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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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I need to issue a correction and an apology. There is no way Jesse Helms could be involved with the House of Representatives' pilot project because he is a Senator, not a Representative. That's the correction. The apology is this: It was inappropriate to imply that Senator Jesse Helms would not participate in an Internet project. Whatever the Senator's politics, and whether or not I agree with them, there is room on the Internet for all opinions.

And as long as I'm apologizing, just a quick note to clarify that the blurb for TidBITS #185 inappropriately implied that Microseeds no longer supports Rival due to a problem with Rival. We know of no problems with Rival and congratulate the authors on their admirable efforts to support existing users and enhance Rival. If only all companies were as diligent in their customer service.

 

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