Apple Airport Utility how to display more information
While doing a Wi-Fi scan at work to get better reception and optimize the location and channel selection using NetSpot Wi-Fi Reporter, I had a problem. Our wireless network is set up with roaming, so when NetSpot Manager displays the scanned Wi-Fi device, it only shows the MAC address. So identifying an AirPort Extreme wireless router can be difficult, especially since Apple has simplified the user interface of AirPort Utility and removed a lot of information. One of them being what MAC address the AirPort unit has. So I needed a solution.
Here’s the main window in AirPort Utility. When you click one of the routers, you get access to an Edit button.
Here’s how the window looks like when pressing the Edit button after selecting an AirPort device in AirPort Utility.
I found a “hidden” screen within AirPort Utility, which you can get to by holding down the ALT key when pressing the edit button. A new Summary screen is displayed. Here you can see your MAC address, both for the wired network, and more importantly, which MAC address the Wi-Fi interface has.
It also displays the serial number of the selected AirPort Extreme/Express, and the exact model version.
Very handy to know. Now I can finally name my routers with names without going and reading directly on the router to find out the information. And considering where some of those Routers are placed, would make me, a middle-aged man run for cover.
I’ll try to follow up with an article on how much better (or worse) the network got, and how I did it.