At work I'd like to be able to use a static ip over wifi for development purposes. At home however, since I'm on a different network I don't want to use a static ip, but dhcp. On OSX 10.8, how can I configure this in a way that I don't have to manually change over each time I switch networks?


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Configure separate network Locations.

  1. On the Network pane in System Preferences, use the Location pop-up menu to create a new location name.

  2. Press the + (plus) button to create a new location.

  3. Click the Done button.

  4. Click the Apply button in the Network pane.

You can now configure and select separate network locations via the drop down in the Network pane.

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    Awesome, never even noticed that feature before. Thanks
    – Jared Eitnier
    Aug 5, 2013 at 17:14
  • I found this which seems to do what I'm looking for: itunes.apple.com/us/app/locations-3/id437317622?mt=12 Aug 6, 2013 at 0:25
  • This is an elegant solution with Mac but I still love iOS's network configuration per network. That's something we really want!
    – sarat
    Sep 24, 2014 at 3:28

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