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I would like to disconnect from my wifi network on OS X Lion.

I do not want to forget the network nor turn wifi off.
I just want to be able to connect and disconnect at will.
- How do I do this?

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OS X Lion remembers the WiFi networks that you (successfully) logged into. The network name is stored in a .plist file and any password is stored (accessible using Keychain Access app). You should be able to connect and disconnect to your WiFi (provided it's on) at will. – Global nomad Dec 8 '11 at 16:44
I think you need to clarify why you want to do this without turning off WiFi. – Dustin Dec 8 '11 at 17:35

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You can disconnect from the current wireless network without turning wireless off by running the following command on the command line:

sudo /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/Current/Resources/airport -z
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Thanks very much --- but is there seriously no way to do this from the GUI? – David Given Aug 5 '14 at 19:04

Would setting up different locations under Network preferences, each having different way out settings be an option? You'd 'sort of' be disconnecting.

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I know that it's old question but maybe someone is looking for better solution. I've just found it: ⌥ + click on wifi icon

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Your router may also offer a user interface which offers a way to disconnect from the wifi network. I just tested it out with mine and it worked fine. I also tested the command line prompt described above, and that worked, too.

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