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CS Signal Monitor 1.0.1

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Why CS Signal Monitor?
If you own an AirPort capable Mac and you are anything like us at AlkSoft, you are constantly checking the Airport control strip module to check up on your signal strength. By now, you've probably realized that the control strip module isn't very precise, and keeping the control strip open all the time gets pretty annoying. CS Signal monitor offers a more precise signal meter and an additional noise level meter all while taking up significantly less screen space than an extended control strip. Even better, you can place it anywhere on your screen making sure it doesn't get in the way of whatever you are working on!

CS Signal Monitor talks to the Airport software and hardware on your Mac to obtain values for the signal strength and noise level of the currently connected network. This information is then displayed in an easy to understand manner in a global floating window (commonly known as a "windoid"). There are four different window types to choose from, and you can position them anywhere on the screen. Additionally, they are always visible, so you don't need to keep switching between programs to check on your connection status.

CSSM was created because the Airport control strip module just doesn't cut it. With only five possible signal levels, the control strip module is very imprecise. CSSM makes a nice alternative to relying on the control strip.

CS Signal Monitor development is driven entirely by user input. If you have any suggestions or bug reports, just send an email!
Payment Info
CS Signal Monitor is shareware. We have decided to start asking for payments on certain software titles to help fund continuing development. However, in the spirit of our freeware tradition, we have made CS Signal Monitor shareware reminder reasonably unobtrusive and easily disabled. We operate on the honor system. We know that if you like the software and use it often, you will pay the shareware fee. We know we don't have to harass you like some other shareware developers.

A PayPal account is required to pay for the software online. If you do not have a PayPal account, click here to sign up for one. Registration is free and easy, and PayPal does NOT distribute your personal information. If you want to send a payment via snail mail, check out the contact page for our mailing address. To make a payment, click the "Pay for CS SM" button in the About window, or choose "Pay for CS Signal Monitor" from the File menu. Otherwise, click the PayPal "Buy Now" button below.


Standard horizontal mode.

Stacked horizontal mode.
Standard vertical mode.
Stacked vertical mode.
To switch between window styles, invoke the contextual menu by holding down control and clicking on the window.

CS Signal Monitor is targeted at a very specific subset of Mac users. Running the software on a computer which does not meet these following requirements may result in inconsistent behaviour. CS Signal Monitor requires:
  • Apple's Airport software (tested w/ version 2.0.4 but should work w/ 1.3.x as well)
  • AppleScript and QuickTime (any version that runs on OS 8.5 or later should suffice).
  • Mac OS 8.5, 8.5.1, 8.6, 9.0, 9.0.2, 9.0.3, 9.0.4, 9.1, 9.2, 9.2.1, or 9.2.2.
  • 3MB of RAM
  • One of the following:
    • An internal Apple Airport card
    • A Lucent, Orinoco, Avaya, Agere, or Proxim WaveLAN PC card (this program will not work with MacWireless, SkyLine, or other third party cards).
    • An Orinoco IEEE Turbo 11Mb PC card
  • One of the following:
    • A PowerBook G3 Series, PowerBook G3 Series Bronze Keyboard, PowerBook G3 Series FireWire, or PowerBook G4 equipped with one of the above cards
    • An Airport capable PowerMac G3 or G4 equipped with Airport card
    • An iMac equipped with an Airport card
    • An iBook equipped with an Airport card
    • A PowerBook 2400, PowerBook 3400, or PowerBook G3 (a.k.a. Kanga) equipped with one of the above PC cards.
CS Signal Monitor is a 1MB download. It comes as a binhexed Stuffit 5 archive (.sit.hqx). Click to download!



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