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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?
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Cameron

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

    10 years ago

    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:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1998

      Cameron
      10 years ago

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

      Cameron
      10 years ago

      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.

        10 years ago

        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
    10 years ago

    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.
    http://www.macworld.com/article/1167965/mountain_lion_and_the_ancient_airport_base_station.html

    Here is a link to the official Apple procedure.
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4172563?start=0&tstart=0

    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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