Mac Wifi Menu Bar Advanced Options

By now, perhaps you’ve caught on to the trend that the Alt/Option key (⌥) allows you to do some really nifty things with regard to the menu bar on your Mac. For example, clicking the volume button on the menu bar while holding the ⌥ key lets you switch audio outputs and inputs with ease.

As you might have already gathered, the same principal applies to the Wi-Fi button on the menu bar. By holding the ⌥ key while clicking the Wi-Fi button, you gain access to a plethora of technical details related to your Mac’s Wi-Fi connection.

The standard method for retrieving your Mac’s IP address is by going to System Preferences → Network as shown below:

System Preferences Network

But to quickly gain access to your Mac’s Wi-Fi IP address, do the following:

Step 1: hold the Alt/Option key on your Mac’s keyboard

Step 2: click the Wi-Fi button in the menu bar

Step 3: find the IP address under the name of the currently connected network

Along with IP address, you’ll also gain quick access to your wireless router’s IP address, the transmit rate, SNR, and more. You’ll find that this is also a good way to grab your wireless MAC address, interface name, and wireless channel.

Although you can easily find your Wi-Fi IP address by venturing to System Preferences → Network, this method will save you at least a click or two. You can also glean much more detailed information from the menu bar that you can from the root of the Network section of System Preferences.

How do you normally go about retrieving your Mac’s Internet connection details when you need it? Share your thoughts, opinions and suggestions down below in the comments section.