Help with multiple Wi-Fi connections and proxies

RiseDarthVader

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I just need some help with setting up multiple Wi-Fi connections. One for when I'm home and when I'm at college. So at home I just connect automatically without needing any proxies. But when I'm at the college I need to go into the settings menu and turn on the proxy settings which is very annoying to have to do everyday when going to and leaving the campus. So is there a way to set up separate Wi-Fi profiles or something in ML so that my MBP automatically detects which network I'm connected to and turns on/off the proxies automatically.

If you don't know what I'm on about I've got screenshots here:
http://imgur.com/a/u32sJ
 

Weaselboy

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I just need some help with setting up multiple Wi-Fi connections. One for when I'm home and when I'm at college. So at home I just connect automatically without needing any proxies. But when I'm at the college I need to go into the settings menu and turn on the proxy settings which is very annoying to have to do everyday when going to and leaving the campus. So is there a way to set up separate Wi-Fi profiles or something in ML so that my MBP automatically detects which network I'm connected to and turns on/off the proxies automatically.

If you don't know what I'm on about I've got screenshots here:
http://imgur.com/a/u32sJ
Just setup the two profiles in OS X networking, then use the free app Control Plane to automatically join the correct network based in where you are.
 

satcomer

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You don't need any ay special software. To save a configuration for both networks is really easy. Just open System Preferences->Network pane. There look at the top of the pane the 'Location' toggle bar. Use the bar to 'Edit' a Location and window will pop-out. Then you can click the + button to add a custom named network (like Home or College or Roaming). Then when you are at 'Home' for example select the Home Location in System Preferences->Network pane. Then join the "Home" network and then while in the still in the Network pane be sure to click the 'Apply' button to save those settings to your custom named network. Then you can do the same for your "College" .

So make the two or there separate custom named networks. Then one you saved each network to the appropriate configuration so when you are back you can just go in System Preferences->Network and and select the custom named network and it will have that network's saved configuration. That was the purpose Apple made the 'Location' part of the network pane. So a user can add custom named networks to save different Network settings (that can be changed at the user's whim).
 

Weaselboy

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You don't need any ay special software. To save a configuration for both networks is really easy. Just open System Preferences->Network pane. There look at the top of the pane the 'Location' toggle bar. Use the bar to 'Edit' a Location and window will pop-out. Then you can click the + button to add a custom named network (like Home or College or Roaming). Then when you are at 'Home' for example select the Home Location in System Preferences->Network pane. Then join the "Home" network and then while in the still in the Network pane be sure to click the 'Apply' button to save those settings to your custom named network. Then you can do the same for your "College" .

So make the two or there separate custom named networks. Then one you saved each network to the appropriate configuration so when you are back you can just go in System Preferences->Network and and select the custom named network and it will have that network's saved configuration. That was the purpose Apple made the 'Location' part of the network pane. So a user can add custom named networks to save different Network settings (that can be changed at the user's whim).
This is the two profiles I mentioned in my post above, but it does not automatically join the correct network like OP wants. The two profiles you described coupled with Control Plane to automatically select the network is what the OP was after.
 

satcomer

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This is the two profiles I mentioned in my post above, but it does not automatically join the correct network like OP wants. The two profiles you described coupled with Control Plane to automatically select the network is what the OP was after.
Well I haven't found a Mountain Lion free application yet, sorry! Applications like Airport Location haven't been updated for Mountain Lion yet, if ever.
 

Weaselboy

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Just setup the two profiles in OS X networking, then use the free app Control Plane to automatically join the correct network based in where you are.
Well I haven't found a Mountain Lion free application yet, sorry! Applications like Airport Location haven't been updated for Mountain Lion yet, if ever.
I linked to Control Plane in my first post. Free app that does exactly what the OP wants. Or am I missing something in your post? :)
 
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