As the title suggests, I'm using a mac book pro with os x 10.9.2 and I connect to the network through the ethernet adapter thunderbolt.

Is there a way to get a reference icon in the menu bar, as is the case for the wifi?

I'd prefer not to use applications such as iStatsMenu or similar ..


2 Answers 2


Did you try this from: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5598818

I quote

Accordingly, I went into /System/Library/CoreServices/MenuExtras/ then double clicked on WWAN.menu for cable broadband. I think for DSL you'll need to click on PPPoE.menu.

Give it a try, otherwise you probably need third party apps like iStatsMenu

  • Thank you, if I add the PPPoE menu icon appears, but says it can not find the PPPoE settings, so you do not need to practically nothing. I think I will be forced to lean against third-party apps, even if they are all a bit 'suck!
    – Lughino
    Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 17:29
  • What happens if you click the WWAN.menu item?
    – Mauricio
    Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 17:54
  • Nothing happens if i click WWAN.menu
    – Lughino
    Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 18:37

Late to answer but still for those landing here looking for a Ethernet connectivity status icon in menu bar, check this macOS app Ethernet Status - The Missing LAN Status Bar Icon. It shows ethernet interface, IP Address and if interface is active via changing menu bar icon. More here

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PS: I am the developer of the app

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