April 16th, 1998 marks the eighth anniversary of TidBITS, continuing our streak as one of the longest running edited publications on the Internet. We started publishing in April of 1990 and have released a total of 425 weekly issues since then. If you're interested in reading more about our history, the two articles to check out are "TidBITS History" in TidBITS 222 and "TidBITS 7.0" in TidBITS 375.
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.