Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.

 

 

Pick an apple! 
 
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.

 

 

Related Articles

 

 

O2 Clarifies UK iPhone Data Limits

Send Article to a Friend

The UK cell carrier O2 will not enforce a "fair usage" policy on iPhone data plans, the British newspaper The Telegraph reports. Although I could never nail down precisely what "fair usage" meant in this context, the Telegraph writes that O2 was planning a 200 MB per month limit (see "iPhone Launch Set for UK and Germany, with Murky Data Plan," 2007-09-20). That limit has now been lifted, and the contract terms on the O2 Web site changed.

The O2 head said, "Customers find 'unlimited with limits' confusing," which shouldn't be a surprise. Verizon Wireless just settled with the Attorney General of New York over the firm's advertising its cell data service as unlimited, while limiting customers to 5 GB per month and restricting permitted activities in certain ways.

 

READERS LIKE YOU! Support TidBITS by becoming a member today!
Check out the perks at <http://tidbits.com/member_benefits.html>
Special thanks to Marti Hill, Rob Whitworth, Jeff Evans, and Donald
Peoples for their generous support!