How to prioritize a WiFi connection in Windows 10

Usually, at work or in the office there is more than one WiFi connection 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 connections serve as backup in case one of them fails. In other cases they are to distribute the load when in 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 WiFi connection your computer is connected to. Therefore, in this post I will show you how to change the priority order of a WiFi connection in Windows 10.

Change the priority order of a WiFi connection

To change the priority of a WiFi connection 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” by the name of the connection you want to change the order of priority. Choose the name from the list you received in the previous step. The priority number of should be updated to reflect the order you want to give the connection.

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

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.

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