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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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Paths to POPs

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Paths to POPs -- John Baxter <jwbaxter@olympus.net>, a colleague of ours out on the Olympic Peninsula, notes that POPs aren't the only way for providers to build networks. Similar to the UK solution we mention above, U.S. ISPs have another option:

You may also be calling an auto-forwarding telephone number, which has a certain number of "paths" (connections) to some remote collection of modems. These are charged (to the operator) on a per-path basis or otherwise. They can be used to good advantage where there isn't sufficient demand to justify setting up a POP as defined last week in NetBITS.

 

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