Swapping Configuration Files Between Airport Extremes

foto-max

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I am considering getting a new Airport Extreme (tower). I am currently utilizing an Airport Extreme (model A1354, version 4) and am using use static addressing with many MAC addresses configured. I have exported and saved the config file for my current Airport Extreme. When I purchase the new Airport Extreme (tower), can I simply import the config file into the device and be on my way, or is the software on the new device different and save config files in a different manner?
 

priitv8

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Dunno about the current gen, but on 1st, 2nd and 4th gen Extremes the config files were freely interchangeable.
 

djarum69

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Just migrated from a first generation to the current gen and use the file migration with no issues. It was very easy to do after consulting Google.
 

FreakinEurekan

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Super easy, just plug the new one in but don't disconnect the old one. Setup will give you the option to copy config from an existing AirPort device; select your old one and AirPort utility will clone it for you.
 

priitv8

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Super easy, just plug the new one in but don't disconnect the old one. Setup will give you the option to copy config from an existing AirPort device; select your old one and AirPort utility will clone it for you.
Nice tip! What does the AirPort Utility do with the config of original router? Reset to factory default?
Having 2 identical routers on the network doesn't sound like a useable setup?
 

Bear

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Nice tip! What does the AirPort Utility do with the config of original router? Reset to factory default?
Having 2 identical routers on the network doesn't sound like a useable setup?
What I did with my old AirPort was leave it configured and put it away in case something happened to the new one. Yes the old one is slow, but it's better than nothing and makes for a quick swap.
 
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