Apple Confirms AirPort Utility 6 Manages Only “n” AirPort Devices

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Last week, Apple released Airport Utility 6 for OS X Lion. Apple has confirmed that this utility can only configure AirPort devices that use 802.11n.

In a recent review of AirPort Utility 6, it was discovered that it would not configure an AirPort Express. Subsequently, one reader noted that he was able to configure his. Another TMO staff member said he could not. It was a short-lived mystery.

We checked with Apple, and the explanation is that the older model AirPort Express, Model A108x, supports only 802.11 b/g. One must have a newer model, A1264, which supports 802.11n, to configure it with AU 6. This limitation also extends to the older AirPort Extreme without the “n” capability.

Users of OS X Lion can use the older AirPort Utility, version 5.6, to configure “g” Airport devices. Snow Leopard users can use AirPort Utility 5.5.3.

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On the other hand, finally, I can plug a USB hard drive into my 2007 vintage Airport Base Station and for the first time since I purchased the router. .  .  the hard disc function works!


Last fall my 5 year old Airport died (treadmill popped a filter cap and line noise from the motor fried the AP). I replaced it with a new Airport last October. I guess I’m good to go with 6 then.

(FWIW the new treadmill is on a surge protector and on a separate circuit just in case).


treadmill popped a filter cap and line noise from the motor fried the AP

That’s what you get for using your clothes hanger as a treadmill, geoduck. wink

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