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.

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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

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

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

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Type in the Title of your new location

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

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Select Change the System Location.

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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

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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 ?

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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.

Wrapup

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.

  • 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 =)