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How to disable/enable WiFi Connection

This article shows how to disable/enable Wireless network connection(WiFi) on a windows system from command line. We can also find the status of network connections, check if they are connected or disconnected.

Disable WiFi from command prompt

Open elevated administrator command prompt and run the below command to turn off WiFi

netsh interface set interface name="Wireless Network Connection" admin=DISABLED

After running the command, you can immediately see in System tray (Right bottom corner on your windows screen) that WiFi is disconnected. In network connections, it shows it as disabled.

Wifi connection disabled

How to enable WiFi connection

Run the below netsh command to turn on Wifi connection from command line.

netsh interface set interface name="Wireless Network Connection" admin=ENABLED

How to disconnect Wifi connection

If you don’t want to disable WiFi interface on your computer, but only disconnect from a specific WiFi network, then run the below command.

netsh wlan disconnect

This does not turn off Wifi interface on the computer.

Connect to Wifi network from CMD

Run the below command to connect to a specifi WiFi network

netsh wlan connect name="WifiNetWorkName"

Errors

This command needs to be run from elevated command prompt to make any changes to the network connection configuration. Running from normal command prompt throws up error as below.

C:\>netsh interface set interface name="Wireless Network Connection" admin=DISABLED
An interface with this name is not registered with the router.
2 comments… add one
  • Paul Winstone

    There’s an error in the wording here. It says at one point “elevator command prompt” ironically in the errors section. Shouldn’t this be “elevated command prompt”?

    • Srini

      Thanks for pointing it out. Corrected the typo.

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