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.
Other articles in the series Will Hack For Food!
- Adieu ADHOC (01 Aug 05)
- ADHOC 2004: Some Old, Some New, Continued Success (26 Jul 04)
- The MacHax Best Hack Contest 2003 (23 Jun 03)
- The MacHax Best Hack Contest 2002 (01 Jul 02)
- The MacHax Hack Contest 2001 (25 Jun 01)
- The MacHack Hack Contest 1999 (12 Jul 99)
- Moof on the Hoof: MacHack '98 (06 Jul 98)
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