Forum Question: How Do I Configure an Old AirPort Extreme?

I have an old Airport Extreme (the dome-shaped one) that I was using as a fallback network at the office. I now have an additional office with no network, so I brought the AE to the new office to set up. I wanted to reconfigure it with a different name and password, but upon trying, I get a message that it can’t be done with Airport Utility 6 and that I would need to use Airport Utility 5. Aside from not knowing how to downgrade an app to a previous version, I’m not sure I’d want to. Is there another way to do this?

Comments: 5 Responses to “How Do I Configure an Old AirPort Extreme?”

    11/10/12 @ 1:43 pm

    No need to downgrade. You can have both Airport Utility and Airport Utility 5 on your Mac together. Think of them as independent apps.
    If you had Airport Utility 5 before, then you may still have it now. Look for it. If it isn’t there, then you can download it easily.
    Apple has it for you right here:

      11/10/12 @ 1:53 pm

      When I tried to install it, I was told it would not run on my version of OS X.

      11/10/12 @ 2:19 pm

      I downloaded both Airport Utility 5.6 and Airport Utility 5.6.1. In both cases, when I ran the installer package, I was told the version of Mac OS X on this volume is not supported.

        11/10/12 @ 2:54 pm

        That’s very strange. Not sure why it would say that. I just confirmed that AirPort Utility ran fine on my Mac Pro with Mountain Lion.

    Gordon Potter
    11/10/12 @ 8:35 pm

    The Airport Utility Installer for 5.6x will not work on Mountain Lion.
    This is the method I used. The UnPkg app worked just fine.

    Here is a link to the official Apple procedure.

    Be certain to download 5.6.1 for use on Mountain Lion – not sure why, but some folks think that is important. (The Apple link, contains a link to version 5.6.1)

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