Disable / enable network adapter

Note: Some computers and network adapters may use network management software other than the built-in applications included with an operating system (especially on Windows). If you find that this is the case, the process described below may not be exactly the same but similar. Consult with your network device’s documentation or your IT department for details and assistance.

Disconnect or Disable Network Connections

Please do not use more than one network connection at one time.

Disconnect physically

  • To disconnect your wired Ethernet connection, unplug your Ethernet cable from its jack.
  • To disconnect your wireless connection:
    On the Windows taskbar (bottom, right), right-click the connection icon and select Disconnect
    Mac OS
    On the menu bar (top, right), right click the wireless icon and select Turn Wi-FiOff .

Disable Network Adapter

  • This will keep your operating system from using the disabled connection until you re-enable it.
  • To enable your connection, reverse the process you followed below.


  1. Go to Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center .
  2. In the left-hand column, click Change adapter settings .
  3. A new screen will open with a list of network connections. Right-click Local Area Connection or Wireless Connection and select Disable .

Mac OS

  1. In the Apple Menu , go to System Preferences…
  2. Under Internet & Wireless , click Network .
  3. If the lock on the lower left corner of the Network window is closed, click it so you can make changes to the network settings (do not click the lock if it is already “open”), then enter your system password when prompted.
  4. From the options at right, select the connection you wish to disable:
  • Ethernet and from the Configure IPv4 drop-down menu, select Off
  • Wireless: and click Turn AirPort Off (at right).

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