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Strange device in Windows Explorer Network Devices


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#1 rufus1001

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 04:26 PM

I am running Windows 7 Ultimate. I have a password-protected wireless connection to a combination DLink router/modem provided by my ISP. I have changed the factory settings for both network SSID and password.

My problem is this: In Windows Explorer, under network, there are 3 devices listed: my laptop, my wife's laptop, and a 3rd device that has 3 strange symbols followed by "-PC".

If I attempt to open this device, I am asked for my username and password, but I have yet to find anything that works. Right-clicking brings up 4 options: Expand (which also asks for name and password); Connect with remote desktop connection (when I try this, windows tells me that it can't connect, which might mean that this computer does not belong to my network); Open in New Window (same problem as expand); and Scan with Spybot S&D (which only takes a second or less and returns no results). I have my wireless network set up with static IP addresses for each of 4 devices (our 2 laptops and 2 ipods). Looking at the router, it shows no other devices on our network. Each MAC address there belongs to one of our 4 devices. We have no internet connected gaming systems or TV's or anything. Hmm... also, file and print sharing is off and we are not using a homegroup.

This device does not show up on my wife's laptop Windows Explorer, though she is running the same version of windows and connected to the same network.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance for your help.

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