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IPAddressSentinel is a menu bar app which displays and copies your current machines IP addresses and name. (Only the "first" IP address found to save space.).

Since the app registers itself to receive notifications of changes in machine IP address, it is always current, and you can use it to know when you Mac is connected to the Internet by just looking at your menu bar. If it is not connected then the title will be empty: "-.-.-.-".

This app can also:

  • Include machine name in menu bar
  • Include wireless network name in menu bar
  • Show the external Ip address in the menu
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What's New

Version 1.2.3:
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the app to quit when the option to display the wireless network name is selected in Preferences > Settings.

Requirements

OS X 10.6.6 or later

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Macfool Member IconReview+253
Macfool
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In Google enter IP - hit return.

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Version 1.2.3
Fishscale Member IconComment+868
Fishscale
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If you decide you like this app, spend the extra few bucks and buy the utilities bundle offered by the developer. You get this app plus a ton of others for 5 more dollars. Support and updates are the same.

So if price is keeping you from purchasing, consider the utilities bundle.

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Version 1.2.2
Michael Haeusler Member IconComment+83
Michael Haeusler
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Not working anymore, because whatismyip.com have changed their policy. See here: http://automation.whatismyip.com/n09230945.asp … and here: http://www.whatismyip.com/membership-options/ … free users will now be restricted to 5 IP lookups per 24 hours, which renders the app useless. For the time being users could hack the IPSentinelStatus code to use checkip at dyndns instead, but they don't give you the DNS name, and their html code isn't compatible with the way IP info is displayed in the IPSentinelStatus menu. Definitely needs an update.

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Version 1.2
Michael Haeusler
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Furthermore, email notification is buggy, the app always loses the mail account password.

Michael Haeusler
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A better alternative to dyndns is http://whatismyip.akamai.com/ … still no DNS name, but at least no html bugs with that IP lookup address.

But IPSentinelStatus still loses the email account password for some reason. (Logging to Console works fine, though.)

NOTE: until there is an update, you will have to manually hack the code with an app like HexEdit or Resorcerer:

Quit IPSentinelStatus, make a backup copy, open the original's binary in /Applications/IPSentinelStatus/Contents/MacOS/ with the editor of your choice, search for "http://automation.whatismyip.com/n09230945.asp" in the code (without the " " of course), you should find four instances, replace it with the akamai IP lookup URL, plus some random numbers or letters, e.g. "http://whatismyip.akamai.com/0000000n092309450" (without the " " of course"), save, and you're good to go: launch IPSentinelStatus again… worked for me. The additional numbers after the / in the new URL are necessary to have a URL with the same length as the original, so the code isn't messed up.

Osxi Member IconComment+6
Osxi
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I like the idea of this app but it's not working properly on my MacBook Pro running 10.6.4. Even though I've set the preferences to show the external ip in the menu, it is showing the local ip. Also, it intermittently doesn't show anything at all. I looked on the devs website for a support page and couldn't find anything. If these issues get worked out I would consider buying it.

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Version 1.1.5
Jppagliaro Member IconComment+84
Jppagliaro
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This is a developer comment in reply to some of the other user feedback:

I just took a quick look at BwanaDik, looks good. Does very similar basic operation, but these are different applications. Also, the preferences have been moved into the app itself, rather than requiring a separate preference pane. This is something I will be incorporating into all my menu bar applications over time, in the near future.

IPSentinelStatus, although not free, is part of a bundle, my "Utilities Bundle." When you register any utility in the bundle, including IPSentinelStatus, you get all of them! I think that's quite an unusual deal and package of Mac Apps for such a low price, and upgrades to everything is always free. So give them a try! This is the home page for the Utility Bundle: http://www.limit-point.com/Utilities.html

Finally, if anyone finds missing features or problems, in any of my applications, that they would like incorporated or fixed, just let me know. I always try to accommodate your suggestions, in any product I write. This is how the a product evolves. I am very accessible via email. Check out the website at: http://www.limit-point.com/Contact.html. I check email much more frequently than the reviews because of time constraints. Please accept my apology for that, and I look forward to hearing from you in email!

Ciao

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Version 1.1.5
Macnews
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I didn't see this reply. How is your app different from Bwanadik, other than allowing for the copying of the ip address from the menu? The only other differences I can see are not good; filesize and price being two of them: Bwanadik: Free and 290k -- Ip Sentinel: $14.99 and 1.3mb.

Solosaint
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App looks very nice. I would buy today if you could have it run WITHOUT anything in the menu bar. I want an app like this for my mini (mainly for the email functionally ) but do not want anything in the menu bar ...

Jppagliaro
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I may be able to work out an option to achieve a menuless app; contact me directly at joe@limit-point.com. There are various approaches that can be taken.

For the other reply: $14.99 is the price for the entire utility bundle which IPSentinelStatus is a part of. The utilities are described here:

http://www.limit-point.com/Utilities.html

As for file size difference, isn't that difference in app size a bit irrelevant these days? I could see this a valid complaint, say, ten years ago. Hard drives continue to get larger and larger each year, not to mention generally cheaper - is this not true?

