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Option-Click AirPort Menu for Network Details

If you hold down the Option key while clicking the AirPort menu in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, you'll see not just the names of nearby Wi-Fi networks, but additional details about the selected network. Details include the MAC address of the network, the channel used by the base station, the signal strength (a negative number; the closer to zero it is, the stronger the signal), and the transmit rate in megabits per second showing actual network throughput. If you hover the cursor over the name of a network to which you're not connected, a little yellow pop-up shows the signal strength and type of encryption.

 
 

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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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