Is Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd a threat?


Hey everyone gimme your opinion on this please. I have recently installed GlassWire elite and enjoy it. I’ve come across a message in my “things” that says “Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd device joined the network.”

I’m not aware of what this is and I’ve never seen it before. I have to utilize a hardwire USB connection with PDAnet android application, through my android phone, to connect to the internet. (remote location not near good internet providers etc)

I’ve used PDAnet for almost 2 years and I’ve used the GlassWire free edition for several months and this has never come up. I’ve attempted to do an IP address search ( and the most I get is this is a private internet connection. Is there any way this could be identifying my PDAnet application? If not, can someone please help me figure out if this is a security concern etc? With the security concerns of the Chinese company HuaWei I’d really like to know what this is and if it’s safe.



My HP wireless printer shows up with that ID. Probably the brand of network interface that HP uses.

Network scanners typically look up the manufacturer code of the MAC address used by the NIC,


@UncleCarlT @zzz00m

I have also seen an HP printer (if I remember correctly) with that name. It’s Foxconn.

“Hon Hai Precision Industry has a big hand in making the devices you hold in your hand. The company, known by its trade name, Foxconn, is the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer.”


Okay, thanks Ken and zzz00m. I do not have an HP printer. Only Brother printer. But from what you’re saying it could be a TON of things. I’m going to assume it’s just because my phone is USB connected and move on as if it’s not a threat or concern. As always, thanks for the quick responses and information!


That IP address is internal (i.e. within your own private home network as opposed to external/internet) and sounds like the gateway address of your router. It’s easy to check. In a command prompt, enter the command ipconfig /all. The result will show you your ‘gateway’ address (as in ‘gateway to the internet’).

Enter another command - arp -a - and you’ll see all the IP addresses used within your private network. Look alongside the ‘Internet Address’ for and you’ll see the ‘Physical Address’, i.e. the MAC address of the network interface you are interested in.

You can use the MAC Address Vendor database to double-check the manufacturer of the network interface.

Hope this helps…


That was really cool. Not sure how to decipher everything, but it is really nice to know it’s not a threat. Thanks RickC!


I had a Rosewill (Newegg house brand) USB-to-WirelessN adapter that came up as Hon Hoi, and then just yesterday (4/14/2018) I had a hobby-related IoT device come up as Hon Hoi . If I was in your position, I would not get terribly upset, but I would try to find out what it is/was.

I can’t remember what the app was that I found it, wild guessing it was DD-WRT on our wireless router before, and now I use Fing on Android.

I need to visit this forum more often, just learned of PDANet and the arp command.


I think it is important for anybody that is running a home Wi-Fi network to be aware of all devices connecting to it.

My router admin console can show me a list of connected MAC and IP addresses. But that is one more thing I love about GlssWire is that I don’t need to stay logged into my router to see what is connected. Being alerted to any ‘things’ that join the network by GW is a plus! :slight_smile: