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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/19-Jun-06

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iWeb Takes On the Competition -- Steve Sande's article about iWeb and other easy-to-use Web creation applications touches a nerve among readers, who share their own recommendations. (27 messages)

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Game development for children -- It's never too early to foster young coders! Readers suggest packages that kids can use to build their own applications. (8 messages)

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Vale Michael Bartosh -- We mourn the passing of Mac author Michael Bartosh, who died after a fall, with links to an online memorial and a new Bartosh Scholarship for MacIT Conference Track (at Macworld Expo). (3 messages)

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