I have a rpi3 connected to an ethernet cable and via wireless to a router. I believe it may be the cause of terrible connectivity while ssh'ing into my pi3 since it lags horrible on some days, not others etc.

How do I temporarily disable the wifi connection from the terminal in order to determine if its a conflict between both adapters being active at the same time or not?

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    Could you explain why you need two connections to the same network in the first place? Aug 15, 2018 at 7:56

3 Answers 3


To turn WiFi off:

sudo rfkill block wifi

To turn WiFi back on:

sudo rfkill unblock wifi

To check the status of your wireless communication interfaces:

sudo rfkill list all
  • "sudo rfkill block wifi" and "sudo rfkill list all": 0: phy0: Wireless LAN Soft blocked: yes Hard blocked: no
    – pierre
    May 2, 2021 at 15:38

If you aren't worried about actually powering off the WiFi radio, you can probably just bring the WiFi's network interface down - "sudo ifconfig wlan0 down"

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    Before you do "sudo ifconfig wlan0 down", do me a favor and do "sudo ifconfig wlan0 up" and let me know the result. Please. "
    – Jan Hus
    Aug 15, 2018 at 3:22
  • After "sudo ifconfig wlan0 down" and "sudo ifconfig wlan0": wlan0: flags=4098<BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 ether b8:27:eb:f6:6c:b0 txqueuelen 1000 (Ethernet) RX packets 1523 bytes 113109 (110.4 KiB) RX errors 0 dropped 1 overruns 0 frame 0 TX packets 995 bytes 161281 (157.5 KiB) TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0
    – pierre
    May 2, 2021 at 15:20

Or if you want to disable WiFi at boot, in your /boot/ (or /boot/firmware/ ) "config.txt" file add or uncomment the line "dtoverlay=pi3-disable-wifi" Note that this may be simply "dtoverlay=disable-wifi" in newer configurations.

To reenable wifi, comment out the line with a leading hash (octothorpe) symbol. (a "#")

[ I use 'mcedit' as my preferred editor. Others may use vi, ed, vim, nano, or etc... For guidance on how to edit system configuration files: See other documents. Or RTFM. ]

  • Why not simply use rfkill block all? No reboot needed.
    – Dougie
    Feb 20, 2020 at 12:11
  • @Dougie Because some of us are neat-nicks. No WiFi means you can remove all the WiFi associated packages. Like 'rfkill' as it's no longer needed.
    – dave58
    Feb 21, 2020 at 18:11

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