It’s not always nice to have your neighbors’ WiFi showing up among the available networks on your computer. Unless you are too close to the neighborhood to share your WiFi password with you. Otherwise, the names of the networks can get in the way when you are going to connect.
If you’re bothered, know that it’s pretty easy to configure your WiFi networks available in Windows 10: just access the Command Prompt feature. If you’re not quite used to this functionality in the latest version of Windows, just follow our tutorial below.
1. In the search bar of your Windows, search for “prompt” and then the option Command Prompt should be shown.
2. Then right click to choose “Run as administrator” option. Click on the “Yes” button if the user control screen appears asking for your confirmation to make changes to the computer.
3. Now you will need to type the following text into the command prompt screen:
netsh wlan add filter permission=block ssid=”REDE” networktype=infrastructure
4. Replace the part that says “NETWORK” with the name of the corresponding network that you no longer want to see in your list of available WiFis. Do not change any other part of the text. Once finished, press “Enter”.
5. Repeat the procedure for each WiFi network around your home or office that you want to delete. Don’t forget to replace the network name, which must remain in quotes. The rest of the text must not be modified for the command to actually work.
It may take a little work to enter one network at a time, but it’s worth not having those weird names showing up on your list. Even if it’s just to find your own WiFi more easily, this feature breaks a stick.
Showing blocked WiFi networks
If for some reason you want to go back and restore network display options, don’t worry: the process can be reversed. This is also true in case you make a mistake, although the procedure is very simple. Anyway, if you want to re-display the networks you’ve hidden in Windows 10, do the following:
1. Follow the same procedure we use to block unwanted networks: in the Desktop search bar, type “Prompt” and right-click on the item to perform the task as an administrator.
2. You must now type the following text so that the hidden WiFi networks are displayed again:
netsh wlan set blockednetworks display=show
This time, you won’t need to change anything in the text, just copy and paste.
3. Then press “Enter”, and that’s it: the networks around you that were blocked will appear again in the list of available connections.