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Old Feb 7, 2013, 01:54 PM   #1
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Apple Releases Airport Utility 6.2 with Guest Wi-Fi and Printer Improvements




Apple has released an updated version of its AirPort Utility wireless network manager, bringing it to version 6.2.

The update contains the usual improvements and bug fixes, but Apple mentions three specific changes:
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- The ability to extend the Guest Wi-Fi network on a network that is configured with multiple AirPort Base Stations

- The ability to add a WPS-capable Wi-Fi printer

- Improved international support
The update weighs in at 20.64MB and is available through Apple's software update website.

Update: Apple has also released AirPort Base Station and Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.6.3 for updating the units themselves.

Finally, the AirPort Utility app for iOS has also been updated to add the new functionality.

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Old Feb 7, 2013, 01:57 PM   #2
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I wonder if this update hints at impending AC routers soon...
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 01:58 PM   #3
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Why isn't this available as a mac app store update?
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 02:00 PM   #4
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After installing I now have updates showing up for my Airport's and Time Capsules.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 02:04 PM   #5
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After installing I now have updates showing up for my Airport's and Time Capsules.
Same here, TC firmware update to 7.6.3 I think. Don't know if this is because I've been negligent in updating my TC, or if this is a new firmware to coincide with the Airport Utility. Also not sure if the badge on the Airport Utility advising of available firmware update is new or not, but it helped.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 02:07 PM   #6
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Same here, TC firmware update to 6.0.3 I think. Don't know if this is because I've been negligent in updating my TC, or if this is a new firmware to coincide with the Airport Utility. Also not sure if the badge on the Airport Utility advising of available firmware update is new or not, but it helped.
The firmware is new. And the badge has been a feature for a while. Apparently you're not as negligent as you thought
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 02:08 PM   #7
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I wonder if they'll update the Windows version of AirPort Utility.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 02:01 PM   #8
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Why isn't this available as a mac app store update?
I noticed this problem to, but I was able to update this on my sisters notebook running Mac OS X Snow Leopard with no problem.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 02:02 PM   #9
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I wish they'd return some of the functionality that existed in Airport Utility 5. (It's still what they distribute to Windows). I run Airport Utility 5 alongside 6, but so far 5 does more than even 6.2!
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 02:33 PM   #10
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I wish they'd return some of the functionality that existed in Airport Utility 5. (It's still what they distribute to Windows). I run Airport Utility 5 alongside 6, but so far 5 does more than even 6.2!
I know. I keep a copy of 5.x because it gives more options.
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I know. I keep a copy of 5.x because it gives more options.
The worst part? The version they ship on Windows has all of the full functionality still. They ship a better version of Airport utility on Windows! The new UI is nice, but I have to say I don't understand the 'benefit' from REMOVING features!
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 03:06 PM   #12
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I wish they'd return some of the functionality that existed in Airport Utility 5. (It's still what they distribute to Windows). I run Airport Utility 5 alongside 6, but so far 5 does more than even 6.2!
Absolutely agree. I do the same thing, because without it you can't see network logs, such as wifi clients and DHCP clients. Please Apple, at least make this version of AU as functional as it was before.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 03:28 PM   #13
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No prob Icaras. This comes for me just in time because I got an Airport Express to extend my network last week.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 07:53 PM   #14
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Absolutely agree. I do the same thing, because without it you can't see network logs, such as wifi clients and DHCP clients. Please Apple, at least make this version of AU as functional as it was before.


You may want to check out the Wi-Fi diagnostics utility. Check the view menu after running it.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 05:56 PM   #15
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I wish they'd return some of the functionality that existed in Airport Utility 5. (It's still what they distribute to Windows). I run Airport Utility 5 alongside 6, but so far 5 does more than even 6.2!
Agree. I'm really disappointed that functionality from the 5.6 version still hasn't been ported over to version 6.2.
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I wish they'd return some of the functionality that existed in Airport Utility 5. (It's still what they distribute to Windows). I run Airport Utility 5 alongside 6, but so far 5 does more than even 6.2!
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Agree. I'm really disappointed that functionality from the 5.6 version still hasn't been ported over to version 6.2.
I just cannot comprehend why Apple would "dumb down" Airport Utility the way they have since v. 6. I also keep V. 5 on my new iMac for the options it affords one.
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It was for me.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 02:04 PM   #18
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It was for me.
okay, i just saw it said it was available at an apple.com support page.
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Why isn't this available as a mac app store update?
It was for me?

Edit: Sorry, just saw you responded to someone about this already.
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Why isn't this available as a mac app store update?
System updates take a little longer to load and show on the list than app updates do. Wait at the update screen a little longer, and it should show up.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 02:29 PM   #21
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About time!

FINALLY! glad they allowed you to extend the guest network! That was really annoying and disappointing before…THANKS
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For me it was…
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Already updated. Minor fixes that I do notice. Overall, nothing special. The extended Guest Wi-Fi is minimally impressive and should've been done since the first time Guest was included.
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Apple has released an updated version of its AirPort Utility wireless network manager, bringing it to version 6.2.

The update contains the usual improvements and bug fixes, but Apple mentions three specific changes:
The update weighs in at 20.64MB and is available through Apple's software update website.

Article Link: Apple Releases Airport Utility 6.2 with Guest Wi-Fi and Printer Improvements
This article is slightly misleading. There's two different downloads... The specific firmware for the 802.11n compatible devices (v.7.6.3), AND the Airport Utility (v.6.2). The firmware download page for the base stations is here (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1617)

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Looks like Icaras got it before me, by the way.
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Automatic on/off for guest network

Does anyone know yet if there is a way to add a timer for the guest network ONLY?

The last update allows for the wireless to be turned on and off at certain times or certain days, but it was for ALL wireless access and not just a guest access.

I have a few cafes and it would be great to automatically cut off the guest network at certain times to prevent people camping out in the cafe all day or during busy hours.
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