I have just installed Windows 8.1 and I have noticed a mystery device being detected under Networks.
Here is a screenshot showing the device and its properties. It identifies itself as a Nexus 7 - a device I do not own:
When attempting to manually add the device through "Devices and Printers", the device shows up as seen in this image:
Attempting to add it results in "Windows doesn't have a network profile for this device".
This device has some interesting properties:
I've noticed that the first three bytes of the MAC address (OUI) are the same as my computer (MOOGAMING), however the second three are different. I'm unsure of the significance of this.
The device is showing up under a category of "Computers" as opposed to "Computer" like other computers do. Why would Windows categorize this device differently?
It does not appear in the attached device list of my router and doesn't appear to have an IP address.
It disappears and reappears in a seemingly random manor.
I've tried changing my SSID and the network key to no avail (I do not believe it is connecting through WIFI).
I am currently using a power-line adapter to connect my computer to the router downstairs. The computer has no WIFI or Bluetooth adapters.
I am going to try changing the Window's Workgroup, but I have no hopes for this. Ideally I would like to identify why it is detecting this device.
Any advice on how I can identify this device and prevent it from showing up is appreciated.
Created a shortcut to the device and then opened it in notepad. It contains the following information among others:
Having searched further, I have discovered that the connection type of Microsoft.Networking.WCN is actually the "Windows Connect Now" feature.
I have disabled the Windows Connect Now service and also disabled WPS on my router. The device has since not reappeared (touch wood).