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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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Consumer Reports likes Macs -- Readers respond to the recent Consumer Reports cover story comparing Macs to PCs. (13 messages)

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Experiences with CPU accelerators -- Geoff Duncan's article last week about upgrading his aging Mac using a new Power PC accelerator inspires comments from readers who have also upgraded their machines. (9 messages)

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Learning more about photosensors in cameras -- Charles Maurer's articles on digital cameras prompt discussion of where to find more information about photosensors. (6 messages)

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Replacing the Battery in my iPod -- A reader documents his experience removing a dying iPod battery and replacing it with a third-party battery. (2 messages)

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Macworld Expo is moving to the Hynes -- IDG World Expo announced that the next Macworld Expo in Boston will be held at the Hynes Convention Center, a smaller venue than the new Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. (2 messages)

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