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Using command line to view wireless networks

All commands below should be type on a command prompt.

Netsh can be used to view wireless networks using command line.

To view wireless networks via command line type this command:

       netsh wlan show networks

To view wireless profiles, or the history of the wireless networks in which your computer had made a connection.

Type this command below,  if you’ve been travelling you will might be surprise of the long list:

      netsh wlan show profiles

To view your wireless drivers, type this command below:

       netsh wlan show drivers

If you want a long list, type this command:          

       netsh wlan show all

You can redirect the output to text file like:

       Netsh wlan show all > MyWirelessLongListInfo.txt

And  to connect via command line to a wireless network use this command below:

It will need three input paramet ers:

-- Profile name or the wireless name profile (you can type any profile name)
-- SSID (Security Set Identifier) or basically the name of the Wifi (SSID should be accurate)
-- Interface (the wireless interface on your laptop or desktop) (Interface name should be accurate)

netsh wlan connect name=wireLessProfile1  ssid=CiscoWireless  interface="Wireless Network Connection"

If you have problem accessing the wireless connection  using the GUI method on your laptop or just want to use the command line try those commands.

If you want to know the status of all your network interfaces, whether it's enabled or disabled.

Or your network interfaces is disconnected or connected.

This command below, will give you the status of all interfaces wired or wireless interface.

This would be useful, if the wireless button or wireless key combination on the laptop has been accidentally pressed or activated.

Open command prompt and type:

netsh interface show interface

From the output of the above command if the interface is disabled.

Open an elevated command prompt and type this:

netsh interface set interface "Interface Name" enabled

netsh interface set interface "Local Area Connection" enabled

Or to disabled the interface, type:

netsh interface set interface "Interface Name" disabled

netsh interface set interface "Local Area Connection" disabled

If there's a need to set priority on Wireless connection type this command:

netsh wlan set profileorder name="WiFi_Profile_Name" interface="WiFi_Interface" priority=1

Setting profile name to priority 1, will set the wireless profile as preferred connection.

To get the name and verify profile order type: netsh wlan show profiles

To get the interface, type: netsh interface show interface

If interface is typed wrongly or  the interface cannot be found this error message will be shown:

   There is no such wireless interface on the system.


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