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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.

 
 

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New Liquid-cooled Power Mac G5s -- Are the new Power Macs a significant upgrade, or does their speed fall short of expectations? And what about the new liquid-cooling technology? (1 message)

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Problems with Security Update 2004-06-07 -- Problems with Apple's recent security fix? Readers offer a couple of solutions. (7 messages)

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Problems with excessive password prompting -- Mac OS X's default window behavior and the way it stores passwords can create user interface problems that could, in theory, expose you to a security risk. (3 messages)

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Educational games software lacking -- Where are the quality educational programs for Mac OS X? (3 messages)

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AirPort Express -- Apple's new compact AirPort base station and wireless music streaming device is generating a lot of buzz. Can it be used to bridge a wireless network to a wired one? (3 messages)

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