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Question: Possible to Show Ethernet Status in Menu Bar?

I remember in Snow Leopard, I could see the ethernet status up in the gray menu bar to the left of the clock along with the wi-fi, bluetooth, etc status but for whatever reason I'm not seeing the ethernet status. Is that normal/expected? Is it possible to get it to show up?

iMac (27-inch, Late 2013), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)

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I dont think Mac shows status of ethernet connections by defualt in the menu bar.


There is an app on Mac App Store which does that: Ethernet Status

It also shows status of Thunderbolt network adaptors, so works with my Mac Book Air.


Hope this helps.

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Dec 3, 2013 3:13 PM in response to GreenAppleCore In response to GreenAppleCore

I connected my USB Ethernet adopter(OEM) yesterday and had the same issue, while researching the forum here I perused this link posted by V.K <https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2022621>.


Accordingly, I went into System/Library/CoreServices/MenuExtras/ then double clicked on WWAN.menu for cable broadband. I think for DSL you'll need to click on PPPoE.menu.


This worked for me on Macbook Air, Mavericks 10.9. I hope his helps.

Dec 3, 2013 3:13 PM

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Apr 8, 2014 2:30 AM in response to GreenAppleCore In response to GreenAppleCore

That Icon you see is for PPPoE connections. I dont think it shows status of ethernet connections.


There is an app on Mac App Store which does exactly that: Ethernet Status

It also shows status of Thunderbolt network adaptors, so works with my Mac Book Air


Hope this helps.

Apr 8, 2014 2:30 AM

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Apr 8, 2014 2:34 AM in response to GreenAppleCore In response to GreenAppleCore

I dont think Mac shows status of ethernet connections by defualt in the menu bar.


There is an app on Mac App Store which does that: Ethernet Status

It also shows status of Thunderbolt network adaptors, so works with my Mac Book Air.


Hope this helps.

Apr 8, 2014 2:34 AM

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Apr 8, 2014 4:04 AM in response to GreenAppleCore In response to GreenAppleCore

Ethernet doesn't have a status as such - unlike Bluetooth and WiFi it's always on, so what's going on with it depends on the gear it's connected to. You set it up in Network in the prefs, usually (if you are on broadband) to use DHCP: from then on it 'just works' (to coin a phrase).


The third party utility MenuMeters puts some network stuff in the menu bar.

Apr 8, 2014 4:04 AM

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Feb 10, 2017 11:51 PM in response to GreenAppleCore In response to GreenAppleCore

Late to answer but still for those landing here looking for a Ethernet connectivity status icon in menu bar, check this macOS app Ethernet Status - The Missing LAN Status Bar Icon. It shows ethernet interface, IP Address and if interface is active via changing menu bar icon. More here


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*PS: I am the developer of the app*

Feb 10, 2017 11:51 PM

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