How to filter the networks shown on your wifi in Windows 10

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Philippe Gloaguen
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Windows 10 has not only demonstrated its position in the field of new applications and improvements over previous versions, but it has also moved into the innovations of wireless networks. Today's users choose to use Wi-Fi instead of old broadband systems or any other wired connection. As the proportion of these users increases enormously, it becomes even more important to protect your system from viruses and outbound hackers. When your system is connected to a Wi-Fi network, it is easier to have a faster browsing experience. But then every time you turn on Wi-Fi in your system, a number of available Wi-Fi networks around you start to become visible. Most of them require a password to connect. This becomes unnecessary when you can only connect to one network at a time. Also, you don't want other networks to show up on the Available Networks part. The new version of Windows released by Microsoft allows us to decide which networks you want to show and which to hide from the Available Networks category.



This can be achieved by following the steps provided below. The SSID series that becomes visible as a tile on the Wi-Fi Settings The area on the taskbar will now only show your network, as you had decided individually for each network, whether to display them or filter them out.

Filter the networks shown in the Wi-Fi settings

Step 1:

Press and hold the Windows key + X when the Power User menu appears on the screen

Step 2:

From all the options available in the menu, choose the Command Prompt (Admin) option

Step 3:

To add networks to the list of allowed networks, copy the names of those networks. Then type the following sentence given below in the command prompt and hit Enter.



netsh wlan add filter permission = allow SSID = "the name of the SSID you want" network type = infrastructure.

the name of the SSID you want must be properly filled in with the name of your network.

Step 4:

Repeat the above command one by one for all the networks you want to have in the allowed list.


Step 5:

To completely block wireless adapters you don't own or just want to hide them, type the following command and hit Enter.

netsh wlan add filter permission = denied network type = infrastructure.

Step 6:

From now on, only the networks you wanted will appear in the Wi-Fi settings area and all others will be hidden.


Step 7:

Now, if you want to go back to previous settings and remove all filters, especially when you are on the go, I recommend that you turn off the filter option. You can do this by typing the following command at the command prompt. and pressing Enter.

remove filter permission = denied network type = infrastructure.

The settings will now return to normal.

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