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.
If what we're hearing is right, you might want to hold off on buying an iPhone until the second-generation models appear later in 2008 with support for the Iridium satellite network, which Apple is currently negotiating to buy. Another hint that the second-generation iPhone will be worth waiting for comes from an undocumented feature discovered in the beta iPhone 2.0 firmware - Time Machine support. But be careful with what you're sharing, since there's a new virus out there that's affecting Mac users. In Internet news, Merriam-Webster experiments with sponsored definitions and a U.S. federal judge grants an injunction against declaring email bankruptcy. We also announce a new subscription mode aimed at making TidBITS more relevant to a younger audience, and pass on some of the best suggestions for new titles from our recent Take Control reader survey.
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