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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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AccessPC 1.0
Insignia Solutions, Inc.
254 San Geronimo Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
408/522-7600
408/848-7677
408/733-9541 (fax)
D1437, UK0032 at AppleLink

Rating:

8 Penguins out of a possible 10

Summary: -- AccessPC is a single purpose utility that sits in the background and allows you to mount MS-DOS disks on the Macintosh desktop (assuming of course, that you have a drive that can read and write MS-DOS disks). AccessPC is about as transparent as possible and is much faster than DOS Mounter 1.0. You even get the extra bonus of being able to mount SoftPC hard disk documents as volumes, which makes for much easier transfer of files in and out.

User Evaluation: (on a scale of 0 to 10)

Number of responses: 2
Ease of installation: 7
Ease of learning: 9
Ease of use: 8
Power & usefulness: 7
Documentation: 6
Technical support: 4
Overall evaluation: 7

Price and Availability: -- AccessPC is widely available from dealers and mail order firms and is sold by MacConnection for $82 (note that we quote the MacConnection price in recognition of its industry-leading efforts to use ecologically-conscious packaging and its overall excellent service).

Reviewer:

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS Editor

 

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