How to change the priority of WiFi networks in Windows 10

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When using the system, it will automatically connect to any wireless network among the many active wireless networks. This happens when the system has the ability to connect to more than one available wireless network. In such a scenario, the system will select the wireless network with the highest assigned priority. The selected wireless network may not be the most optimal for you or you may not want your system to connect to the wireless network which has the highest default priority for reasons of privacy, security, slow connection, etc. You can change this default setting to prioritize and not necessarily limit yourself to the default wireless network with the highest priority. This can be done by running the corresponding command on your system.



Note that if you select the option to connect automatically when connecting to a WiFi SSID, the priority will automatically be set to 1.

The following steps will help you change the priority of wireless networks on your system:

How to change the WiFi network priority via CMD

Step 1: Write Symbol of the system o cmd in the Windows search bar. Right click on Symbol of the system displayed at the top of the search results. Then click Run as administrator of the list.

Step 2: Type the following command in the Command Prompt window:

netsh wlan show profiles 

print Enter your password. You can now see all the wireless network connections connected to your computer.

Step 3: The connections will be displayed in order of precedence. If you want to change this order, you will need to type the following command in the command prompt window:



netsh wlan set profileorder name="your WiFi name" interface="Wi-Fi" priority=1



If you have a long list of networks that you use regularly, you can also change the priority of all of them. To do this, you will need to edit the file priority in step 3. Therefore, if you want to configure a network to have the second best priority, you need to set the priority value to 2.

By following the above steps, you can now adjust the priority of various wireless networks in Windows 10 according to your needs and convenience.

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