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Seeing improvements to AirPort signal strength

From: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features

Video: Seeing improvements to AirPort signal strength

Another slight interface tweak you will find in Snow Leopard is found under the AirPort menu. As before, you will see a list of wireless networks both open and password protected, although all of these are password protected, that your Mac is within range of. New to Snow Leopard is the signal strength display that appears next to each network so you can easily see which one has the best signal. So looking at this I can see that both chownet and lyndaeast_wireless have a fairly decent signal, while mm1 and MM4 have a pretty weak signal. You will also get visual feedback when you turn AirPort on for the first time.

Seeing improvements to AirPort signal strength

Another slight interface tweak you will find in Snow Leopard is found under the AirPort menu. As before, you will see a list of wireless networks both open and password protected, although all of these are password protected, that your Mac is within range of. New to Snow Leopard is the signal strength display that appears next to each network so you can easily see which one has the best signal. So looking at this I can see that both chownet and lyndaeast_wireless have a fairly decent signal, while mm1 and MM4 have a pretty weak signal. You will also get visual feedback when you turn AirPort on for the first time.

You will see each of these little bands light up in sequence letting you know that AirPort is scanning for wireless networks in your area. And as a sidebar, another under the hood improvement of Snow Leopard is that it now reconnects to wireless networks much quicker after waking your Mac up. So there is the list of networks near me and their signal strengths. Of course, these days it's getting harder and harder to find an unprotected wireless network let alone two or more to choose from, but it's still nice to have some visual feedback on which network will give you the strongest signal. I can see this being useful in a hotel or conference center where you may be surrounded by several wireless network access points each with the same name.

Having an idea of each access point's signal strength will make it possible for you to connect to the strongest signal. In any case, this is a simple feature that I feel should have been added long ago, but it's nice to find and see it here in Snow Leopard.

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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features

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  1. 3m 27s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Mac OS X Snow Leopard system requirements
      1m 44s
    3. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 5m 23s
    1. Overview of Snow Leopard
      2m 22s
    2. Understanding 64-bit support
      3m 1s
  3. 15m 13s
    1. Using text substitution
      4m 54s
    2. Updating printer drivers
      1m 43s
    3. Working with new fonts
      1m 17s
    4. Seeing improvements to AirPort signal strength
      1m 18s
    5. Using the new thesaurus
      2m 37s
    6. Reviewing new date and time features
      1m 42s
    7. Using screen locking
      1m 42s
  4. 9m 4s
    1. Restoring deleted items
      2m 1s
    2. Reviewing icon enhancements
      3m 49s
    3. Adjusting Spotlight view options
      2m 7s
    4. Using the better drive ejection feature
      1m 7s
  5. 6m 11s
    1. Using scrollable stacks
      1m 51s
    2. Activating Exposé
      2m 51s
    3. Minimizing into application icon
      1m 29s
  6. 9m 50s
    1. Storing top sites
      4m 19s
    2. Searching through your history
      2m 21s
    3. Using full page zoom
      1m 33s
    4. Using Google Suggest
      1m 37s
  7. 20m 20s
    1. Reviewing the new interface
      3m 3s
    2. Using quick video and audio capture
      1m 49s
    3. Setting up screen recording
      3m 37s
    4. Using quick trimming
      1m 46s
    5. Sharing movies
      8m 4s
    6. A word about QuickTime 7
      2m 1s
  8. 7m 14s
    1. Viewing contact sheets
      1m 44s
    2. Using intelligent text selection
      1m 11s
    3. Working with the Annotations toolbar
      1m 13s
    4. Opening multiple documents
      1m 8s
    5. Importing from a scanner
      1m 58s
  9. 7m 48s
    1. General improvements
      58s
    2. Using the flight data detector
      2m 16s
    3. Reviewing the sidebar improvements
      50s
    4. Working with Exchange support
      3m 44s
  10. 4m 41s
    1. Syncing with Google and Yahoo
      3m 4s
    2. Viewing and editing events
      1m 37s
  11. 7m 3s
    1. General improvements
      1m 11s
    2. Displaying past conversations
      2m 13s
    3. Marking and clearing transcripts
      1m 28s
    4. Using multiple status settings
      52s
    5. Working with Quick Look integration
      1m 19s
  12. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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