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Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/23-Apr-07

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iRemote -- An Apple patent filing indicates that the iPhone (or other mobile phone) can be used to control software such as iTunes. Hmmm... (1 message)


Apple Store Traffic -- If you're still undecided about Apple's retail store experiment, go hang out at an Apple Store for a while; boxes seem to exit at a brisk clip, according to readers. (1 message)


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Hackers upgrading Apple TV's capabilities -- The Apple TV has been the focus of intense hacker interest since its release: upgrading the hard drive, booting via the USB port, and more. (9 messages)


TidBITS Turns 17 -- A throwaway comment about getting hold of car keys turns into an interesting discussion of automobiles and the decreasing need for keys. Oh, and Happy Birthday, TidBITS! (25 messages)


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Current Apple Market Share -- Where can you find current information on Mac market share? And will it increase? (3 messages)


Police attempt to emerge from the 19th century -- Prosecuting computer crime is made more difficult by the fact that few police officers understand the technology. (1 message)


When to cut ties to the past -- Sure, it would be nice if every program ever written for the Mac could run under Mac OS X, but that's not realistic. What's a reasonable cutoff point? (18 messages)


Finding rogue invisible files -- Mac OS X uses lots of invisible files for temporary storage, which can sometimes get out of hand. Several methods for tracking them down are offered. (17 messages)


What if Apple designed a car? The talk of cars in another thread prompts the question of what an Apple-designed car would look like, and which features it would have compared to other cars on the market today. (8 messages)

 

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