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Option-Click AirPort Menu for Network Details

If you hold down the Option key while clicking the AirPort menu in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, you'll see not just the names of nearby Wi-Fi networks, but additional details about the selected network. Details include the MAC address of the network, the channel used by the base station, the signal strength (a negative number; the closer to zero it is, the stronger the signal), and the transmit rate in megabits per second showing actual network throughput. If you hover the cursor over the name of a network to which you're not connected, a little yellow pop-up shows the signal strength and type of encryption.

 
 

Take Control of Yosemite Upgrades, New Features, and Sharing

On the same day Apple released OS X 10.10 Yosemite, we published three Take Control books to help readers upgrade successfully, get the most out Yosemite’s new features, and learn how to share nearly anything in nearly every imaginable situation.

 
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Welcome Wi-Fi Changes under Yosemite’s Hood

How to Use Apple Pay

How Spotlight Suggestions Handles Privacy

Apple Posts Record Profits for Q4 2014

Examining iTunes 12’s New Interface

OS X 10.10 Yosemite, iOS 8.1, and Apple Pay Have Arrived

iBooks Author Gains New Import Options

 

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iWork Updated for Yosemite and iCloud Drive

Apple Launches iMac with Retina Display, Refreshes Mac mini

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Expand the Line

Moving to iCloud Drive

Transmit for iOS 8 Provides File Transfer Everywhere

Macworld Expo Mothballed after 30 Years

You Are Apple’s Greatest Security Challenge

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