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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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A Big Minus for ZipPlus

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A Big Minus for ZipPlus -- Iomega recently revised the compatibility guidelines for the ZipPlus drive, and these guidelines suggest that Iomega either dropped the ball when testing the drive or has a blatant disregard for reality. The ZipPlus can detect whether the drive is connected to a SCSI or parallel port using a special blue AutoDetect cable. Failure to use that cable, use of "any cable converter or gender changer," or use in a multiple-device SCSI chain, could cause system incompatibilities and data loss. Iomega also specifies that the ZipPlus not be used with any PowerBook, regardless of the cable. What's next, a requirement that users store the ZipPlus in a cool, dark place away from loud noises? We hope Iomega will provide a technical solution to these problems quickly. [JLC]

<http://www.iomega.com/product/zip/zipplus.html>
<http://www.iomega.com/support/techs/zip/ zpluswp.html>

 

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