In Mac OS X, how can I connect from multiple locations via different network configurations?
In Mac OS X, it is often possible to connect from different physical locations without changing your network settings. However, if you must use different network configurations, you may create settings, called "locations", for each place you want to connect from. To set up several different network configurations:
- Configure your network settings for one of the places from which
you want to connect (e.g., from home with a modem, or from
your office using Ethernet). See At IUB or IUPUI, in Mac OS X, how can I manually configure my computer to connect to the network?
- After you've created your network settings for the first location,
create settings for your second one. To do this, while still in the
Networkpreferences portion of System Preferences, from the pull-down menu next to "Location:", select
Edit Locations...(10.5 and later) or
New Location...(10.4 and earlier).
- In 10.5 and later, click the
+(plus sign), and then type in a name for your new location. In 10.4 and earlier, in the dialog box that appears, type a name for your new location. Click
OK, and then
Applyto make the new location active.
- Input the settings for your second location. (See step 1 above.)
- If you have additional locations to create, follow steps 2 through 4 for each one.
Once you've finished setting up your different network locations,
to switch between them, from the Apple menu, choose
Location. Then, select the name of the location from which
you want to connect.
Last modified on August 28, 2012.