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Someones phone was connected to my network! Why and how?

  1. #41


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hi Guys,

    Update for you after a hard slog out with Windows 8

    Disable the 'HomeGroup Provider' Service in Administrator Tools in Control Panel and let me know your findings.

    If you make use of the HomeGroup then this will be an issue but if you don't use it, it should stop these ghost devices appearing.

    I have no use for the HomeGroup but I am swaying on the logic there is a bug in the service somewhere.

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  2. #42


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by orbs80 View Post
    Hi Guys,

    Update for you after a hard slog out with Windows 8

    Disable the 'HomeGroup Provider' Service in Administrator Tools in Control Panel and let me know your findings.

    If you make use of the HomeGroup then this will be an issue but if you don't use it, it should stop these ghost devices appearing.

    I have no use for the HomeGroup but I am swaying on the logic there is a bug in the service somewhere.
    Seems like a very dirty workaround... I hope MS will address this issue asap.

    Ok, I've disabled the 'HomeGroup Provider' service and made sure it's not running, but the devices still pop up...
    Last edited by MrBreaker; 13 Nov 2012 at 03:18. Reason: additional info
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  3. #43


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro


    That's pretty pants

    MS have passed all the information on to HQ anyway so I guess it'll be fixed in the first service pack

    Basically, they don't know what is causing it and have no real answers, although disabling the HomeGroup Provider worked for me it isn't working for you. Most odd.
    Also doing a cross comparison with Windows 7 Networking and Windows 8 there is not much difference on the surface apart from the way the HomeGroup works and the fact you can no longer switch between Public, Home and Work Network scenarios.

    You'd think they would have at least have been able to tell you what processes/services are used to automatically populate the Network section in File Explorer. I hate the way they are not proactive with updates to fix issues and collate them for a later cumulative update or even wait for a service pack.
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  4. #44


    Exeter
    Posts : 7
    windows 8 pro


    Just to confirm disabling homegroup has worked for me too.
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  5. #45


    Exeter
    Posts : 7
    windows 8 pro


    Forget what i put above, disabling homegroup has made no difference.
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  6. #46


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by exeuser View Post
    Forget what i put above, disabling homegroup has made no difference.
    Yeah, after a day or so they all came back on mine as well. I think MS need to look further in to this and it seems to be full of theory at the moment.
    Oddly though I only get 2 devices on mine. not both together but 1 or the other. n0xx and nakasi. I also have 2 Blackberry devices connected to my router. Although the MAC addresses do not match between these ghost devices and my physical Blackberry devices and the information is completely out it could be that Windows 8 is misinterpreting the devices as the Blackberry devices I have cannot connect to Windows wirelessly and need to be connected via USB.

    Microsoft has mentioned to me that the Network and HomeGroup in Windows 8 feeds from information from the connected devices in the router.

    Again this is just a theory and I doubt currently we will get any definitive answers apart from someone cracking it and solving why these devices are appearing.

    *UPDATE*

    LT30P has also appeared as some of you have experienced and I believe this is the Sony Experia S that has recently come out. The trend seems to be they are all brand new devices recently on the market.
    Last edited by orbs80; 14 Nov 2012 at 13:32.
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  7. #47


    Posts : 1
    MS Windows 8 Pro


    hello same here, m0xx samsung device, iv got virgin superhub as well , seems like in my case the device changes its mac everyday, ( so far by now 3 days in a raw) bloody ms spunks
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  8. #48


    Posts : 1
    windows 8 pro 64bit


    Same here i am also running virgin superhub and m0xx appears in my network screen its mac changed between: 5c:0a:5b:c1:de:8b and 88:30:8a:39:6d:6d.
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  9. #49


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hello All,

    I am also experiencing the same mystery devices on my network labelled m0xx, Viera, and Nakasi. I wrote to Microsoft about this and received a reply from their tech support. According to Tech support, the devices that I am seeing are all android devices already on the network and what I (we) are seeing is the software the devices use to communicate, hence the randomness. With Windows 8, the default is to show everything that is on your network, where previous versions of Windows - Vista and 7, the device chatter was previously suppressed.

    *edit* Nakasi
    Last edited by petseven; 14 Dec 2012 at 07:50. Reason: spelling correction
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  10. #50


    This problem has been around since Windows 7 with devices connected to your neighbors WiFi showing up in either the network map with Windows 7 or on the device list with Windows 8.

    It does NOT mean that someone has hacked into your network. It's just showing locally connected devices that aren't necessarily connected to your network. It's not a security leak.
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