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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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Conflict Catcher 8.0.9 Supports Mac OS 9.2 and Mac OS X -- Casady & Greene has released Conflict Catcher 8.0.9, a minor release of their venerable extension manager. (See "Nice Catch, Conflict Catcher" in TidBITS-446 for a review of Conflict Catcher 8.) Like so many of the previous releases of Conflict Catcher, this one doesn't add any major features but updates the program's internal data to support Mac OS 9.2. However, it's an important update for Mac OS X users because it fixes a problem with requesting a serial number when booting into Mac OS X's Classic mode. Another fix addresses a problem in the sets activated by the Mac OS X startup set feature. Conflict Catcher 8.0.9 is a free update for registered users of Conflict Catcher 8; it's a 2.1 MB download. [ACE]

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