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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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Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 6: File Sharing

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This article is a pre-release chapter in the upcoming “Take Control of OS X Server,” by Charles Edge, scheduled for public release later in 2014. Apart from Chapter 1: Introducing OS X Server, and Chapter 2: Choosing Server Hardware, these chapters are available only to TidBITS members; see “Take Control of OS X Server” Streaming in TidBITS for details.


File Sharing

Despite the popularity of file sharing services like Dropbox, the most common server used on internal networks today remains the file server, a central repository that stores files for a workgroup. These stalwarts have been connecting users to their files seemingly since before time began. Whether in a home, school, or business, the impetus for for setting up a server is often a need for file sharing.

A number of protocols built into OS X Server’s File Sharing service are dedicated to serving files, including AFP, SMB, and WebDAV (the sidebar just ahead explains these File Sharing Protocols).

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