How to set the default wireless network in macOS High Sierra

By default, macOS High Sierra attempts to join the wireless network it was most recently connected to. However, if you’re like me, you have a Wi-Fi network you use the most often. You can set it as the default network in macOS High Sierra.

The wireless networks your computer has connected to are listed in the Wi-Fi pane of Network preferences. You can set up your Mac to join a preferred network when you start your computer, wake it from sleep, or turn Wi-Fi on. Here’s how:

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Network.
  • Click Wi-Fi in the list at the left, then click Advanced.
  • If Wi-Fi isn’t in the list, make sure your Mac has wireless capability, then click the Add button (a plus sign) at the bottom of the list. Click the Interface pop-up menu, choose Wi-Fi, give the service a name, then click Create.
  • Click Wi-Fi.
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If the network you expect to see isn’t in the preferred networks list, click the Add button at the bottom of the list, then click Show Networks. Click the network you want to add to the list, then click Join. If the network is protected by a password, enter it.

Drag the the network you want to give highest priority to the top of the preferred networks list. This is the network your computer will try to join first.

To delete a network from the list, select it, then click the Remove button (the minus  sign).

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)