Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.



Pick an apple! 
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.



Related Articles



BBEdit 6.1.2 Update Available

Send Article to a Friend

BBEdit 6.1.2 Update Available -- Bare Bones Software has released a free update for its popular text and HTML editor BBEdit. BBEdit 6.1.2 offers improved performance under Mac OS X, compatibility with a wider range of FTP servers, and support for previewing Web documents using OmniWeb, a Cocoa-based Web browser for Mac OS X. As usual, Bare Bones has posted a complete list of fixes and changes. The update is a 3.5 MB download; BBEdit 6.1.2 runs on PowerPC-based systems running System 7.5.5 or higher (Mac OS 8.6 or later recommended). [GD]

< notes.html>


READERS LIKE YOU! Support TidBITS by becoming a member today!
Check out the perks at <>
Special thanks to Andrew Lochart, James Robertson, John & Nichola
Collins, and Steve Werner for their generous support!