I have annoying issue that my laptop is always trying to connect to my neighbour's WiFi which although it has a very weak signal strength always beats my access point placed in the same room with the laptop.

Please don't answer that I should go and edit connections and remove "connect automatically" on that particular network because that works only with the networks that my laptop had been connected to previously which is not the case here.

I've searched the web but doesn't seem to be able to find any answer for my predicament.

  • I don't understand your question completly, does your neighbour's WiFi have the same name?
    – Rafael
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 20:26
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    as @Rafael points out, it would be great if you could add some information - I wonder what is actually happening as well, because your laptop isn't supposed to automatically connect to anything.
    – embik
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 20:40
  • Your computer shouldn't attempt to connect to your neighbour's wifi if it requires authentication, and if it does then it would succeed and so you could go and remove “connect automatically”. Is this some kind of access point with a default name (e.g. named after the ISP)? Does it require authentication? Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 21:13
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    It tries to connect but isn't in your remembered networks list? You don't need to successfully connect for it to be remembered, just accidentally clicked once.
    – Lewis Goddard
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 22:08
  • Thank you all for your answers. What is happening is that my laptop is trying to connect to other wifi first. The other wifi is password protected so I click Cancel, go to wifi networks and manually select my wifi. The other wifi does not have the same name as mine. And yes, that is the most interesting part, my laptop is automatically trying to connect to other wifi even though it has never been connected to that wifi and the other wifi is not listed in remembered network list.
    – user511
    Commented Jul 22, 2015 at 4:46

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If it shows up in your network connection list, then just select and click delete.

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This should stop it from connecting automatically until/unless you attempt to connect again manually.

  • Thank you for your answer but as I explained in my question my laptop was never connected to other wifi so that wifi is not shown is network connections, therefore I cannot delete it.
    – user511
    Commented Jul 22, 2015 at 4:50
  • @WebShaped.Biz this sounds like a bug, if I'm not mistaken, as network-manager usually requires you to choose to connect to a network the first time it is discovered.
    – RolandiXor
    Commented Jul 22, 2015 at 15:52
  • Thanx @RolandiXor. What's more confusing is that the occurrence of this issue is far more frequent when my laptop is starting from suspend than when it's just booting from shut down.
    – user511
    Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 6:44
  • just FYI I can delete networks that I never connected to (showing as 'never') without any issue, so it is most likely a bug
    – jena
    Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 8:10

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