How to Combine Wi-Fi and Ethernet on a Mac

With Speedify, it’s easy to combine your Wi-Fi connection with an Ethernet connection on your Mac. In this article, we are going to walk you through how to do it.

Step 1: Connect your Mac to a Wi-Fi network using your computer's internal Wi-Fi card. This can be your home Wi-Fi network, a work network, or even a public network. Keep in mind, Wi-Fi and Ethernet networks that are connected to the same router cannot be combined for increased bandwidth using channel bonding applications like Speedify, because they both share the same upstream network. This means that your Ethernet connection must be different than your Wi-Fi connection. 

In many cases, you may already be connected to Wi-Fi. If you are not, click on the Wi-Fi symbol in the upper right-hand corner of the menu bar. Then turn Wi-Fi on and select your preferred network. Keep in mind, private networks may require you to enter a password before connecting.

Step 2: Now, it's time to connect to your Ethernet connection. Some older Macs come equipped with an Ethernet port, but most will require you to use either a Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet or USB-to-Ethernet adapter. Once you have connected your Ethernet cable to your laptop, plug the other end into your modem or router.

In most cases, you will connect to the internet automatically. If not, proceed as follows.

Step 2: Click the Apple menu and select System Preferences; then click Network.

Step 3: Select Ethernet from the list on the left, keeping in mind that it may be named according to the adapter you are using.

Step 4: Click the Configure IPv4 pop-up menu and choose your ISP’s recommended configuration method. You can read more about these configurations here.

Step 5: Under Advanced, click DNS. Then add a DNS server using the + button. Enter the IP address of your ISP’s DNS server.

Step 6: Click Apply to activate these settings. 

Step 7: Combine connections by turning on Speedify. When you launch Speedify, the software automatically detects the Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections. You will see them each contained in a Connection Bubble near the top of the Dashboard.

And presto! You’re combining connections with the magic of Channel Bonding for improved speed, reliability, and security. You are now free to go forth and browse the internet, stream videos, and use your apps as you normally would.

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