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Chapter 1. Mac Os X Annoyances > SET UP NETWORKING FOR MULTIPLE CITIES

SET UP NETWORKING FOR MULTIPLE CITIES

The Annoyance:

I travel regularly to multiple cities with my PowerBook and need to connect to the Internet via modem, as well as to various Ethernet and AirPort networks. I've figured out that I can add multiple phone numbers to the modem pane of Internet Connect. I also know that I don't have to carry around a piece of paper with the various settings-I can create multiple port configurations in Network preferences. But then when I get to a city, I have to check and uncheck the various port configurations that apply. Is there an easier way?

The Fix:

Create a different network location for each city you travel to. In Mac OS X, a single network location can store multiple settings for modem, Ethernet, AirPort, and virtual private networks (VPN). To switch them all, you need only to change the Location item in the Apple menu, as shown in Figure 1-19. All of these port settings switch at once, and the ports (and modem phone numbers) for other cities are hidden. Even if you're only changing the modem settings, it's still easier to switch between them if you create locations, because you never have to open Internet Connect or System Preferences to change the settings.


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