Properly deploying and managing a wi-fi network either at home or at the office often reveals to be a challenging task. Today I will try to help you improve your deploys and/or fixes with the sole use if your Windows machine and a simple command.

Instead of advising third-party tools (often associated to a cost or cheese adware), the perk from this article is to empower you with some abilities to diagnose your Wi-Fi network and improve, or simply better plan, your wireless implementations. All this only by using a Windows 10 machine and a command.

The command to focus is called: netsh

This command alone will enable you to perform powerful actions related to your Wi-Fi management.

Let’s start with knowing your windows stored profiles. The remembered networks. To list them simply use the command syntax:

netsh WLAN show profiles

And here is the result

 

 

 

 

If by any chance you need to delete one (or more) profiles, you can use the syntax:

netsh WLAN delete profile nameoftheprofile

Here is the result

 

And what about finding information about your reachable networks? Just use the command to show your available networks:

  • Listing the available networks
    • netsh WLAN show networks

 

  • Listing available networks with signal strength, channel and Access Point Mac Address:
    • netsh WLAN show networks mode=bssid

 

 

  • And what about a forgotten WPA?
    • netsh WLAN show profile NAMEOFPROFILE key=clear

 

As you can easily understand now, using nothing but your operating system and a simple command, will allow you to improve your Wi-Fi management skills. Planning coverage with no need to recur to a third party software, channel planning (very important as I am sure you know) and other usual parameters often needed to deploy a proper wi-fi network or simply find the best access point to connect to in a dense environment is an easy task.

To learn more about how to use the command netsh you can visit the following link:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb490939.aspx

As you will understand it is a very powerful command!

 

Enjoy!