Updating older airport extremme
Like many harried professionals, however, I didn't look forward to the process of recording all the settings from my current router, including DHCP range, multiple wireless networks and corresponding passcodes, DNS servers, port forwards and similar elements, plus having to re-enter all that information on the new router. Upon powering the new Air Port Extreme and opening Apple's Air Port Utility, the very first option I was presented was the opportunity to replace my existing device with the new router.The old router's settings were automatically and correctly transferred to the new device.My four- or five-year old Apple Air Port Extreme base station was growing long in the tooth.Plus, I think its power source was struck by lightning a few weeks ago. Having previously read positive reviews of Apple's new 9 Air Port Extreme, which boasts 802.11ac performance and beamforming technology, I picked one up.Other than being noticeably taller than the older model it replaces, the new 6.6-inch tall Air Port Extreme is 3.85 inches wide.
The new router returned essentially the same performance with an average 22.55 Mbps downstream, 2.33 Mbps up, 29 ms latency and -69 d Bm signal strength.
802.11N Air Port Base Stations/Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.6.7: For Air Port Extreme, Air Port Time Capsule, and Air Port Express base stations with 802.11n. Change list same as AC base update.) "About Air Port Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.7 Firmware update 7.6.7 is recommended for all Apple 802.11n Wi-Fi base stations including Air Port Express, Air Port Extreme and Air Port Time Capsule.
This update: Addresses potential naming conflicts with Bonjour Sleep Proxy For detailed information on Air Port base station firmware updates, including instructions how to install the update, please visit: user said he updated his Airport Extreme, and "instantly my Airport express fell off of Air Port Utility, saying it is no longer compatible".
(Didn't note Airport Express model, but if 802.11n the fw update applies to it also.
But maybe he has an older Airport Express 802.11G model.) Post in thread on Airport Express Airplay music droputs mentioned reverting back to 7.6.4 for his setup (3rd gen TC 1st Gen 802.11N Express, w/Express optical going to a Denon receiver - with 7.6.7 firmware in both Express and TC, audio dropouts every few minutes.) Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades and Repairs: List of Updates, DIY Upgrades, Repair Articles, Tips and more you may have missed.While more compact and in some ways simpler than another Apple Wi-Fi base station, the Air Port Extreme, the Express offers audio output capability the Extreme lacks.