# Using WMIC to Enable and Disable The Wireless Network Adapter

#### The Utility

WMIC is the Windows Management Interface Command-line Utility a command-line interface to the WMI libraries. Here I'm going to focus on enabling and disabling the wireless interface.
Note: Since these are DOS commands they are case-insensitive (even inside quotes) so the mixed cases are only used to make it easier to read.

#### The Library

To enable and disable the interface you use the Win32_NetworkAdapter class.

#### The Interface

To get the interface name you can list the interfaces:
wmic path Win32_NetworkAdapter
But this will dump a mess of lines so here we'll assume you just know it's Wireless Network Connection (if you click on the wireless icon on the TaskBar you'll see that this is the name above the list of visible access points). This value is used for the NetConnectionID in the command.

#### To Dump Interface Information

If you want to dump all the Information:
wmic path Win32_NetworkAdapter where NetConnectionID="Wireless Network Connection"
If you want to get a single item (e.g. MAC Address):
wmic path Win32_NetworkAdapter where NetConnectionID="Wireless Network Connection" get MacAddress

#### To Enable the Interface

Call the enable method:
wmic path Win32_NetworkAdapter where NetConnectionID="Wireless Network Connection" call enable

#### To Disable The Interface

Call the disable method:
wmic path Win32_NetworkAdapter where NetConnectionID="Wireless Network Connection" call disable

#### Errors

##### Call Errors
A successful change of the interface:
Executing (\\IGOR\root\cimv2:Win32_NetworkAdapter.DeviceID="11")->enable()Method execution successful.Out Parameters:instance of __PARAMETERS{        ReturnValue = 0;};
An unsuccessful one will have a non-zero ReturnValue and message.
##### Interface Name Errors
If you use an invalid name you'll see:
No Instance(s) Available.

Node - IGORERROR:Description = Invalid query
wmic path win32_networkadapter where NetConnectionID="'Wireless networK connection'" get Macaddress
'wmic path win32_networkadapter where NetConnectionID="\'Wireless networK connection\'" get Macaddress'