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:

  1. 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?
  2. After you've created your network settings for the first location, create settings for your second one. To do this, while still in the Network preferences pane of System Preferences, from the drop-down menu next to "Location:", select Edit Locations....
  3. Click the + (plus sign), and then type in a name for your new location. Click Done, and then Apply to make the new location active.
  4. Enter 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. Select the name of the location from which you want to connect.

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Last modified on 2016-06-01 00:00:00.

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