I am sorry to say I am not in this business just for fun. It is a lot of fun for sure, but I do have bills too, so I must charge money for my work. Do you get paid for your work? Sorry!

Jppagliaro
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I just checked out Bwanadik, and although I do not like to point out deficiencies in other developers products, I must point this out since I was pressed for exhibiting a different between IPSentinelStatus and that product.

So, how about this, noted by that developer, for the last version:

"Ability to send email alerts removed, as Apple removed the ability to do this in Cocoa under 10.5."

IPSentinelStatus sends email alerts for changes to both internal and external IP addresses. And, this latest version now supports mail servers that require SSL, like Gmail.

I think if you do a detailed comparison of these two products you will find they are significantly different in that the feature sets only over lap in basically one way: they display IP address in menu bar.

And once again, I will point out, IPSentinelStatus is not sold by itself, but is a member of a very large software bundle of utilities I wrote for the Mac:

http://www.limit-point.com/Utilities.html

It's probably one of the best priced and useful software bundles that exists for the Mac.

Michael Haeusler
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Missing features request after some testing & reading other people's reviews: (a) add additional external IP servers that allow a frequency below 6 minutes (like checkip.dyndns.com) = option to manually select server from list; (b) manual refresh option in menu (grayed-out depending on external server rules); (c) include external DNS and name of connected WiFi/LAN in email notification (very important!); (d) include date & time of IP change in email notification (as it is logged to console); (e) maybe also options to clear console logs manually plus automated task (e.g. clear every week or so); (f) option to display external IP in menu title instead of internal IP

Macnews Member IconComment+77
Macnews
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Bwanadik is free, has more features, and looks better; and, to top it all, hasn't been updated in ages and is *still* better!

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Version 1.1.1
Fishscale
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Bwanadik is great... not abandoned even though it has not been updated in a bit. It was updated and run great on SL for anybody with that concern. Another plus is you won't have to have a pref pane and an app like ipsentinel, just a small app.

For simple displaying of an ip address I suggest you take a look at ipmenulet. Small memory footprint and Open Source. It does only display your ip address so those looking for email reminders and the "works" I would definitely recommend you take advantage of Bwanadik.

fishscale Member IconComment+868
fishscale
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limit-point makes good software and I was hoping this would be as I thought but like the response below me, it merely picks up my internal ip and does not show external at all. If your looking for a program to display your external ip address in the menubar with automatic refresh and just a click to refresh it yourself I would check out the Free IPMenulet. It won't perform tasks such as emailing you when your external changes but it will show your external, and update itself before you even have the chance to refresh it most of the time. Never had a glitch w/ IPMenulet. I also never had a glitch w/ IPSentinel... it just wouldn't pick up my external over my network. Of course it could be an error on my part but this is my experience. Try both out, see which suits you best and go from there. limit-point is constantly updating which is nice, IPMenulet not as much but then again it doesn't need an update as it is quite a simple little bugger that does the trick.

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Version 1.0.10
fishscale
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I'm commenting my own review hmmm, I know the developer responded to the post about the external not being visible and that it was fixed a few versions back but I for some reason still have the same problem. Other than that, if you want to be updated when your ip changes, buy limit-point's bundle if that's not needed, then check out the simpler freeware apps, but for the value, you can't beat this piece of software. I feel my original comment was a bit harsh but it didn't fit my needs, and I expressed that. Must be my router or something but when connected to other connections the developer was right, external can be displayed, and displayed correctly. Just not my network, or apparently the network of the guy who posted underneath me. Just wanted to clear that up and also let those who read the review to know that they should definitely check the app out along w/ the other recommended apps listed, out of the "notify upon ip change" apps. shareware or freeware ipsentinel is the best imo for notifications, hands down. I'm actually running this and ipmenulet, menulet when on my network and sentinel when I am out and about. LP packages are by far the most generous I have seen, and they actually give you useful apps.

Fishscale
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Just for a quick update. I have not used this application and am not commenting on that but on my suggestion of buying the "bundle" and the company that limit-point is.

I ran into a problem a week or so ago with the developer asking for three applications I had bought. He chose not to include serial addresses with them but hosted them on his site for a registered user to download.

When I asked for the download after I forgot to back them up when I traded out hardware I was told that I can't have the apps, that they were not made by him but his son and since his son has gone a different route and oppened a company himself he took the rights of the software with him.

I asked how he could put this in the "bundle" that offers lifetime upgrades and future applications and his reasoning with me was that it would be odd and weird if he put the apps separately or with a separate disclaimer.

A ridiculous answer and now I can't get three main applications, applications I had bought as I bought the bundle but now apps I bought I can't have since I he never provided me with serial numbers for the applications. Applications I bought which all came with future upgrades and updates... I now can not have applications I paid for. Just for a heads up.

Star-Affinity Member IconComment+246
Star-Affinity
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What about the external IP address?
Now I only see the local address I have...

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Version 1.0.4
Limit Point Software (developer)
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This ability to see the external IP has been added to version 1.0.7. In that version the external IP address appears in the menu itself (as an option.)

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Downloads 6,077
Version Downloads 135
License Commercial
Date 26 Mar 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $9.99