Windows 10: WiFi - making adapter & available network preferences stay as selected

  1. Fafhrd's Avatar
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    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       13 Feb 2017 #1

    WiFi - making adapter & available network preferences stay as selected

    Living in the Victorian terraced suburbs of one of the most densely populated university cities in the UK, there are loads of different WiFi networks in my area. My house is constructed so that I need to have my router at the front, and another router to serve the back of my house, and each competes with a different set of other WiFi networks. I've tried setting up repeaters or access points, but they don't seem to work well consistently. So I go out of range of one and choose the other router and get good connections from either.
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    Whenever I open "Available networks"on my laptop, however many times I have unchecked "Connect Automatically" for neighbouring networks that I will never connect to, I find that they have all been checked again. I would prefer if they could be forgotten and never shown as "available" at all. The 2 routers I connect to manually, and they retain their setting most of the time, with connect automatically unchecked.

    Similarly, my Ralink RT5390 802.11b/g/n Wireless adapter configuration allows 4 apparently user configurable property settings:

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    AdHoc Support 802.11n -disabled
    Multimedia/gaming environment -disabled
    Radio on /off -enabled
    Roaming sensitivity -3. Medium

    If ever I attempt to change the Roaming sensitivity or other properties, they revert to the defaults above. I guess this may be due to privileges, since no UAC box opens when I change these settings.

    So how can I change both these areas of my WiFi setup in a more persistent way?
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       13 Feb 2017 #2

    Hi Fafhrd.

    Interesting questions. First link is a link to some general netsh commands.

    How to manage wireless networks using Command Prompt in Windows 10 | Windows Central

    Interesting comment in article, Win 10 gives priority to Networks set to connect automatically. Your home are not set if I read correctly.

    This next link is to the full set of commands. Things like "Add filter" in conjunction with "Set blockednetworks" may be what you are looking to hide neighbours. Lots to experiment with.

    Netsh Commands for Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) in Windows Server 2008

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  3. Fafhrd's Avatar
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    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
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       13 Feb 2017 #3

    Thanks Ken, I knew netsh was going to be the way to go. I'll do some research into it and see what happens.
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  4. bro67's Avatar
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    Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.5
       13 Feb 2017 #4

    Fafhrd what about going with the approach that I did for my network? The Engenius EAP1750H now allows you to Balance the bands between 2.4 & 5ghz to place so many devices on 2.4Ghz and so many on 5. The problem with 2.4ghz is that now manufactures default the gateways to Channel 6. I use Channel 3 & 11 for 2.4ghz and 100, 104, 108, 112 for 5ghz. If you sort inSSIDer by Signal Strength, that allows you to see how bad or good that it is. You will tend to see more access points when you have doors and windows open, along with at night if you let inSSIDer run for a while.

    I have my A/P placed in the front of the house in a corner of the Living Room and can go up to 100 to 150 ft away and get 7mbps down for Internet test. My normal is around 60mbps down.

    I built my network so that it was able to be expanded and a single item can be removed if bad or wishing to upgrade. I hate dealing with All in One units, because not all are the same and the manufacturers turn down the power, knowing that they will have a user ending up with channel overlap.
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