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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.

 
 

Interarchy 6.2 Released

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Interarchy 6.2 Released -- Stairways Software has released Interarchy 6.2, its utility for transferring files and testing network connections. The new version features an interarchy command line tool, more efficient SFTP mirroring, support for ELFP and SuperDOS FTP servers, and the capability to copy Rendezvous URLs from the Bookmarks window. Interarchy 6.2 was also reorganized to tie together related features, such as consolidating the Go menu and Organizer window into Bookmarks headings and making it easy to remove unused folders from the Bookmarks window. For advanced users, a new icutil command line utility can explore and edit Mac OS X's Internet Config settings. Interarchy 6.2 costs $45; upgrades from Interarchy 6.0 and later are a free 3.2 MB download. Interarchy 6.2 runs on Mac OS 8.5 and higher, although several features are available only for Mac OS X. [JLC]

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