us