Has anyone encountered the ZeroConfigService or "Intel ProSet/Wireless Zero Configuration Service" calling home to an outside Internet site on a frequent basis?
Any idea or explanation as to what this 'call home' or outbound connection is for?
Outbound Protocol: TCP/443 HTTPS
Destination Host: dapi.ds-intel.net
HTTP User Agent: Devicescape-Agent/2.0.999
The domain name ds-intel.net seems to be registered privately with Network Solutions on behalf of a company called DeviceScape
Is this part of the "Smart Connect" functionality mentioned below?
http://gigaom.com/2012/05/30/intel-to-offer-free-wi-fi-in-its-ultrabooks-tablets/ Intel to offer 'free' Wi-Fi in its ultrabooks, tablets — Tech News and Analysis
This is related to the new Intel® WiFi Hotspot Assistant feature. It automatically connects the system to a nearby WiFi hotspot that is certified by DeviceScape's Easy WiFi* network if no preferred networks are available.
It is not exactly part of Intel® Smart Connect Technology, it is a different feature; however, it may take advantage of Intel® Smart Connect (if the system supports it) by connecting periodically to such hotspot network from sleep (S3) to a low power state in order to check for updates at a user-configured time.
The following links provide additional information:
http://www.intel.com/support/wireless/wlan/sb/CS-034116.htm Intel� Wi-Fi Products; Using the Intel� HotSpot Assistant
https://www-ssl.intel.com/content/www/us/en/wireless-products/intel-wifi-hotspot-assistant.html Intel® WiFi HotSpot Assistant: Connectivity at the Speed of Life
https://www-ssl.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/smart-connect-technology.htm... Intel® Smart Connect Technology