Tips to Effectively Manage WiFi Networks In OS X

There is a really good chance that on your Mac, the WiFi management section is the area you access most frequently. This is particularly true if you travel regularly and need to connect to different WiFi networks at different locations.

You might find yourself switching between different WiFi networks, to use the one with the most signal strength. You might also face various WiFi connectivity problems, in which your system connects to a network with less signal strength than another one in the nearby vicinity.

Here are some useful tips for you on how to effectively manage WiFi networks in OS X.

Most WiFi networks broadcast their networks publicly, so whenever you open a WiFi menu, you can automatically select the network, enter the password and connect to it. This, however, is not always the case. If you are pretty sure you’re in the vicinity of a WiFi network, but you can’t see it, try entering its name and password. To do this, simply click the WiFi icon and select “Join Other Network.”

Manage WiFi Networks - Join Network

This will bring up a dialog box similar to the one above, where you can easily enter the Network name and password (if there’s one) and connect to the network.

Our second tip for managing networks is that you should remove any that you do not use, or do not wish to use. This is most effective in situations when you have a massive list of available WiFi networks, but only want to connect to the ones that are the strongest.

To force OS X to choose only specific WiFi network(s), you have two options: You can either remove unwanted networks or prioritize them. To do this, simply follow the steps below:

1. Open up System Preferences from the Apple Menu.

Manage WiFi Networks - System Preferences

2. Click on Network.

Manage WiFi Networks

3. Choose Wi-Fi, and click on “Advanced.”

Manage WiFi Networks - Advanced Pane

In the Advanced panel, select the WiFi tab and you should see a list of all the networks you’ve ever connected to. To remove unwanted networks, simply select one or more than one network (Hold down “Shift” or “Command” to select multiple networks) and click on the “-” sign to remove them.

Manage WiFi Networks - Remove networks

To prioritise networks, you can simply drag networks to fit your specific order, to give priority over one another. In this manner, you can locate the networks you connect to by name, and then select and drag them above others that might be connected by the system preferentially.

Manage WiFi Networks - Drag Networks

When you’ve finished with all these settings changes, simply click on “OK” and close System Preferences to save the changes.


Many people have difficulty managing WiFi networks for their Mac. With the tips mentioned above, you should be able to effectively manage your WiFi networks, leading to a more productive OS X experience.

Do you have any more tips for us? Be sure to tell us below in the comments; we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Shujaa Imran
Shujaa Imran

Shujaa Imran is MakeTechEasier's resident Mac tutorial writer. He's currently training to follow his other passion become a commercial pilot. You can check his content out on Youtube

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