With the rise in Work from Home arrangements, almost everyone is opting for a Wi-Fi network for uninterrupted internet connection. Whenever you open the Wi-Fi settings on your PC, you end up seeing a list of unknown Wi-Fi networks; some of which might be named inappropriately. It is quite likely that you will never connect to most of the displayed network connections. Fortunately, you can block these by learning how to hide WiFi network name SSID in Windows 11 PCs. Additionally, we will teach you how to block/blacklist or allow/whitelist WiFi networks in Windows 11. So, let’s get started!
How to Hide WiFi Network Name (SSID) in Windows 11
There are many third-party tools available to do so. Why search for a tool when you can do the job using Windows in-built tools and services. It is fairly easy to block or allow unwanted native Wi-Fi networks specifically their SSIDs so that those networks are not shown among available networks. It may also interest you to read how to fix Incorrect PSK Provided for Network SSID on Windows 10.
Follow the steps listed below to hide WiFi network name on Windows 11:
1. Click on the Search icon and type Command Prompt and click on Run as administrator.
2. Click on Yes in the User Account Control confirmation prompt.
3. Type the following command and press the Enter key:
netsh wlan add filter permission=block ssid=<wifiSSID> networktype=infrastructure
Note: Replace <wifiSSID> with the Wi-Fi Network SSID you want to hide.
When you do this, the desired SSID will be removed from the list of available networks.
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How to Manage Blacklist & Whitelist for Wi-Fi Network
You can also disable the display of all accessible networks and only show yours as discussed in the following section.
Option 1: Block Wifi Network on Windows 11
Here’s how to Blacklist all Wifi networks in your area:
1. Launch Command Prompt as administrator as illustrated below.
2. Type the given command and hit Enter to filter out all the networks in the network pane:
netsh wlan add filter permission=denyall networktype=infrastructure
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Option 2: Allow Wifi Network on Windows 11
Below are the steps to whitelist the Wifi networks within range:
1. Open Command Prompt as administrator as earlier.
2. Type the following command and press Enter key to whitelist your Wifi network.
netsh wlan add filter permission=allow ssid=<wifiSSID> networktype=infrastructure
Note: Replace <wifiSSID> with your Wi-Fi network SSID.
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