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by John F. Braun

Want More Details About Your Modem Connection? OT/PPP Strip Delivers!
January 22nd, 2001

OT/PPP Strip 1.1 ($5 Shareware)
Dennis J. Wilkinson II

If you are a road warrior, or someone who is not yet blessed with high-speed Internet connectivity, you've probably had to use the Remote Access feature of Mac OS to establish a modem connection. Sure, the included tools provide basic connectivity and information, but there's so much more you can learn about your connection. Enter OT/PPP Strip...

As opposed to Apple's Remote Access Control Strip, OT/PPP Strip offers more. Whereas Apple's offering only shows connection status (via an icon) and time online, OT/PPP strip tells you the whole story about your connection. OT/PPP Strip includes the connection time, like Apple, but also shows your connect speed, very handy for those times when crummy phone lines deal you a bad connection.

OT/PPP Strip Showing Connect Time, Speed and Activity

There are also upload and download activity indicators, useful for when you want to know, what, if anything, is happening between your Mac and the Internet. OT/PPP strip lets you configure which, if any, of this additional information you'd like to see. You can select or deselect the connection time, connections speed and activity monitor icons if you like.

At $5 shareware, we think this software is a great deal. Plus, Dennis doesn't display any of those annoying shareware registration messages. Based on this, you'll no doubt you'll experience bad karma if you use it on a regular basis and don't register.

So make sure to get the most out of your modem connection, and try OT/PPP Strip.

Have any other Mac Gadgets that help you stay connected? Let John know via e-mail, so he can review it.

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John is a software engineer who works in the corporate R&D group of a Fortune 500 company, focusing on all aspects of communications technology. He has several degrees that claim he knows what he's doing when it comes to computers. After watching co-workers reinstall Windows, search for device drivers, and experience other horrors during the day, he's glad that he comes home to a Mac (compatible) computer. Have any comments, suggestions, or favorite Gadgets? Drop John a line at

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