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How to Add or Remove Wireless Network from Allowed or Blocked Filter List in Windows 10

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If you have a PC with a wireless network adapter, you will see a list of available wireless networks in your area to select to connect to. The wireless networks will only appear if your PC has a wireless network adapter installed, the adapter is turned on, and the wireless access point is in range.

If you have a lot of wireless access points within your area, then you could have a lot of SSIDs (network names) in your available wireless networks list.

The allowed and blocked filter list allow you to add or remove any available wireless network's SSIDs (network names) you want to these lists to control which ones will display or not in Wi-Fi Available networks.


This tutorial will show you how to add or remove wireless networks from the allowed or blocked filter list to hide or show in the available networks list for all users in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Display List of Wireless Networks Currently in Allowed and Blocked Filters
  • Option Two: To Add or Remove a Wireless Network from Allowed Filter List
  • Option Three: To Add or Remove a Wireless Network from Blocked Filter List
  • Option Four: To Add All Not Allowed Wireless Networks to Denyall
  • Option Five: To Remove All Not Blocked Wireless Networks from Denyall
  • Option Six: To Hide or Show Blocked Wireless Networks in Visible Available Networks List



EXAMPLE: Wi-Fi available networks list
NOTE: This is an example of available wireless networks around my current area.
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Add or Remove Wireless Network from Filter in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Add or Remove Wireless Network from Filter in Windows 10
To Display List of Wireless Networks Currently in Allowed and Blocked Filters

Note   Note
This option will display a list of wireless networks that you added to the allowed (Option One and blocked (Option Two) filter lists.

This can be especially handy to see the list of wireless networks you added to the block list since they are no longer displayed in the visible available networks list anymore by default.


1. Open a command prompt, and copy and paste the command below you want to use, and press Enter.

(List all allowed and blocked wireless networks)
netsh wlan show filters

(List only all allowed wireless networks)
netsh wlan show filters permission=allow

(List only all blocked wireless networks)
netsh wlan show filters permission=block

2. When finished, you can close the command prompt if you like.

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Add or Remove Wireless Network from Filter in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Add or Remove Wireless Network from Filter in Windows 10
To Add or Remove a Wireless Network from Allowed Filter List

Note   Note
If you add an available wireless network SSID to the allowed filter list, then the network will always be displayed and available to connect to if you should do Option Four below. Otherwise there's really no point in adding wireless networks to the allow list.

You will not be able to add a wireless network to the allow list if the wireless network as already been added to the block list using Option Three below. You would have to remove the wireless network from the block list before you will be able to add it to the allow list.


1. Open a command prompt, and do step 2 or step 3 below for what you would like to do.


2. To Add Available Wireless Network to Allow List

A) In the command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. Repeat this step for each Wi-Fi network you want to add. When finished, go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

Code:
netsh wlan add filter permission=allow ssid="WLAN name" networktype=infrastructure
Note   Note
Substitute WLAN name in the command with the actual SSID of the wireless network.

For example:
Code:
netsh wlan add filter permission=allow ssid="Brink-Router" networktype=infrastructure

netsh wlan add filter permission=allow ssid="Brink-Router2" networktype=infrastructure

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3. To Remove Wireless Network from Allow List

A) In the command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. Repeat this step for each Wi-Fi network you want to remove. When finished, go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

Code:
netsh wlan delete filter permission=allow ssid="WLAN name" networktype=infrastructure
Note   Note
Substitute WLAN name in the command with the actual SSID of the wireless network.

For example:
Code:
netsh wlan delete filter permission=allow ssid="Brink-Router2" networktype=infrastructure

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4. When finished, you can close the command prompt if you like.





Add or Remove Wireless Network from Filter in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Add or Remove Wireless Network from Filter in Windows 10
To Add or Remove a Wireless Network from Blocked Filter List

Note   Note
If you add an available wireless network SSID to the blocked filter list, then the network will no longer be displayed in the visible available networks list, and can no longer be connected to.

This can be handy if there are wireless networks that you do not want to see in the visible available networks list anymore.

You will not be able to add a wireless network to the block list if the wireless network as already been added to the allow list using Option Two above. You would have to remove the wireless network from the allow list before you will be able to add it to the block list.


1. Open a command prompt, and do step 2 or step 3 below for what you would like to do.


2. To Add Available Wireless Network to Block List

A) In the command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. Repeat this step for each Wi-Fi network you want to add. When finished, go to step 4 below. (see screenshots below)

Code:
netsh wlan add filter permission=block ssid="WLAN name" networktype=infrastructure
Note   Note
Substitute WLAN name in the command with the actual SSID of the wireless network.

For example:

Code:
netsh wlan add filter permission=block ssid="ASUS" networktype=infrastructure

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3. To Remove Wireless Network from Block List

A) In the command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. Repeat this step for each Wi-Fi network you want to remove. When finished, go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

Code:
netsh wlan delete filter permission=block ssid="WLAN name" networktype=infrastructure
Note   Note
Substitute WLAN name in the command with the actual SSID of the wireless network.

For example:
Code:
netsh wlan delete filter permission=block ssid="ASUS" networktype=infrastructure

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4. When finished, you can close the command prompt if you like.





Add or Remove Wireless Network from Filter in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Add or Remove Wireless Network from Filter in Windows 10
To Add All Not Allowed Wireless Networks to Denyall

Note   Note
This option will set all available wireless networks that are not currently added to the allow (Option Two) and block (Option Three) list as denyall all at once. You can use Option Five below to undo this.

This will effectively be the same as the block list. These networks will then no longer be displayed in the visible available networks list, and can no longer be connected to.

This can be handy if you do not want to see any available wireless networks in the visible available networks list except those that you added to the allow list in Option Two.

You will still be able to add a wireless network to the allow list using Option Two above to have it display in the visible available networks list, and be able to connect to it again. Using Option Six to temporarily see all blocked wireless networks can help make this easier to do.


1. Open a command prompt.

2. In the command prompt, copy and paste the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

netsh wlan add filter permission=denyall networktype=infrastructure

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3. When finished, you can close the command prompt if you like.





Add or Remove Wireless Network from Filter in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Add or Remove Wireless Network from Filter in Windows 10
To Remove All Not Blocked Wireless Networks from Denyall


Note   Note
This option is the default setting and will undo Option Four to allow the wireless networks to display in the visible available networks list, and be able to connect to again.

Wireless networks that are currently added to the block list using Option Three above will not be affected, will still be on the block list.


1. Open a command prompt.

2. In the command prompt, copy and paste the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

netsh wlan delete filter permission=denyall networktype=infrastructure

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3. When finished, you can close the command prompt if you like.





Add or Remove Wireless Network from Filter in Windows 10 OPTION SIX Add or Remove Wireless Network from Filter in Windows 10
To Hide or Show Blocked Wireless Networks in Visible Available Networks List


Note   Note
This option will let you set to show or hide all blocked wireless networks (Option Three and Option Four) in the visible available networks list.


1. Open a command prompt, and do step 2 or step 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Hide All Blocked Wireless Networks
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) In the command prompt, copy and paste the command below, press Enter, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

netsh wlan set blockednetworks display=hide

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3. To Show All Blocked Wireless Networks

A) In the command prompt, copy and paste the command below, press Enter, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

netsh wlan set blockednetworks display=show

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4. When finished, you can close the command prompt if you like.



That's it,
Shawn