Category: Tips

22
May
2017

macOS Wi-FI Tip

Did you know that you can quickly access information about your Router, and check if your Wi-Fi Network is performing well? See your BSSID, signal-to-noise ratio, and even the transmit rate between your Router and Computer. All it takes is a press of a button and a click of your trackpad/mouse.

If you hold down the Option (alt) key and click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar, it will provide you with details about your Router and the Network you’re using. The items in gray (except for “Wi-Fi: On”) are all pieces of additional information seen only in this mode.

IP Address: This is your computer’s IP address.

Router: Your router’s IP address. You can type this into your browser to access your router’s web interface.

Internet: This tells you if you are able to access the internet or not. If not, open Wireless Diagnostics.

Security: Your router’s security. Most Routers on the market offer WPA2 Personal, and it keeps your network encrypted.

BSSID: This is your Router’s MAC, or hardware address. It acts as an identifier for your Router that lets it talk to other network-connected devices.

Channel: This is your WLAN channel, and it determines which radio frequency the router uses to transmit information.

RSSI: Received Signal Strength Indicator measures how well a device “hears” a signal from the router. It’s useful for determining if you have enough signal to get a good wireless connection.

Noise: This measures how much radio noise is interfering with the RSSI signal. Signal-to-noise ratio is a measure used in science and engineering that compares the level of a desired signal to the level of background noise. It is defined as the ratio of signal power to the noise power, often expressed in decibels.

TX Rate: The transmit rate is the speed of the data that is transmitted between your Router and your Computer. Right now I have a speed of 450 Mbps.

PHY Mode: This is the wireless protocol that the Router uses, according to the IEEE 802.11 wireless standard.

MCS Index: This number corresponds to the protocols uses to encode the radio signal.

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07
Jul
2014

How To Access Drafts In Twitter For iOS

If you use Twitter for iOS on either your iPhone or iPad, you’ve probably had a time where you had a Tweet fail and tell you it has been saved to your Drafts. Whether that reason was spotty service or something else, you will need to try and resend it at a later time. Drafts also doubles as a nice place to jot down thoughts for a later time if you don’t have time to interact with followers right that second.

Instead of hopping through several menus, here’s how to access the drafts section of Twitter for iPhone and iPad in only one tap:

  • Launch the Twitter app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap and Hold on the Compose button in the upper right hand corner of the main Timeline view.
  • Drafts will now pop up and you can tap on the Draft you’d like to finish or try to re-send.

That’s all there is to it!