How to change the priority of WiFi connections in Windows 10

Typically, at work or in the office, several WiFi connections are available. It also happens in our homes when we have access to the neighbor’s connection or there are several networks in the house. Multiple networks serve as backup in case one of them fails. In other cases they are to distribute the load between several connections when there are many users.

Unfortunately, Windows 10 doesn’t take into account which of the available connections has a stronger range before connecting. Instead, it prioritizes connections based on the order in which they were added. That’s the default behavior and it can be problematic, especially if you frequently have to manually change the network your computer is connected to. Therefore, in this post I will show you how to change the priority of WiFi connections in Windows 10.

Change priority of WiFi connections

To do this you must have administrative privileges on the system. Run Command Prompt as administrator and type the following command:

netsh wlan show profiles

This will display a list of all the WiFi connections saved on the system.

Then, enter the following command, changing “connection name” to the name of the connection you want to give priority to. Choose the name from the list you received in the previous step.

netsh wlan set profileorder name = "connection name" interface = "Wi-Fi" priority = 1

The priority number should be updated to reflect the order you want to give the connection.

The connections that appear in the list are ordered by priority and location. For locations with only one saved WiFi connection, the order of the connection cannot be changed. But if you have multiple connections saved for one location, you can reorder them with this command. Execute the command “netsh wlan show profiles” again and you will see the new order of the connections.

Give priority to a WiFi network

It is important to know how to change the priority of WiFi connections when we are in a multi-network environment. Windows assigns the order according to the order in which the networks have been added, which is not practical in most cases. For example, your computer may always preferably connect to a lower quality and weaker WiFi network, which is annoying. By changing the order of priority you can avoid this inconvenience.

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