The question is: can I have different "Preferred Networks" when switching from one to another Network "Location"?

This issue has been discussed before at Ask Different: Can't I use different WiFi networks for different Locations?. However, I do not like a solution that ought to use some external App.

I would appreciate any comment! Thanks!

  • It supposed to do just that. So what is not working ?
    – Ruskes
    Commented Mar 23, 2015 at 15:20
  • All WiFis are appearing in all Locations :-(
    – striatum
    Commented Mar 23, 2015 at 20:28
  • You have to name them something other then just WiFi :) Like WiFi Home, WiFi Friend,,,,,Click on the Gear box and rename service according to the location!
    – Ruskes
    Commented Mar 23, 2015 at 20:47
  • @Ruskes however you name the location or the interface there is a leak between all the Wi-Fi settings.
    – dan
    Commented Aug 17, 2020 at 15:15

1 Answer 1


Each of your Locations will show WiFi.

To differentiate by location you have to rename them.

To do that click on the Gear box icon at the bottom of the location screen and choose rename service.

Now you can get creative in naming the service to your liking in each of the Locations. The WiFi function will remain.

  • Your approach doesn't seem to do what I think the OP asked. I began with a single location: Automatic. From there I create a New Location (NEWLOCATION). In the NEWLOCATION Network panel, I re-name the WiFi to WiFi-NEWLOCATION. I Apply these changes, then use the Advanced... menu to edit the Preferred Networks for Wi-Fi-NEWLOCATION. I select OK, & Apply again. I'm now connected to the actual WiFi service in my actual location. But when I return to Automatic by selecting and Applying, I find the changes I made to Wi-Fi-NEWLOCATION have also been applied to (the default) Wi-Fi.
    – Seamus
    Commented Apr 9, 2020 at 11:15
  • This suggested solution doesn't work wirh Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra and High Sierra. Is it working with any more recent version?
    – dan
    Commented Aug 17, 2020 at 15:03

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