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Airport Utility 6.0 Network
Airport Utility 6.0 was released a few days ago.

You may want to keep both 5.6 and 6.0 versions. I used Pacifist, and manually reinstalled the 5.6 version side by side. Lots of missing features in the new utility. No way to tweak wireless options for Mode, Frequency, Multicast Rate or Transmit Power, and such a tiny window for port mapping list. An elegant interface, but at a price.

For a thorough review and pointers to stand alone updates, read here.

[crarko adds: Consider this a public service announcement. It also appears that AirPort Utility 6.0 only functions with the 802.11(n) compatible base stations, so that old AirPort Express you may have (like I do) is not supported. I've actually saved many older versions of the utility, even for the original Graphite (flying saucer) bases.]
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Airport Utility 6.0
Authored by: haralds on Feb 07, '12 07:42:27AM

You do not have to do anything special to install 5.6, it installs right alongside the new version after it is updated.
If you have older Airport (pre N), you need 5.6.



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Airport Utility 5.6 available from Apple
Authored by: j-beda on Feb 07, '12 07:43:30AM

Apple has 5.6 for Lion available as a direct download rather than needing any tools to pull it out of a previous package: "AirPort Utility 5.6 for Mac OS X Lion"

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1482

I think (but I have not tried it) that this installs an application called "Airport Utility 5.6" so that it does not conflict with the most up-to-date version you may have installed called just "Airport Utility".



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Airport Utility 5.6 available from Apple
Authored by: odaiwai on Feb 07, '12 08:17:58AM

I have tried this, and I can confirm that the download link, when installed, gives you an app named "Airport Utility 5.6", which will not overwrite the v6.0 version, so that you can use both as appropriate.

I can't attach an image here, but when you search for "Airport Utility" using spotlight, you will be given a choice of both apps to run.



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Airport Utility 5.6 available from Apple
Authored by: dgilz on Feb 07, '12 10:54:14AM

I confirm as well, that version 5.6 is installed besides version 6.0, both versions seem to work fine. And the newest version 6.0 is impossible to uninstall the usual way, a warning messages notifies you that macOS needs it to operate.



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Airport Utility 6.0
Authored by: sault on Feb 07, '12 09:41:43AM

Unneeded wok. Both can be installed by the system



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Airport Utility 6.0
Authored by: poenn on Feb 07, '12 02:46:30PM

The others here are correct. You can install it from Apple’s support site and it will exist side by side with v6.0



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Airport Utility 6.0
Authored by: aMacUzur on Feb 07, '12 05:13:41PM

I have a network containing older Airport Express "g" units and newer "n" units so updated to (both) Airport Utility v5.6 and v6.0. If you cross-check, you'll find, at least on a current model Airport Express ("n" version), that Airport Utility v6.0 provides access to only a subset of the setup/capabilities that Airport Utility v5.6 provides.

I didn't notice this mentioned anywhere, but it's actually quite important. In fact, the update web-pages seem to imply that v5.6 was only for older units that 6.0 didn't handle. In fact, it works for both (at least in the case of Airport Express units). Given some of the things that can't ba accessed/configured via 6.0 (e.g., time server setup, unit location, transmit-strength setting, logs, etc.), it seems that you'll need both.



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Airport Utility 6.0
Authored by: apikoros on Feb 08, '12 10:57:56AM

I'm not trying to hijack this thread, but I thought it wasn't possible to mix "n" and "g" units.

I recently got a current-generation Time Capsule, and a friend gave me her older-model Time Capsule, which is also an "n" unit. I had hoped to use my older b/g "Snow" Extreme and my older b/g Expresses wirelessly with both "n" Time Capsules (which will be wired to each other via Ethernet), but I've been told it can't be done. Can you point me to information on how you managed to create a mixed g/n network?

Thanks in advance.



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Airport Utility 6.0
Authored by: kirkmc on Feb 08, '12 11:21:01AM

I think - and I'm not sure, but this is how I did it - is to use two channels, one 5 GHz n, and another g.

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Airport Utility 6.0
Authored by: apikoros on Feb 08, '12 12:04:10PM
Thanks, but… oy. I don't even remember how I set up the "g" network that I have now. I have no idea how to use two channels. I suppose it's a matter of mastering arcane Airport Utility settings… while using both AU 5.5.3 and 6.0? Gevalt. But thanks again.
Edited on Feb 08, '12 12:05:27PM by apikoros


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Airport Utility 6.0
Authored by: David Allen on Feb 08, '12 05:03:12PM

a, b, g and n devices can all connect to the same wireless network, but the network will slow to the speed of the weakest link. So if you mix g and n devices, the n devices will get no better than g throughput. Only n devices can use 5 GHz frequency, so if you create a mixed LAN and have a dual band router, it is better to use the 5GHZ frequency for the n devices that can use it.

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Airport Utility 6.0
Authored by: apikoros on Feb 08, '12 10:18:22PM

Thanks, David. The newest Time Capsule is dual-band, so I'll try to work it out.



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