If required, you can Change or Setup Network Priority on your MacBook, Mac-Mini or iMac to make sure that it is always connecting to your preferred Network Type (WiFi or Ethernet) or connecting to your preferred Wi-Fi Network (Home or Office).
Setup Network Priority on Mac
It is quite normal for most users to access internet on Mac using WiFi Network at Home, while using wired network (Ethernet) at office due to work related guidelines or requirements.
In such cases, it is better to setup Network Priority on your MacBook to make sure that it is always connecting to your preferrred Network type first (WiFi or Ethernet).
Another reason for changing Network Priority on Mac is to fix Network connectivity problems, due to Mac connecting to a Network that is no longer valid or active.
1. How to Change Network Priority on Mac (WiFi or Ethernet)
Follow the steps below to Change or Setup Network Priority on your Mac.
1. Click on Apple Logo in top-menu bar and select System Preferences in the drop-down menu.
2. On System Preferences screen, click on the Network icon.
3. On Network Settings screen, click on Gear icon located at bottom of Network services column and select Set Service Order option in the drop-down menu.
4. On Service Order window, drag your preferred Network type (WiFi or Ethernet) to top, followed by your second option.
For example, drag Ethernet to top and move WiFi below, if you want your Mac to always connect to Ethernet or Wired Connection.
5. Once you are done reordering Networks, click on OK to save your changes.
After this, you will find your Mac always connecting to your preferred Network type, whenever it wakes up or gets re-started.
2. Setup WiFi Network Priority On Mac
If you are connecting to multiple WiFi Networks (Home, Office, Library), you can Reorder WiFi Networks on your Mac to make sure that it is always connecting to your Preferred WiFi Network.
1. Click on Apple Logo > System Preferences > Network.
2. On the Network screen, select WiFi in the left-pane. In the right-pane, scroll down a bit and click on the Advanced button.
3. On the next screen, drag your Preferred WiFi Network to the top in Preferred Networks window.
4. Click on OK to save your Preferred WiFi Network Settings.