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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.

 
 

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No TidBITS Next Week! Don't look for TidBITS next week, because it won't be coming. We typically take two to four issues off over the course of the year to attend trade shows and spend time with family, and we plan to take next week off, partly because of the Fourth of July, which is Independence Day in the United States. Look for the next issue on 08-Jul-96 - see you then! [GD]

 

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