Things adds "FriendlyNameHere" to end of device name

I’ve just upgraded from 2.2.304 to 2.3.321.

For my router, Things insists on adding the word “FriendlyNameHere” to the end of its name. When I go into ‘Device Options’ for the device, that word cannot be seen in the ‘Name’ field. If I rename the device to something else, it still keeps the word “FriendlyNameHere” at the end when it’s shown in the list.


Wow, that’s really strange. I will report this to our team. Are you sure the device itself doesn’t somehow call itself that?


We investigated and found some devices really do have funny names like that. You can probably check it with another similar app, and it will have the same “friendlynamehere” designation.

We have seen this with other devices, usually made in China.

Very funny.

Some of my Apple devices have the issue too, whereby the name given to the device, like Username’sIphone shows at the end of the name.

This is very simple. The name that GlassWire detects is being forcefully added to what I’ve put in the ‘Name’ field. The fix is very simple: stop making GlassWire do that. Just use the name I’ve typed in the Name field.

Instead of trying to come up with ridiculous ways to explain it away, why not fix your software instead?


From what I understand it’s not a bug, the name is actually added by the creator of the hardware. In most situations the information is useful to the user, for example people may want to know that “username’sphone” has joined their network. Hiding this would remove potentially useful information.


I’ll just have to live with “My Name Given To The Device + The Detected Name” showing in the Things list, as the possibility of changing or improving this in any way seems to blow your mind.

Never mind. As you were.

Why not give the user a global choice to use given device names only, and in doing so allow detected names to be totally disabled in the display? That doesn’t sound too hard to do…

If we continue to get requests we will consider making that as an option somewhere, thanks for your feedback.

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