1.    07 Aug 2017 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    Minnesota
    Posts : 48
    Windows 10 Pro

    Why Is Windows Hosting a Network Called Direct-xxxxxxx


    So, recently, my Windows 10 Pro Laptop starts randomly shutting off the WiFi. I go into "Network Adapters" and my computer cut my WiFi to host a network called Direct-iGE5msPN. It often changes names so that's why I put x's in the title. Do I have a virus? If not, what is it doing? Attached is a screenshot. I censored the WiFi/Ethernet network for privacy reasons. Also I have the Hyper-V Network Bridge thingee. This Direct-xxxxxxx network popped up even before Hyper-V
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  2.    07 Aug 2017 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish expat in Germany
    Posts : 12,960
    Windows 10 Pro

    Are you using Miracast, casting from Windows 10 to a wireless display like a smart-TV or Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter? A Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter is used for that, highlighted in screenshot is my current one which allows me to use a Miracast supporting smart-TV as an additional display:

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    Although it is always shown as not having network access, it works perfectly. You should not manually remove / edit this adapter's settings.

    Kari
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  3.    07 Aug 2017 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    Minnesota
    Posts : 48
    Windows 10 Pro
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Are you using Miracast, casting from Windows 10 to a wireless display like a smart-TV or Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter? A Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter is used for that, highlighted in screenshot is my current one which allows me to use a Miracast supporting smart-TV as an additional display:

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    Don't Have Mircast on, but yes there is a Roku in our house
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  4.    08 Aug 2017 #4
    Join Date : May 2015
    Central IL
    Posts : 4,232
    Mac OS Sierra

    It is because some Android devices put out “Direct” and then android qnd the part of the MAC ID for cast on it. My NVIDIA shield does it all of the time, so I really do not even worry about it.
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