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.
Is it the end of the Internet? Glenn Fleishman brings us up to date on the replacement of NSFNet by commercial organizations. We also examine the Justice Department's suit challenging the Microsoft/Intuit merger, and review two useful new Macintosh utilities: Natural Intelligence's DragStrip and Aladdin Desktop Tools.
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