Apple Releases Firmware Update 7.7.9 and 7.6.9 for AirPort Base Stations [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today released new firmware updates for its Wi-Fi base stations, including the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. The 7.7.9 update is available for 802.11ac base stations, while the 7.6.9 update is available for 802.11n base stations.

    Release notes for the update were not provided by Apple, but it is likely that this firmware update fixes the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerabilities that affected many modern Wi-Fi networks and devices.

    The KRACK vulnerability had the potential to allow attackers to exploit weaknesses in the WPA2 protocol to decrypt network traffic to sniff out credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, photos, and other sensitive information. Apple released KRACK security updates for other devices earlier this year.

    The new firmware updates can be installed using the AirPort Utility app for iOS or macOS.

    Apple has allegedly stopped development on its AirPort wireless routers in 2016, and to our knowledge, the company does not plan to produce another product in the AirPort family in the near future.

    Update: Support documents for the security contents of the 7.7.9 and 7.6.9 updates confirm that the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability has been addressed alongside a few other security issues.

    Article Link: Apple Releases Firmware Update 7.7.9 and 7.6.9 for AirPort Base Stations [Updated]
  2. Chazzle macrumors 68000


    Jul 17, 2015
  3. AlexH macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2006
    Welcomed update, but man I wish they’d continue router development.
  4. imran5720 macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2013
    Are you sure they completely stopped it?
  5. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    This update comes more than a month after my eeros were updated to patch the vulnerability. I’m glad I jumped off the AirPort bandwagon last year.
  6. AlexH macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2006
  7. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
  8. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Nope alive like the Mac Pro ;)
  9. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2013
  10. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Personally I think they've stopped. Look at their recent style of announcing everything in advance. They pre-announced the iMac Pro, the HomePod, and the future Modular Mac Pro with new monitors no less. Wouldn't it seem really odd that the "one more thing" secret is... routers? iPad Socks would probably generate more excitement.:D
  11. Bokito macrumors regular

    May 29, 2007
    Yeah, I 100% agree to that. I’m living in an apartment block with more than 30 different networks available to pick from. My Time Capsule just works, but my ISP’s router is merely a backup.

    I wish they’d bring back the old Mac software too. It’s way better than the iOSified version.

    Airports are not the cheapest routers around, but I think it’s one of the best products Apple ever made.
  12. Loxen88 macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2017
    This, so hoping for this.
  13. dippnerd macrumors member


    Aug 25, 2017
    Philadelphia, PA
    I really don't want to get my hopes up, but it would be nice.
  14. bsbeamer macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2012
    If updating from Mac, quit the AirPort Utility app after update. Appears to be a glitch in the software that wants to re-download and update after already installed.
  15. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I love my time capsule. If they ever discontinue it for good I would buy another even though mine still works.
  16. imran5720 macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2013
    i need to buy new time-capsule, not sure if i should wait or just buy it now?
  17. TsMkLg068426 macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2009

    Sadly yes last article I read on MacRumors Tim Cook rather move Wireless Router department to work on Driverless Cars instead which imo is really dumb.
  18. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    Interestingly, there was an update for my very old Airport Express (the one that plugs directly into the wall and has S/PDIF port).
    And of course, and update for the new TimeCapsule.
  19. zorinlynx macrumors 601


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    There haven't been any major advances in WiFi performance since then, though. There is literally no reason to release a new router right now.

    If a new WiFi standard comes along and Apple doesn't release a new router afterwards, THEN we can be sure that development is dead. But for now the current routers are still state of the art.

    This firmware update shows that Apple is still supporting the products, and they are still for sale without stock problems.
  20. superduperultra macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2008
    I'd like to think they're totally rethinking their router strategy with some kind of mesh network.

    There will be no announcement, just a cold press release one beautiful Tuesday morning.
  21. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2013
    AirPort for the most part is mesh networking.
  22. superduperultra macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2008
    It's just not very user-friendly, there is a lot they could do to make it better for the hoi polloi.
  23. hagar macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    My WiFi network frequently slows down and rebooting my time capsule seems to do the trick. What could be the problem?
    I hope this update fixes the issue but I’m not holding my breath.
  24. A7ibaba macrumors regular


    Apr 19, 2012
    I dont understand all those whining about discontinuation. Airport extreme got all you need. 802.11ac, 1.3 Gbp with simultaneous dual-band. Its not like something new will emerge next year,and tbh i dont see any new WIFI tech in next 5 years

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