Hi I know there are a few questions asked very similar to the above, but can someone please provide a full methodology for disabling the wifi via the blacklisting method, as i dont know where to begin.

  • Wait, do you want to block other devices or disable Wifi? These are different things...
    – Jacobm001
    Apr 20, 2016 at 22:50
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    Just completely disable the built in wifi as I have a 5GHz usb dongle Apr 20, 2016 at 23:30

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In this post you can find the answer

Disable drivers by editing the file /etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf and add:

blacklist brcmfmac
blacklist brcmutil


Backup the file before editing sudo cp /etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf /etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf.backup

  1. sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf
  2. Edit text
  3. Press F3 to save changes
  4. Press F2 to exit
  • Yes but how do I do that step by step Apr 21, 2016 at 21:58
  • Open file /etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf and just add 2 strings. Apr 21, 2016 at 21:59
  • With what program? Apr 21, 2016 at 22:01
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    sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf. Edit text. Press F3 for saving. Press F2 to exit. Apr 21, 2016 at 22:02

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