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  • 4.0 stars

    "Flexible signal strength indicator"

    September 27, 2009  |   By wsimonds

    Pros

    Easy install. Simple user interface. Accurate information.

    Cons

    Probably over priced at $20, however, it is the only product that works with Snow Leopard. Also does not give an absolute rating of signal strength, only a "percentage"??????

    Summary

    Given that the Mac OS doesn't provide a signal strength indicator (other than the bars on the radar icon) if you have intermittent service interruptions, you need a separate app to give you the information the OS doesn't. None of the free options works with Snow Leopard at this point (9/27/09), this was the only option. The only drawback, as noted, is that it gives the user a "percentage" as an indication of signal strength. While that is fine if you are trying to look at the relative signal strength of one network versus another, it doesn't really help you trouble shoot whether your airport/time capsule/wireless router is operating per specs or needs to be replaced.

    Updated on Oct 2, 2009

    My bad. There is an option in the Preferences window to enable results to be shown as absolute signal strength.

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