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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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Gonzo Tales from the Apple Store

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At McSweeney’s, the pseudonymous “J. K. Appleseed,” an Apple Genius, shares insider tales from the Apple Store, including training the elderly, comparing the Genius Bar to The Wall from “Game of Thrones,” and even a fist fight. Along the way, Appleseed drops interesting Apple Store trivia. Did you know that each glass step in an Apple Store costs over $35,000 to install?favicon follow link

 

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Charlie Hartley  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2013-09-20 14:03
Apple should thank J. K. for writing this.
Josh Centers  2013-09-20 14:46
I somehow get the feeling they don't appreciate it as much as we do. :-)
artMonster  2013-09-20 17:14
And yet, it should be required reading before entering an Apple store. Perhaps any store.