Mac OS X - Reinstalling Network Adapters

This document details how to delete/reset network adapters in OS X.

Note: You will need Administrative privileges on the computer to perform this action.

  1. Open System Preferences from within the Apple menu.

  2. System_Preferences.png
  3. Choose the Network option.

  4. System_Preferences_Network.png
  5. Highlight the network adapter that is causing difficulties and press the "-" sign in the bottom of the left hand column.

  6. Network_Highlight_Adapter.png
  7. Click Apply in the bottom right hand corner of the page to apply these changes.

  8. Network_Apply.png
  9. It is strongly recommended that you restart the computer to apply these changes.

  10. After restarting the machine, open the Network panel by repeating Steps 1-2.

  11. If the adapters which you previously removed have not appeared, you will need to press the "+" sign in the bottom of the left hand column.

  12. Network_Add.png
  13. Choose the interface of the adapter that you deleted prior to restarting your computer and click Create.

  14. Network_Interface.png
  15. After clicking Apply, this adapter should be added and functional once again.

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Created2012-10-03 12:31:33Updated2019-02-24 11:36:32
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