When we keep hearing the same questions for DD-WRT, we try to address them with a FlashRouters FAQ post. We know that if one person asks something, 10 others probably have the same question.

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A Common Query: Turning Off WiFi on a DD-WRT Router

Dear FlashRouters,

I love my DD-WRT router, but I’m not sure how to turn off the WiFi when I need to. I don’t like the idea of my WiFi broadcasting while I sleep. I also would like to set a deadline when the kids can even use the Internet by completely shutting it off.

Can you tell me what to do? Is there an easy way to turn off my WiFi?

-Confused in Columbus

How to Turn Off WiFi Radio On A DD-WRT Router

Thankfully, DD-WRT offers a few easy options that you can utilize for turning off the WiFi completely, or just disabling the public broadcast of a wireless signal.

Please note, older versions of DD-WRT or certain router models may not support this feature. Instead, users can turn off Wi-Fi bands via DD-WRT Wireless settings, as explained below.

How Do I Turn Off Wi-Fi On Newer Versions of DD-WRT?

  1. Go to Wireless > Basic Settings page in DD-WRT settings
  2. Set Wireless Network Mode to Disabled for any band that you want to disable.
  3. Click Apply Settings

Please note, older versions of DD-WRT or certain router models may not support this feature. Instead, users can turn off Wi-Fi bands via DD-WRT Wireless settings, as explained below.

Once you save and apply your settings, the wireless network will no longer broadcast. It will be inaccessible until you change the settings back.

Disable Wifi on Newer Versions of DD-WRT – How to Turn Off Wi-Fi on a DD-WRT Router

Disable WiFi In Older Wireless Routers and DD-WRT Builds

On older models, you can turn the WPS button into a radio toggle! This will allow you to be able to turn the Wi-Fi radio off physically by pushing a button on the router.

Under the Services tab Scroll down SES/AOSS/EZ-SETUP/WPS Button on the router that allows you to turn the radio on and off.

How To Create a Wireless Off Button on a WiFi Router

This makes the WPS/AOSS/EZ-SETUP button on the router a functional button. While flashing to DD-WRT disables this button by default, it is now usable with a new purpose! The reason for disabling WPS and AOSS is that WPS is very simple to crack, and is a major security flaw that should never be used.

What’s the Right Method For Turning Off Wi-Fi On My DD-WRT Router?

The proper method for turning off Wi-Fi on DD-WRT depends on your router model and firmware version. You can easily just check in your router settings to see if they match what you see here. But if you have questions, our configuration specialists can assist you in finding the right solution, either via our customizable service plans or via our personalized Flash My Router plan.

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Benefits of DD-WRT FlashRouters

Our DD-WRT FlashRouters come with all of the tools you need to tweak your Wi-Fi radio and SSID broadcast options. On top of that, it comes with a heap of other features! Here’s a list of just some of them:

  • Fully customizable VPN options, including OpenVPN, IPSec, & L2TP Settings which allow you to utilize your VPN subscription on any device you connect, including SmartTVs, Roku, and FireSticks!
  • Major security holes removed, like WPS and manufacturer backdoors.
  • Advanced Networking Modes for WDS, Repeaters & Client Bridges.
  • Improved QoS (Quality of Service) which lets you take over the process of allocating your bandwidth for VOIP, streaming service & popular websites.
  • Ability to Restrict Usage by Time & Block Websites.
  • Advanced DNS settings.

For a complete listing of features and a DD-WRT explanatory video, head over to the DD-WRT Intro.

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Wondering which router might work for you? Take a look at our popular best DD-WRT routers page to find the right network centerpiece for your needs:

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Have an open-source firmware or Wi-Fi-related question? Feel free to reach out!