How to block the neighbor’s WiFi

How to block the neighbor’s WiFi

We can name our WiFi anything we want to. Most of us use normal names, and some label their WiFi with funny names, but what do you do when your neighbor has an obnoxious, racist, or rude WiFi name? I don’t want to see that and I certainly don’t want my kids to see that.

So today I am going to show you how you can block your neighbor’s WiFi from appearing in your Windows WiFi

Blocking Neighbor’s WiFi

There are two ways to go about blocking your neighbor’s WiFi.

Method 1: You can either block their WiFi name and put it on a “Blacklist” so their WiFi name won’t appear in your WiFi list. This is a good method if you just need to block one or two names.

Method 2: You can create a WiFi “Whitelist”. This means that only the approved WiFi names will show up ion your Wifi list and the rest will be blocked. This is a good method to use if you have loads of WiFi networks around and you just want a quick solution to get block them all except for your own one.

Method 1 – Block WiFi with Blacklist

  1. Click on the Windows Search bar and type CMD
  2. Right-click on CMD and choose Run As Administrator
  3. Type this command:  netsh wlan add filter permission=block ssid=”name” networktype=infrastructure (of course replace “name” with the obnoxious WiFi name you wish to hide)
  4. Press Enter

That WiFi network will now no longer show up in your WiFi list.

block wifi in Windows 10 list - TheTechieGuy

If you wish to undo this process all you need to do is this:

  1. Click on the Windows Search bar and type CMD
  2. Right-click on CMD and choose Run As Administrator
  3. Type this command:  netsh wlan delete filter permission=block ssid=”name”  (of course replace “name” with the obnoxious WiFi name you wish to unhide)
  4. Press Enter

That WiFi network will now appear again in your list.

Method 2:  – Whitelist WiFi Blocking

  1. Click on the Windows Search bar and type CMD
  2. Right-click on CMD and choose Run As Administrator
  3. Type this command:  netsh wlan add filter permission=allow ssid=”name” networktype=infrastructure  (of course replace “name” with YOU WiFi name – you can run this command multiple times if you have multiple networks)
  4. Press Enter
  5. Type this command: netsh wlan add filter permission=denyall networktype=infrastructure
  6. Press Enter

Now all the WiFi networks will disappear except for the WiFi networks that you specifically specified.

block wifi in Windows 10 list whitelist - TheTechieGuy

If you wish to undo this process:

  1. Click on the Windows Search bar and type CMD
  2. Right-click on CMD and choose Run As Administrator
  3. Type this command:  netsh wlan delete filter permission=denyall networktype=infrastructure
  4. Press Enter

Now all the WiFi networks will appear again.

Remember: With this method that when you travel with your laptop, you won’t be able to “see” any other WiFi. You just told your computer to ONLY show you, your approved WiFi. Therefore, you will need to run the UNDO process to see all the other networks such as the hotel WiFi, coffee shop WiFi etc.

So in summary:

Regardless of which method you use, this only blocks the WiFi name from appearing. This does not block the actual WiFi signal from entering your home and interfering with your WiFi.

If you are having WiFi issues, you might need to change the WiFi channel or optimize your Windows 10 for WiFi speed.

Liron Segev - TheTechieGuy

Liron Segev - TheTechieGuy

Liron Segev is an award-winning tech blogger, YouTube strategist, and Podcaster. He helps brands tell their stories in an engaging way that non-techies can relate to. He also drinks way too much coffee! @Liron_Segev on Twitter

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