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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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In the unconfirmed news department, I hear that Apple has finished the Macintosh Hardware System Update 2.0, but that the update is not yet generally available. It fixes a many bugs on many different models of the Mac, many of which seem to be more operating system bugs than hardware problems, but who's complaining? We'll let you know more details once we have a copy ourselves. Also, I just heard that Prodigy is beta-testing an Internet gateway. We don't know if there's any cost to Prodigy users, but they need new software, called Mail Manager, and can sign up for Internet access at JUMP INTERNET. Prodigy users can receive Internet mail via the address format

abcd12a@prodigy.com

where "abcd12a" is the recipient's user ID. It's about time Prodigy appeared on the Internet, but don't expect a reliable gateway right away since it's still in testing. Again, details as they arise.

 

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