While other devices that are connected to your router do not appear in the Network section of your system under you connect them specifically, the RalinkLinuxClient internal chipset uses the same 192.168.0.1 default router login IP address range as your router, especially if your router uses the default IP address range. The RalinkLinuxClient passes through the filtering to show in your Network list.
Approach towards RalinkLinuxClient showing in the Network list
As discussed earlier, the basic reason we find the RalinkLinuxClient among the list of networks is that a device using that chipset is connected to the same router as the client. However, we cannot ignore the possibility of a malicious threat, thus we could try switching Off devices connected to the router one by one and checking if it was any one of them. An easier way of finding out would be to check the MAC address of the RalinkLinuxClient on the system and comparing it to the MAC addresses of the devices connected to the router. However, we need to know how to use the router’s GUI for this and users could contact their router’s customer care for the same.
If it works, fine, or else we can proceed to the following solutions:
Disable the Windows Connect Now services
Once you change the SSID and password of the router, you have eliminated any external intrusion into your system. If the RalinkLinuxClient reappears after reconnecting your home devices to the router again, it is probably one of your own devices. Though harmless, if you really need to remove the RalinkLinuxClient from appearing on your system, try the following steps:
1] Open the File Explorer and right-click on This PC in the list and then select Manage. If you are not logged in as the administrator, you would have to click on Yes on the prompt window.
2] Select the Services and Applications tab on the list on the left-hand side and then double-click on Services.
3] The list of services on the screen are in alphabetical order. Scroll through the list to find the Windows Connect Now service and double-click on it to open its properties.
4] Change the Startup type to “Disabled” and then on Apply and then OK.
5] Restart your system and the RalinkLinuxClient would not appear upon opening This PC.
Every device connected to the internet has what is called an IP address, or Internet Protocol address. There are public and private IP addresses. The IP address 192.168.0.1 is a private IP address and is the default for certain home broadband routers, principally various D-Link modem and Netgear models.