Note: this question is distinct from "How to disable automatically connecting to WiFi?", as I do not wish to disable automatic WiFi connection in general.

Problem: The Ubuntu WiFi module connects automatically in priority with WiFi networks without a password, even if there is a already known password-protected WiFi network nearby. Worse, most of the times these "unprotected" networks are in fact hotspots that require authentification from the browser. Example: I am at home, and most of the times my Ubuntu laptop will connect by itself to a nearby hotspot instead of choosing my local ADSL box (password-protected, with a password that is already known by the computer). I then have to select my own WiFi network manually.

Is there a way to disable automatic connection to /all/ hotspots ?


You can stop Ubuntu from automatically connecting to Wifi connections without deleting the connection entry itself.

Go to: network-indicator > Edit Connections > Wireless

Select the entry that you do not want automatically connecting. Once selected/highlighted, click on the "Edit" button on the right side of the window. At the top of the window that opens, you will see an option to disable "Connect automatically".

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  • Yes, this is exactly what I needed ! And it's also accessible easily in Gnome-Shell. Thank you :) – calvin tiger Dec 25 '12 at 12:53

This looks a lot like the discussion we had in 2009-2010. This also is a duplicate of How to disable/enable automatically connecting to WiFi? which contains the answer to your question:

Click on Wi-fi Icon >> Edit Connections >> Then, Click On Wireless Tab, Delete The Wireless Connections That You Don't want to Use or You Want Ubuntu To Stop Automatically Connecting To Them.

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  • Won't they appear again next time a wifi scan is performed ? – calvin tiger Dec 20 '12 at 16:27

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