"netsh wlan show profiles" is not showing all available networks! RRS feed

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  • The owner of the company where I work refuses to put forth the money for a ubiquitous wlan system. Instead, we have a bunch of cheap routers all over. I know, disgraceful. I was told that if I can show how vulnerable this set up is there is a possibility for an upgrade. I found a four minute video that shows my how to access the password of a router that your pc has never seen before.

    When I enter the command "netsh wlan show profiles" in my cmd(admin) only networks that have I have connected to in the past show up. It is my understanding though that available networks or available networks and past connections are supposed to show up. My PC will not allow me to connect to any new networks. I know that this should work. There are countless videos on YouTube where this is working.

    When I enter "netsh wlan sh ne" though the networks that I had expected to see but did not appear. I cannot connect through this method.




    Mittwoch, 23. Mai 2018 20:14

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  • Hi,

    You can refer to this thread and check if it can help you.

    How do I display a list of Wi-Fi connections using netsh

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    Donnerstag, 24. Mai 2018 05:26
  • though that can be useful to see available connections, that method - as far as I know - does not allow me to connect to any of those networks.
    Donnerstag, 24. Mai 2018 12:58
  • this is what I got with netsh wlan sh int. 

    Freitag, 25. Mai 2018 12:15
  • how to access the password of a router that your pc has never seen before.

    Sounds like you are trying to exploit  netsh wlan sh pro <profile_name> key=clear

    AFAIK you would only be able to do that with a profile that you had actually used.  However, you could probably use it on a new profile by guessing a SSID's key as one that was being used on more than one connection.

    Robert Aldwinckle

    Freitag, 25. Mai 2018 13:03
  • This is the same command with the PC connected to a network. This is a profile that I have connected to before though. How is this information going to help?

    Freitag, 25. Mai 2018 14:16
  • It seem that way yes. This is the video that I saw that says other wise though --> There are a few out there like this. Though I could just be falling for the magic of video editing.
    Freitag, 25. Mai 2018 14:18
  • Yes I can access the internet through the wifi no problem.
    Mittwoch, 30. Mai 2018 12:13
  • Well, not exactly because it is showing only the networks that I have connected to in the past. None of the networks that are new show. perhaps this is not possible?


    Donnerstag, 14. Juni 2018 12:17
  • I have the same problem, if I type netsh WLAN show profiles it shows all the saved wifi connections used previously. netsh wlan show profiles do not show any of the wifi connections around me even when the network icon on the taskbar shows all of them.  
    Mittwoch, 4. Juli 2018 11:16
  • will it allow me to disconnect unwantedntworks
    Freitag, 8. Februar 2019 13:52