How to change the priority of WiFi networks in Windows 10

In its default setting, Windows automatically links you to the most recent wireless network you were connected to. If you find yourself near multiple previously connected wireless networks, Windows employs a prioritization system to select

a WiFi network. While Windows 7 provides users with a graphical interface to control the order of wireless network priorities, Windows 10 requires you to utilize the command prompt. This brief article will guide you through the process of adjusting wireless network priorities in Windows 10.

Windows PowerShell

In your taskbar, type in ‘win’ in the search box :

Read: What is PowerShell and how it can be installed

Next, choose Windows PowerShell in the list.

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View available networks

Now you need to access the list of wireless networks located within range of your computer. To do this, enter the following command and confirm with Enter:

netsh wlan show profiles

Find your favorite network

The User Profiles section shown above lists all the wireless networks you have connected to from your PC. You will find old hotspots as well as public access points used during your travels. Note down the names of the priority networks.

Read: How to remove unused WiFi networks in Windows 10

Change the priority

Enter the following command by replacing “ favorite wifi name ” with the name of your favorite network and “ interface name ” with the name of your interface, then confirm with the key Enter.

netsh wlan set profileorder name = “favorite wifi name” interface = “interface name ” priority = 1

Now Windows will automatically connect to the priority wireless networks you have just set up.

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amin nahdy

Amin Nahdy, an aspiring software engineer and a computer geek by nature as well as an avid Ubuntu and open source user. He is interested in information technology especially Linux based ecosystem as well as Windows and MacOS. He loves to share and disseminate knowledge to others in a transparent and responsible way.

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