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Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.

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ExtraBITS for 7 February 2011

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We were too busy migrating tens of thousands of TidBITS accounts last week to do much Web surfing, but we had to point you to Macworld’s review of the Verizon iPhone 4 in case you’ve been waiting with bated breath.

Macworld Reviews Verizon iPhone -- Macworld chief Jason Snell reviews the iPhone designed for Verizon Wireless’s cellular network. The big difference is the addition of a personal hotspot feature. The case has minor design changes.

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