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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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Lewis Butler  2013-08-22 04:46
The most awesome thing about this? I'm evidently already signed up!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-08-22 07:04
Me too! I for one believe that PRSM-based signin (where you don't have to do anything at all) is the wave of the future.
Josh Centers  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-08-22 07:25
The search feature is amazing. I wanted to find a high-school classmate who didn't have a Facebook account. Not only did I find him, but I obtained his phone records, emails, and credit card purchases!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-08-22 07:39
Who knew that POTUS on Game Center really is President Obama! And the dude's pretty good at Plants vs Zombies 2!