When using our Wi-Fi at home, few of us ever think to have a look to see which devices are connected to it at any given time. We just continue on browsing and assume that everything is as it should be. But, every now and then, some device name will pop up on your connected list that will look so unfamiliar that we are led to fixate on it.
We end up thinking, “is this someone piggybacking on my bandwidth?” Or worse, we can jump to the worst case scenario and wind up thinking, “is this a sophisticated virus?” Seeing as we were getting a number of messages from you concerning this exact problem, we thought we’d best have a closer look.
Of course, the device that we are here to talk about today is one that identifies itself on your network as a “Wistron Neweb Corporation” device. So, today we are going to explain exactly what this is and what it does. In addition to that, we’ll also go through how to get rid of it from your network.
Before we get stuck in, we should probably alleviate your fears a little. In this case, the device is rarely there for malicious purposes. In fact, it may well be something you are already very familiar with. With that, let’s get stuck right into it.
What is that?.. Why Wistron Neweb Corporation Device On My Network?..
We’re pretty sure that you may have already have figured this out, but when this name shows up on your network, it means that a device made by this corporation has connected to your network. The good news is that this means it is definitely not a virus or any form of malware.
The question still remains though as to how this device has managed to connect to the network without you even knowing what it is. The strange thing is that though the brand is relatively unknown, their components can actually be present in a lot of different devices. Unfortunately, this makes it even harder to identify what it actually is.
For us, the best way to get to the bottom of it is to download some simple bandwidth monitoring tools. Then, compare the results of this against the times when this mystery device is active. This should help narrow it down quite a bit.
That being said, there are a lot of us out there who have a huge range of smart home devices all working at once. So, to help you narrow down the results further again, have a look at the next section for a bit of helpful advice.
What Devices Should I be on the Lookout for?
As we mentioned earlier, there is very little to be worried about here. The chance of there being some ill intent behind this mystery device’s presence is minimal. So, many of you will be content to leave it here with your mind at ease. However, for the more curious among us, here’s how you can do a little bit of detective work and put the case to rest.
What we did is to analyze a list of devices that are manufactured en masse by the Wistron Neweb Corporation. What we found is that though you may know a device by a certain name, it may use the Wi-Fi system from this corporation.
Generally, these sorts of systems will be found in the most innocuous of home appliances. We’re talking smart fridges and other such appliances. So, definitely not a virus then!
But, considering that you are likely to only have a few smart devices such as the offending one, you should be able to narrow it down from here. Think as to what devices you have connected to your Wi-Fi in the recent past and you should find the culprit in minutes.
Is it Safe?
Pretty much 100% of the time, a Wistron Neweb Corporation device will be absolutely no threat to your home Wi-Fi. However, there are always a few exceptions to these kinds of rules. The one thing you should really watch out for is that this device isn’t causing you to exceed your bandwidth limits.
When this happens, your internet can slow to an absolute crawl, so it is best avoided at all costs. It is also worth checking that this device isn’t attempting to obtain any unusual looking requests for permissions on your network too.
Apart from that, there really isn’t anything to worry about it, and to be honest, we’re not even all that sure that there could be an opportunity for this technology to be used maliciously.
The Last Word
So, that’s about it for the Wistron Neweb Corporation for today. However, it must be said that as smart devices are becoming more and more widely used and available, so too will more manufacturers jump on the gravy train and start making their own.
Inevitably, this will lead to a whole new range of unfamiliar devices showing up on your Wi-Fi network, some of which will no doubt have very dubious and strange names.
Really, we can only think of one reasonable way to avoid this confusion and possibly fear in the future. What we would suggest is that you keep a note of each and every smart device that you bring into the home. This way, there can be no surprises.