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How to Hide Other WiFi Networks When Connecting with Your Computer

If you have multiple Wi-Fi networks in your area, you’ll see them all when you try to connect to your own. A list of unnecessary networks, especially ones that are secure and never connect to, can quickly become cluttered and annoying to browse.

Luckily, you can hide other Wi-Fi networks so you can’t see them on your computer. Once you hide these other wireless networks, you have free access to one (or more) that you want to see.

Hiding other Wi-Fi networks is not permanent. You can always undo these steps to see them again. This is discussed at the end of the article.

What does hiding Wi-Fi do?

Hiding other Wi-Fi networks speaks for itself: you won’t be able to see the network. When you select a Wi-Fi network to connect, any network name that matches the name you block will not appear in your list of available networks.

Hiding Wi-Fi networks only works on your computer. In other words, what you do by following the steps below is to prevent them from being listed on other Wi-Fi networks; other people around you can still see and communicate with them.

Blocking a Wi-Fi network will not alert the owner and is not illegal or unethical. Again, you just don’t allow yourself to see it.

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Hiding other Wi-Fi networks doesn’t really prevent wireless signals from reaching your area. If you want to block nearby Wi-Fi networks because you are trying to amplify weak signals caused by interference, the best option is to change the Wi-Fi channel. A Wi-Fi channel scanner helps you determine which channels are in use on nearby networks.

How to hide other WiFi networks

Windows does not allow you to hide Wi-Fi networks with an easy-to-use graphical user interface. As good as it is to be able to just right-click on the network you want to hide and press the hide / lock button, this is not what we have.

Instead, you need to run multiple commands through the command line. This is a fairly straightforward process if you follow the instructions carefully.

As you can see, all wireless networks that your computer can connect to right now are listed.

Note. Windows sometimes detects poorly all nearby networks. If you’re looking for the SSID of a network that you’ve seen before, but can’t see right now (possibly due to a weak signal), use a WiFi scanner such as WifiInfoView for a more complete list.

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