What to do if your computer shares a wireless network DIRECT-PC NAME

Wireless network access points can be created not only by mobile phones but also by laptops and modern desktop computers. Windows may enable this feature without user permission, which can cause suspicion of a virus infection. However, in most cases, the sharing of a wireless network is enabled for legitimate reasons.

The network name typically starts with “DIRECT” followed by the computer name and a few letters. A new section called “Wi-Fi Direct” in the Task Manager’s “Performance” tab also indicates the presence of a wireless network.

task manager wi fi direct tab
task manager wi fi direct tab

Note: Wi-Fi Direct is a wireless communication standard that allows you to establish a direct (without a router) connection between devices.

Why the PC shares the DIRECT-NamePC network

Enabling the “Project to this PC” function automatically creates the “DIRECT-PC-NAME” network. The feature itself transfers mobile device screen’s content to a computer. Disabling screen projection in the “Settings” app under the “System” section, will disable the DIRECT network associated with the computer name. To do this, go to the “System” section of the “Settings” application , switch to the “Projection to this computer” subsection and set the value to “Always disabled (recommended)” . As a result, the DIRECT wireless network with the computer name will be disabled.

disable direct wifi network
disable direct wifi network

There are other scenarios where a computer can share the internet. Those include the Mobile Hotspot function, third-party applications for wireless data exchange, or creating an Ad-Hoc wireless local network with Windows tools.

Looks like you've read the post to the end. If you enjoyed it, please share it. You would greatly help our blog to grow!

Author: The MFTNEXT Team

The MSFTNEXT project is a small team of authors who love to engage with the latest technology and gadgets. Being passionate Windows bloggers, we are happy to help others fix their system issues.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.