This post shows students and new users the steps to hide a Wi-Fi network SSID in Windows 11. By default, when you click on WiFi settings in Windows 11, it will scan and display all networks within range.
If there are networks in range that you never want to connect to or if they have offensive names, you can block them in Windows from being listed among the available networks displayed in the Wi-Fi networks panel.
There are some tools that can be used to block networks from showing in the list of Wi-Fi connections. However, Windows can easily do this without the need for additional tools. When you block a network SSID, it will never show up among available networks. This is easy to accomplish and we will show you how to do it below.
You have two options to stop showing other Wi-Fi networks in Windows. You can block an individual WiFi network or block all of them and then whitelist just yours.
We will show you how to do it below.
How to stop showing your neighbor’s WiFi in Windows 11
As mentioned above, a WiFi network can be blocked from being displayed among the available networks in Windows 11. Here’s how to do it.
By default, you will see a similar Wi-Fi connection panel each time you want to connect to a new Wi-Fi network. Windows allows you to hide individual or all networks that are broadcasting.
To hide a network or all networks in the connection panel, open the command prompt as an administrator.
Then run the following commands to block the individual Wi-Fi SSID from showing up among the available networks in our WiFi connection settings.
netsh wlan add filter permission=block ssid=YYYYYYYY networktype=infrastructure netsh wlan add filter permission=block ssid=XXXXXXXX networktype=infrastructure
Replacement YYYYYYYAnd and XXXXXXXX with the Wi-Fi SSID you want to block in Windows.
When you do that, the highlighted SSID will be hidden from the available networks panel.
How to block all WiFi SSIDs and whitelist yours
Alternatively, you can block all available networks from showing in the window and only show yours (the one that is whitelisted).
To do that, open the command prompt as administrator.
Then run the following commands to prevent all networks from showing up in the available list.
netsh wlan add filter permission=denyall networktype=infrastructure
Then whitelist the network you want to show on the available list, including your own.
netsh wlan add filter permission=allow ssid=ZZZZZZZZ networktype=infrastructure
You should do that!
In this tutorial we have seen how to block networks so that they are not shown among the lists of available networks. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.