New Netsh WLAN Commands in Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2

by Eric Geier [Published on 26 Jan. 2011 / Last Updated on 4 Dec. 2009]

Review the new wireless networking commands for this command-line utility.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 feature many new WLAN or wireless networking commands for the Netsh command-line tool.

Here are new commands relating to the new Wireless Hosted Network feature:

  • netsh wlan set hostednetwork [[mode={allow|disallow}] [[ssid=]WirelessNetworkName] [[key=]passphrase] [[keyUsage=]{persistent|temporary}]: Configures the settings for the hosted network.
  • netsh wlan export hostednetworkprofile: Saves the hosted network profile as an XML file.
  • netsh wlan start hostednetwork: Enables and starts broadcasting the wireless hosted network.
  • netsh wlan show hostednetwork: Shows the settings of the wireless hosted network.
  • netsh wlan refresh hostednetwork: Defines a new WPA2-PSK encryption key when followed by the key.
  • netsh wlan stop hostednetwork: Disables the wireless hosted network.

Here are three new commands that show or print the value of the given setting on the screen:

  • netsh wlan show createalluserprofile: Whether creating all user profiles is allowed for everyone.
  • netsh wlan show allowexplicitcreds: Whether to allow use of stored user credentials for 802.1X authentication by the computer when a user isn’t logged on to the computer.
  • netsh wlan show onlyusegpprofilesforallowednetworks: Whether to only allow use of wireless profiles of Group Policy when Group Policy is  implemented.

Here are some miscellaneous commands:

  • netsh wlan reportissues: Creates a report in the C:\Windows\Tracing directory for troubleshooting WLAN issues.
  • netsh wlan set allowexplicitcreds allow={yes|no}: Whether to allow or disallow client computers to store and use shared user credentials for network authentication.
  • netsh wlan set blockperiod: Defines in minutes (0 – 60) the amount of time the client must wait before trying to connect to a network after an unsuccessful attempt.
  • netsh wlan set profiletype  name= ProfileName  profiletype={all|current} [[interface=]InterfaceName]: Defines the profile type for the specified profile.

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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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