Airport Utility 6.3.2 does not support Airport Express (First Generation)

acevergreen

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Hi,

I have an Airport Utility version6.3.2 on my OSX Maverick (10.9.5). I have an Airport Express (first generation) acting as a client to the home router to serve Airplay to a mp3 player.

I have recently changed to a new router and the Airport Express (AE) has stopped working as it needs to have the new router information to be updated in order to reconnect as the client. So I connected the AE to the MacBook with an ethernet cable. The MacBook has Airport Utility 6.3.5.

The message says "This version of Airport Utility doesn't support this base station. Go to Airport Service and Support for more information". When I go to the support link it shows that Airport Utility 6.3.2 does support AE first generation.

I can't download lower version of Airport Utility as the operation systems won't allow me to do so as there is later version already exists on the device. Plus I can't delete the existing Airport Utility as it says 'OSX requires this to operate'.

Is there a way to configure the AE? I would like to continue using my AE as it would be a shame to throw it away simply because of the compatibility issue.

Please Help!

Regards,

AC
 

imrazor

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bubsdaddy

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According to this thread: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1st-gen-airport-express-trouble.1553619/
you need Airport Utility 5.6 (or maybe 5.6.1) to configure your Airport. As you pointed out, there is currently no official way to run the older utility under Mavericks. I had to use this utility to get it to run:
http://coreyjmahler.com/2013/10/24/airport-utility-5-6-1-on-os-x-10-9-mavericks/
Please let us know if it works for you.
This utility works well. The other method is to use the Windows Airport Windows utility if you have or can borrow a Windows PC. The Windows version still supports the 1st gen AE.
 
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acevergreen

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Feb 6, 2008
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Thanks for the tips guys. You're awesome!

I followed bubsdaddy's advice and took it to the Windows PC as it was the easiest option. I was given one from work. It worked as Apple has Airport Utility 5.6.1 for Windows. When I hooked it up using ethernet cable. Holla! It was there. It is a shame though. Windows solved Apple's :apple: problem. :(
 

bubsdaddy

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Glad it worked for you. I have bought several of the first gens for less than $10 because people sold them cheap being unable to configure them with the current Mac or IOS Airport Utility. It is a shame and I have no idea why Apple unnecessarily abandoned the first gen. It is still useful for music streaming.
 

acevergreen

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Feb 6, 2008
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Glad it worked for you. I have bought several of the first gens for less than $10 because people sold them cheap being unable to configure them with the current Mac or IOS Airport Utility. It is a shame and I have no idea why Apple unnecessarily abandoned the first gen. It is still useful for music streaming.
I know it is a shame. But I somehow think Apple didn't abandon the first gen, I think it is a bug. When I looked at the Apple link below some of the Airport Utility still supports first gen. v6.3 for example.

https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201669
 

bubsdaddy

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Mar 5, 2008
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From your link under the Notes section:

  • AirPort Utility 6.0 and later will not configure AirPort 802.11g-based devices. Configuration of these base stations requires the appropriate versions of the AirPort Admin Utility.
 

robgendreau

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YA reason to avoid buying Apple's networking equipment.

The deprecation of the older utility to configure them was just arbitrary; an enforced obsolescence for no good reason. Next time get something that can be configured with a browser.
 
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