Most of us use more than one Wi-Fi network connection so that if one fails, the 2nd one is used as a fallback. With multiple Wi-Fi network sources, there comes the issue of connection priority.
There are situations where you need to use a Wi-Fi connection until it reaches the maximum traffic limit. As the bandwidth cap or FUP is reset monthly with some providers, you may need to switch over to the 2nd Wi-Fi connection and use it for the rest of the month. But Windows connects to the Wi-Fi network with higher priority by default, when multiple Wi-Fi networks are available.
Windows 10 doesn’t have a GUI option to change the Wi-Fi network connection priority, but you can do that using the Netsh command-line.
Using Netsh command-line to change Wi-Fi priority
Open Command Prompt as Administrator, and type:
netsh wlan show profiles
Note down the interface name, and the connection whose priority is to be changed.
Then use the following syntax:
netsh wlan set profileorder name="connectionname" interface="Wi-Fi" priority=1
netsh wlan set profileorder name="Ramesh" interface="Wi-Fi" priority=1
This sets the highest priority for the said connection under the specified interface, and the setting gets saved to the registry, in a multi-string value under the Wi-Fi interface registry key. To check if the priority change has been applied, re-run the 1st command again.
Regardless of the priority value assigned, if you enable the “Connect automatically” checkbox while connecting to a Wireless network, it will have the highest priority.
Using Wlan10 Utility
Wlan10 is a 3rd party tool that can manage Wi-Fi networks easily. With this tool, you can quickly set the priority of your wireless networks, enable or disable autoswitch and autoconnect, and forget Wi-Fi networks. Changing the priority is done by simply dragging and dropping the connections in the desired order.
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