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NewsPoster Jun 10, 2013 09:55 PM
Apple updates AirPort utilities to reflect new bases, 802.11ac
Apple has issued updates for the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule, releasing minor upgrades for the <a href="" rel='nofollow'>firmware</a> (now at version 7.7.1) and <a href="" rel='nofollow'>AirPort Utility</a> software (now at version 6.3) to add compatibility for the newly-announced, redesigned <a href=" evices/" rel='nofollow'>AirPort hardware</a> that supports the forthcoming <a href="" rel='nofollow'>802.11ac</a> standard. The new standard, which uses the 5GHz bandwidth of 802.11n, is backward-compatible with earlier Wi-Fi but supports faster speed and greater range. The new MacBook Air is the first model to feature 802.11ac.<br />
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The updates do not give current AirPort hardware the ability to support 802.11ac -- sometimes referred to as "gigabit Internet" -- but the routers will continue to work with future Macs that have 802.11ac support since they are compatible with 802.11n and g. The firmware release also resolves a rare issue that may cause the hard drive in the Time Capsule, or a hard drive connected via USB to an AirPort device, to become unresponsive.<br />
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The update to AirPort Utility simply allows users to configure and manage the new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule models that offer 802.11ac Wi-Fi, announced earlier on Monday and available now or very soon at Apple sales outlets. Both updates are available for all 802.11n-capable AirPort devices, including the Express and Extreme base stations along with the Time Capsule.<br />
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The AirPort Utility update comes in at 21.43MB and requires either the latest version of Lion (OS X 10.7.5) or the 10.8.3 or later version of Mountain Lion. The updates are available through Software Update or from Apple's <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Support Downloads</a> page.
LenE Jun 11, 2013 01:52 AM
The firmware update does not appear to be live yet. Confusingly, the release notes linked above say that this is for the 802.11ac-capable Airport Extreme, and then a paragraph later that it is for all 802.11n-capable base stations.

Both of my 802.11n Airport Extremes are at 7.6.3, and reporting that they are on the latest firmware.
pairof9s Jun 11, 2013 07:42 AM
Same as you, LenE...neither my Extreme nor Expresses are stating an update is available, staying at 7.6.3.
nouser Jun 11, 2013 04:50 PM
I'd also add that the Airport Utility v6.3 can't find any of my Airport Extreme base stations. There are now several report of this in the Apple support Discussion forum. I had to revert to v6.2 to make any changes to the network. Be sure to duplicate your existing Airport Utility and rename it prior to accepting the upgrade to v6.3
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