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Airport Utility 6: Base station management gets a fresh face

31 January 2012 1,917 views No Comment

Apple’s latest operating system opus has elicited a chorus of boos from some quarters. With that apparently in mind, the company has updated version 5.x of their popular Airport Utility and launched the Lion-friendly version 6, which is simplicity personified (click the above image for the full view).

And, if you’re thinking that Airport Utility 6 pop up info window looks familiar in idevice way, you’re absolutely right — yet another example of Apple’s “Back to Mac” initiative that some derisively refer to as the iOS-ification of the Mac.

AirPort Base Station and Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.6.1
— This update is for all 802.11n AirPort Express, 802.11n AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule models.
— No new security content in this update

AirPort Utility 6.0 for Mac OS X Lion, download
— Use AirPort Utility to set up and manage your Wi-Fi network and AirPort base stations, including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule.

AirPort Utility 5.6 for Mac OS X Lion, download
— Resolves an issue with using network passwords stored in the Keychain.

Apple has also updated its traditional Airport Utlity app to version 5.6, which should keep the Snow Leopard users (and/or Lion haters) satisfied. A nice touch is that it will work on either OS.

What’s the point? Well, Apple released fresh firmware for its 802.11n-based router/hubs, as well. In addition to fixing a wireless performance issue, according to Ars Technica, AirPort Base Station and Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.6.1 allows users to remotely access Time Capsule or AirPort Disk volumes using an iCloud account and Back to My Mac.

If you’re interested in getting one of Apple’s truly excellent wi-fi router/hubs, then by all means consider a refurbished model — same gear, greater value.

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