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andrew's avatar

Is there any way for my mac to automatically chose one location when I'm on my home LAN, but another when I'm not?

Asked by andrew (16358points) April 26th, 2008

I’m running Leopard. Seems like it should be built into “Locations”, but it’s not.

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richardhenry's avatar

This article: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106653 describes the capabilities of the Network Locations preferences in OS X… maybe you’ll find something in there or one of the associated guides. I remember there being some sort of more advanced utility for location management on the Mac… I’ll have a good think for you.

andrew's avatar

@richardhenry: Hrm… doesn’t really mention “automatically” switching though. I still have to change my Location manually.

richardhenry's avatar

I’m guessing it can’t be done out of the box with OS X. I tried Googling, but I can’t remember the name of that networking utility…

richardhenry's avatar

I wonder if you could write an AppleScript?

Allie's avatar

Do you mean like wireless locations? When I go to UCD, my MB Pro picks up the UCD wireless network automatically. So I’m pretty sure there is a way to do it.. if this is what you’re trying to do.

andrew's avatar

@richardhenry:
I had no idea quicksilver could change the locations. I suppose that I could write a script that polls and sees when the network changes, then tries to applies the changes.

PupnTaco's avatar

Location X will switch default printers, outgoing mail servers and more when you enter different specified networks.

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