How to Disable Ad Hoc Wireless Connections on Vista

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 28 Oct. 2008 / Last Updated on 28 Oct. 2008]

Windows Vista won’t automatically create ad hoc wireless connections with other computers, but for greater security you may want to disable ad-hoc wireless connections entirely. Here’s how to do this.

Windows Vista won’t automatically create ad hoc wireless connections with other computers, but for greater security you may want to disable ad-hoc wireless connections entirely. You can do this by running the following Netsh command at an elevated command prompt:

netsh wlan add filter permission=denyall networktype=adhoc

To re-enable ad hoc wireless connections, run this command:

netsh wlan del filter permission=denyall networktype=adhoc

For more information on networking in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, see the Windows Server 2008 Networking and Network Access Protection (NAP) from Microsoft Press.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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