These days, having a fast paced and reliable connection to the internet is an absolute necessity. We no longer consider it as luxury. Instead, we rely on it to conduct business, take care of our banking, and even to work from home. So, when something appears to be off and suspect, our tendency can be to immediately escalate ourselves into a state of panic.
But, the strange thing about all of this is, very few of us ever seem to take the time to figure out some of the strange things that can crop up every now and then. One of these events that seems to catch a lot of us off guard is when an unknown entity manages to access your Wi-Fi network.
Of course, the tendency can be to assume that someone has craftily managed to hack into our network and steal our bandwidth for free – but most of the time, this simply isn’t the case.
However, getting to know the ins and outs of how to manage your network can be a tough ask if you are not familiar with the process. So, when we see an unknown device connected, we begin frantically looking for ways to remove it from the system entirely. But, what if the device is completely innocuous and actually one of your own?
Strange as it sounds, this can happen. And, if you are reading this, we are willing to bet that it is currently happening to you. One such entity that can show up on your list of connected devices is one by the name of ‘Compal Information (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.’
Admittedly, this does look a little suspect, but once you know what it is, we’re sure you will change your mind. So, to get to the bottom of it, we’ve put together this little guide to explain what exactly is happening.
What Is Compal Information (kunshan) co. ltd On My Network and why is it on my Network?
To kick things off properly, the first thing that we should do is to explain exactly what Compal information actually is and what it does. That way, you won’t be so suspicious of it if it pops up again. When you see this entity on your connected list, all that it means is that a device manufactured by Compal Electronics has connected to your network.
Depending on where in the world you are, this is more likely to happen to you regularly. See, Compal are a Taiwanese tech company, and a rather famous one at that. They manufacture a wide range of things, but are perhaps best known for their TVs, tablets, and monitors.
If you’re still not all that familiar with them, it may surprise you to hear that you may have already used some of their tech without even realizing it! After all, their stuff gets distributed to some of the largest tech giants around the world such as Dell, Apple, HP, and Lenovo. More often than not, their stuff is used in HPs and Dells gaming rigs.
So, is it anything to worry about?
Having gone through all of that info above, you can see that there is at least a reasonable chance that there really isn’t anything to worry about. It isn’t a virus or anything like that, it just means that a device from this particular company is connected to your network.
We would love to narrow it down a little more than this, but seeing as they make such a vast array of products, it is pretty hard to say which one it is. But, there is something that you can do to narrow it down, if you are really interested in doing so. Let’s be honest. Who doesn’t love a bit of detective work?
All you need to do is get your hands on any bandwidth monitoring software. Using this you can then check the information that the device has shared about itself as it connected. Though this may not tell you exactly what it is, it will at least act as the initial clue to figuring it all out.
Which Devices can be easily identified?
There are probably hundreds of devices out there that have the potential to pop up as “compal information”. However, things get a little easier to figure out if they can be identified under the name of “compal kunshan”. If the device is using this name, this indicates that it is part of their recent range of smart devices.
This also means that they are much more likely to be recent additions to your household. This range of devices is mostly made up of things like smart watches and fitness trackers. Basically, things that you would almost forget that you had connected to your Wi-Fi at some point in the past.
So, if you have bought a Casio or Montblanc smart watch in the last while, you have almost 100% found your culprit. However, there is also a chance that the device is something much larger. Some companies are also using this tech to power their smart appliances, in particular refrigerators and TVs.
The Last Word
Hopefully, this little guide of ours helped you to identify the mystery device that’s been connecting to your Wi-Fi. However, if it hasn’t, it generally isn’t anything to be worried about.
That being said, if you are noticing that this device is hogging a great deal of your bandwidth, it may be a good idea to contact your internet service provider to straighten out the issue. Within minutes, they will be able to tell you if the device is in any way malicious or not.