There is an unknown computer in my "shared" list in Finder

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ceciliailla, Aug 6, 2016.

  1. ceciliailla macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2016
    After a while of the Macbook being on, a computer appears under my "shared" list in Finder with this series of numbers and letters: brw1c3e841fd12e. It also says connection failed. How can I get rid of it? Is it dangerous? My Macbook is pretty new, like a couple weeks old and I don't understand how this computer could've gotten there. I noticed that when I turn the Wi-Fi off, the unknown computer disappears. After a while of turning it back on though, there it is again.
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Are you at a hotel of cafe or something where you are sharing wifi with other people? That is usually another computer or printer your Mac is seeing on the same network and common if you are on a shared, public network.
  3. ceciliailla thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2016
    uhm no, I'm at home and the Macbook hasn't left the house. I also do not have any programme like "Parallels" and such... You don't think it's dangerous then? I mean, I have a lot of laptops at home, I just thought it was odd that only one of them would show. The only other option then (if it really is one of my or my family's devices) is the printer. When I click on printers it shows the name of it (not brw1c3e841fd12e) , it's a Brother.
  4. MC6800 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2016
    That "brw" is most likely a Brothers wireless printer.

    Edit: see you found it!
  5. ceciliailla thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2016
  6. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Go sit at a Starbuck and start to freak out with all these other people getting into your computer! Think of it as Mac social network. Good thing is, you can just ignore them. Can even turn them off from displaying if you wish.

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