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/21-Jul-08

Send Article to a Friend


Thesaurus in Dashboard? One easily overlooked feature of Dashboard is that you can drag multiple instances of a widget onto the screen. (4 messages)


MobileMe and Tiger -- Apple's support for MobileMe is spotty under Mac OS X 10.4. If you're having trouble syncing, try the suggestions in this thread. (8 messages)


iPhone Email Failure -- After upgrading to the iPhone 2.0 software, several people encounter problems receiving email. (8 messages)


MobileMea Culpa: Apple Apologizes, Extends, Revises; More on Tiger -- Readers discuss the security aspects of MobileMe. (2 messages)


MacBook with poor AirPort connection -- MacBooks typically get better wireless reception than MacBook Pros, but one woman's experience suggests otherwise. What else could be going on? (1 message)


Duplicate messages in Mail.app -- What could be the cause of duplicate messages when the network connection is unreliable? (1 message)


Hands Off iPhone Talking in my Car -- Is an iPhone's headset illegal to use as a hands-free option? (12 messages)


Using a GSM cell phone as a modem -- The iPhone connects to the Internet, so why can't it bridge a connection to one's laptop? Readers discuss other options. (3 messages)


iPhone 3G: On the Line in Seattle -- High interest and iPhone shortages are resulting in long lines at Apple Stores and AT&T stores to get the latest iPhone 3G. (5 messages)

 

Fujitsu ScanSnap Scanners — Save your business time and money
with our easy-to-use small ScanSnap Scanner line. Eliminate
paper piles by scanning documents, business cards, and receipts.
Visit us at: <http://www.ez.com/sstb>