Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard
In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.
Do you think the Finder could be better? So does Matt Neuburg, and his current solution to the Finder's annoyances is Cocoatech's Path Finder 4, which he reviews this week. Patrick Dennis joins us with detailed look at the combination of the BlackBerry 7100i cell phone/PDA and PocketMac for BlackBerry software, Glenn Fleishman ponders short URL services, and we pass on news of the PowerPC iMac price cut and a server problem that lost some DealBITS entries from last week.
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