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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.

 
 

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/06-Dec-04

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Problems with AirPort 4.1 -- After updating to AirPort 4.1, some users are having trouble with Wireless Distribution System (WDS). A factory reset seems to help. (3 messages)

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AirPort Express and WDS -- Which non-Apple wireless access points support WDS? (4 messages)

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Reflections on iCal: categories and calendars -- Categories between iCal and Palm OS handhelds don't reliably synchronize, leading to suggestions for working around the problem (including using other calendar applications). (7 messages)

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GarageBand.com and other digital music initiatives -- Shortly after Geoff Duncan's article about GarageBand.com highlighting unsigned bands appeared, Universal Music announced that it would be testing digital-only releases of a few of its artists. (2 messages)

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>