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Unknown "Generic" Computer in my Network Every day

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Hi gang!!

I'm hoping someone can help me to understand why all of a sudden, for the last 2 weeks, some random computer shows up in my network everyday and how to get rid of it. It's the same MAC Address, so I know it's the same computer from Texas Instruments. I don't have anything in my home from them. And it says "Generic Network Connected Device". (Screen shot attached)

I run Windows 8.1 and my laptop is an HP and is protected by Windows Defender.

Thank you for your help!!


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Probably a neighbor's device (how do you know it's a computer?). A device with wireless capability within range of your router (or wireless access point) will try to connect, discover that the network is encrypted, and give up until later. During the attempt you will see what you show in your screen shot.
Hi Terry!!

Thank you for your time.

I'm assuming it's a computer by the icon. Normally if it's some random phone, it shows up as a phone, and my son's Xbox shows as a computer. The top of the screenshot says "Generic Network Connected Device" so I'm assuming that means it's connected to my network.

I got hacked a little while ago and now all of a sudden these random things show up in my network and I was wondering if it was Spyware. This computer just started showing up about 2 weeks ago and it's there all the time, every day.
so I'm assuming that means it's connected to my network.
If it is really connected to your network it has an IP address, and the IP address should be shown in your screen shot.

and it's there all the time, every day.
I realize that this is going to sound sarcastic, but if you are spending all your time staring at that page you might consider shutting the computer down and doing something else. :D Are you sure it is there constantly, and doesn't come and go?
Thank you for your time.
You're welcome, Lynette. :)
1. Texas Instruments has not made computers in decades. I suspect it is NOT a computer.
2. Do you have a digital recording device that turns on everyday at the same time? (TI might have made the hardware for the internals in the DVR unit).
How about a security camera?
3. You can block MAC addresses on your router setup page. I actually whitelist the few devices that I allow to use our network.

You can try blocking the address then see what in your home stops doing what it does at the time you generally see it.
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