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.
At last week's Macworld Expo in San Francisco, the newly renamed Apple, Inc., introduced the long-rumored iPhone, combining the features of an iPod, a mobile phone, and an Internet communicator, along with an espresso machine and window cleaner - or were we imagining those last two? We run down just what the iPhone can do, according to Apple, and go further with Glenn Fleishman's hands-on report. We also pass along the details on the iTV, now called Apple TV, and Apple's new AirPort Extreme networking system. Other companies had announcements too, and Jeff Carlson looks quickly at the releases of BBEdit 8.6, Yojimbo 1.4, TextWrangler 2.2, Fetch 5.2, and Microsoft Office 2004 11.3.3. Finally, Adam ties it all together with his take on the new feelings of Macintosh vitality at Macworld Expo.
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