Startup connections can be particularly difficult at times, especially to WebDAV and FTP sites, but can also be an issue with AFP and SMB connections (if you don’t know what those are then you probably don’t have this problem). Here’s an affordable solution. Almost.
Remount Mounts Network Drives
Without building scripts or Automator actions or delving into the many ways a Mac power user can setup an automated mounting systems to connect a Mac to a network drive on startup, I want a simple solution.
Enter the utility Remount for the Mac. The claim to fame is simple. Setup which network drives to connect to, and Remount does the deed automatically when the Mac boots up or restarts.
Remount works on most networks that Mac users need to connect to, including SMB and AFB, as well as FTP and WebDAV (not included is access to Amazon S3 or other newer protocols and services).
Everything you need to setup the connections initially are available with a click to the Remount icon in the Mac’s Menubar (if your Menubar is already clutters, take a look at Bartender for the Mac).
The Remount window displays all the network drives your Mac can connect to. It can also differentiate between different Wi-Fi networks.
Generally speaking, Remount works the way you want. Almost. Remount connected to each of the networks I usually need from our home desktop iMac running a recent version of OS X Mavericks. My wife’s older MacBook, also running Mavericks, experienced a crash. A complete restart restored everything to normal.
Remount does not cost much, either, priced a few dollars below my threshold for app throwaway-while-trying-it-out, but there’s also a trial version.