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.

 
 

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/28-Jan-08

Send Article to a Friend


Tiger on Current iMac -- How can one get a Tiger installation disc for a current iMac model (which now ships with Leopard)? (2 messages)


Yoyodyne Flash: European phone experience + iPod Touch -- Traveling internationally with an iPhone (or other cell phone) has bitten a number of people due to onerous roaming charges. Here's how several readers made it work. (3 messages)


MacBook Air Introduced as World Thinnest Notebook -- Reader discuss the tradeoffs Apple made to create the MacBook Air, and how people value some aspects (like weight and thickness) over others (like ports and power). (5 messages)


Mailtrust (Webmail.us) - or other hosted email services -- A reader seeks advice about this email provider, and others discuss the merits of outsourced versus self-hosted email. (4 messages)


GTD on an iPod Touch or iPhone -- With the lack of to-do applications on the iPhone and iPod touch, how do people employ the Getting Things Done organizational system on these handhelds? (2 messages)


New to OS X but having internet connectivity problems -- An inexperienced Mac user seeks advice on why his Mac won't allow Internet access via Ethernet. (1 message)


Can I stop the start up chime in 10.4.11? Several options, ranging from Terminal commands to a trip to Radio Shack, are available for muting a Mac's startup sound. (7 messages)


iChat AV versus my home router (SIP, NAT and firewalls oh my) -- iChat's video conferencing is supposed to just work, even when traversing routers and firewalls, but that's not always the case. What combination of software, protocols, and hardware will help? (1 message)

 

READERS LIKE YOU! Support TidBITS by becoming a member today!
Check out the perks at <http://tidbits.com/member_benefits.html>
Special thanks to Barry Webster, Barney Rubin, Dennis, and Bill
Veldhoen for their generous support!