Wireless – How to Disconnect from Wireless Using Command Line

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I don't want to use WICD or NetWork-Manager. What should I type to disconnect ?

EDIT: This one is different from the ones above, I want to disconnect. Another thing, I don't want use WICD nor Network-Manager. As a prove, the answer below is not the same as the answers provided in these questions.

Best Answer

You can take the wireless interface down using the command line.

Open a Terminal window, and enter:

ifconfig -a

You will get a list of all of the network interfaces. Your wireless will likely be called wlan0, and you can corroborate this with the information listed, such as the SSID, etc.

In Terminal enter:

sudo ifconfig wlan0 down

You will be asked for your password, in order for this command to be run with the permissions needed. (if you don't have the permissions, you will be warned so.) This assumes wlan0 was your wireless interface.

Enter again:

ifconfig -a

and you should see wlan0 (or your interface) has been labelled DOWN.

To reverse this, enter:

sudo ifconfig wlan0 up