Troubleshooting No Ethernet Option on Mac Network Preferences

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Are you having trouble connecting to a network on your Mac because there is no Ethernet option in the Network Preferences? Don’t worry, it’s a common issue and can usually be fixed easily.

First, check the Ethernet cable to make sure it’s not damaged. Make sure the cable is securely connected to both the Ethernet port on your Mac and the device. If necessary, remove and then reconnect the cable to make sure it’s connected properly.

Next, you’ll want to check your network settings to make sure they’re correct. To do this, go to Apple menu > System Settings > Network. In the sidebar, select an Ethernet service on the right-hand side of the window (you may need to scroll down). The name of the network service should be displayed along with its connection status indicator. Click Details to view additional information and change settings for this network service.

If you don’t see an Ethernet option available in your Network Preferences, you can try disabling and re-enabling your Ethernet connection or running a Network Adapter troubleshooter. You can also update or reinstall your network adapter driver if necessary.

Hopefully, this post has been helpful in solving your Mac’s lack of an Ethernet option in its Network Preferences!

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Troubleshooting Ethernet Connection Issues on Mac

Ethernet may not be showing up on Mac for a few different reasons. First, make sure the Ethernet cable is securely connected and not damaged. Then, check network settings to make sure they are correct. If that doesn’t work, try resetting your Mac’s System Management Controller (SMC) by shutting down your computer and unplugging it from the power source for at least 15 seconds. After that, plug it back in and turn it on again. If none of these steps resolve the issue, contact Apple support for further assistance.

Adding Ethernet to Network Preferences on Mac

To add an Ethernet connection to your Mac’s Network Preferences, first open System Preferences by selecting the Apple menu at the top left of your screen. Next, click ‘Network’ in the sidebar and select an Ethernet service on the right. You may need to scroll down to find it. Once selected, click ‘Details’ to change the settings for the network service. Here you can customize various options such as IP Address, DNS Servers, Subnet Mask, and Router address as needed. Finally, click ‘Apply’ at the bottom of the window to save your changes.

Troubleshooting Ethernet Connection Issues

There are several possible reasons why your Ethernet option is not showing. It could be that the Ethernet port on your computer is defective, or it could be that the Ethernet cable you are using is not compatible with your system. Additionally, it is possible that the network adapter driver on your computer is not up to date or has become corrupted. Finally, there may be a problem with the settings of your router or modem. To troubleshoot this issue, you can try disabling and re-enabling your Ethernet connection, running the Network Adapter troubleshooter, updating or reinstalling your network adapter driver, and checking the settings of your router or modem.

Forcing a Mac to Use Ethernet

To force your Mac to connect to an Ethernet connection, go to the Apple menu > System Preferences, and click Network in the sidebar. Select your Ethernet service from the list on the right. If it is not already connected, click Connect. If it is already connected, you can click Disconnect and then Connect again to force it to reconnect. Once connected, you can click Details to change settings for the network service if desired.

Showing Ethernet on Mac

To show the Ethernet connection on your Mac, you first need to open System Preferences. From the dock, select System Preferences and then select the Network applet. On the left-hand side, select Ethernet. In the lower right, click on Advanced. For OS X 10.8 and 10.9, select the Hardware tab and the MAC Address should be listed there. For other OS X versions, select the Ethernet tab instead. Once you have selected either of these tabs, you should be able to see your Ethernet connection information.

Are WIFI and Ethernet MAC Addresses the Same?

No, the MAC address for a WiFi connection and a wired (Ethernet) connection are not the same. Each type of connection requires its own unique MAC address. The MAC address for a WiFi connection is typically printed on the bottom or back of the router or access point. The MAC address for a wired (Ethernet) connection can be found by opening your Network Connections control panel in Windows or System Preferences in Mac OS X.


In conclusion, Mac is a great choice for anyone looking for an easy-to-use and reliable operating system. It offers a wide range of features and applications that make it a great choice for users of all types. With its powerful hardware, intuitive user interface, and wide selection of software, Mac makes it easy to stay productive and connected to the world around you. The OS also offers robust security features to keep your data safe and secure. All in all, Mac is an excellent choice for those looking for a reliable and user-friendly experience.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.