Switching Network Locations from the Menu Bar

Switching Locations

This next section covers a tool called Network Location from http://networklocationapp.com/ to help automate the switching of locations.


You can always open the System Preferences, Network and change the configured locations. But I use a piece of software call Network Location to provide me with a menu list from the Tool Bar of OSX.

Network Location and Automatic Switching


This section looks at putting atool into the menubar to quickly switch between locations.


Open Network Location and select the + icon to add a new Location


Type in the Title of your new location


With the new location selected, go to the right side and press the + icon


Select Change the System Location.


And select the Network Location that we created earlier. The Open Network Preferences button will take you directly to the System Preferences if you have forgotten the name


I have set the Network Location, turned of my wireless (since having two network adapters active isn’t very helpful when testing), and turned the volume off (after all, it’s a lab and you should be studying, right ?


And now on the menu bar I have a menu option that will switch to my LabLoc network profile that I created earlier. So I can very quickly switch between the different ethernet interface configurations that I put together.

There are other products that also provide Network Location switching. <a href=”http://www.symonds.id.au/marcopolo/”>Marco Polo</a>is a freeware tool that worked OK but I had some unusual problems and moved to a commercial product when I realised how useful this was. There is also<a href=”http://homepage.mac.com/locationmanager/”>LocationX</a> and <a href=”http://?www?.45rpm?soft?ware?.com/?4?5?R?P?M?/?L?o?c?a?matic.html”>Locamatic</a> (Donationware) but I personally have not used these products.


Network Location can do a lot more than just switch between Network Locations but you can work those out for yourself.

When I am testing a new network I can have tem or more different network locations. Wehn I am working at muliple sites, with different customers, the network configurations can be complicated with proxy settings. This procedure is hopefully more helpful and useful.

About Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count.

He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at EtherealMind.com and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus

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  • Santino Rizzo

    To just change Network Location: Apple Menu –> Locations

  • http://twitter.com/avalonhawk Ed

    Cool! I like the idea of having an app to create multiple locations with preset preferences besides just network. Will have to check that out when I get back home to my Mac. (Booo corp. standards =)

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