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Strange Allowed Device in Nearby Devices

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Noob2829, Sep 28, 2019.

  1. Noob2829

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    My husband's Galaxy S7 has an allowed device (to connect to your phone) under the Nearby devices setting. It reads as follows:

    Nearby devices
    Allow Linux/2.6.36.4brcmarm+,UPnP/1.0, Portable SDK for UPnP devices/1.6.25 to access your phone?

    Under content to share, all boxes are checked, including videos, pictures and music.
    We don't recognize such a device, but it must be nearby? Could someone please tell me what this device may be and where/how to look for it?

    Thanks.

     

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    Post #4 by Hadron, Sep 28, 2019 (1 points)
  3. Hadron

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    When I see a linux kernel version, something with "ARM" in it, and a reference to the UPnP Portable SDK, my first thought is an android device. But a web search also turned up a lot of references to routers. What router or other networked devices do you have? Or old android devices (as that kernel version is quite old).
     
    #2 Hadron, Sep 28, 2019
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  4. Noob2829

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    We have a Nighthawk R7000. On the network we have 2 Kindle Fire tablets (Fire HD 10 - 7th Generation), one Kindle Fire 7 (2015) and another S7(mine). We also have an Xbox One and a Wii if that matters at all (called myself noob for a reason lol).
    One thing that was odd that may or may not matter - one of the Kindles identified itself in Google Account Manager as an Asus device. Not sure why. We don't have an Asus device.
    Anyway. Thanks for any advice...
     
  5. Hadron

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    The Netgear Nighthawk R7000 firmware does seem to be based on that particular linux kernel build (or at least some versions of it are), so I think it's quite likely it's the router you are seeing.
     
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  6. Noob2829

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    Sorry if this is a dumb question. Does that mean something is installed on the router to share media files?
     
  7. Noob2829

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    And does it matter that UPnP is not enabled on the router?
    Thanks for all of your input. It is much appreciated.
     
  8. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    you should keep your phone visibility turned off. unless you need a device to connect to your phone. i never have mine turned on.
     
  9. Hadron

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    I think it probably just means that the device is capable of running UPnP, which is primarily used for media sharing.

    I've never used UPnP myself, so have no experience of it. Personally unless you have something you want to do that won't work without it I would disable it on the router, as it can be a security hole.
     
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  10. Noob2829

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    Thanks very much! Will follow your advice!
     
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