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If you’re like me, you’ve had seven (or more) kinds of problems with your Airport Extreme. Maybe today’s update will fix it for you, even though Apple’s description is terse as usual, offering only “general fixes and compatibility updates.” While you’re at it, don’t forget to […]

If you’re like me, you’ve had seven (or more) kinds of problems with your Airport Extreme. Maybe today’s update will fix it for you, even though Apple’s description is terse as usual, offering only “general fixes and compatibility updates.”

While you’re at it, don’t forget to pick up last week’s Boot Camp 1.4, which seemed to get lost in the hubbub of iLife ’08, iWork ’08, and the new iMacs.

  1. No, didn’t fix anything – made it worse. I cannot connext my Airport Express to my new Airport Extreme Base station even after hours of futzing.

    This is absolute nonsense. Apple’s products should just WORK. Maybe Apple needs to spend much less time with fluff (like the iPhone) and more time making their computing products actually work as advertised.

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  2. I’m inclined to agree with you, umijin. The iPhone took a huge chunk out of Apple’s R&D and those of us who like and use their computer products are subsidizing the development costs for the people who had to have the “God phone” — a product that, I’m afraid to say, may be a dud, given the low demand for it.

    The iPhone and Apple TV both have made me personally questions Apple’s commitment to personal computing; when they changed their name from Apple Computer, Inc. to Apple, Inc., that really made me feel uneasy.

    I’m beginning to wonder whether I should upgrade to Leopard in October, or am I safer staying with the known quantity of Tiger?

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  3. >I’m beginning to wonder whether I should upgrade to Leopard in October, or am I safer staying with the known quantity of Tiger?

    Well I would say just make sure you have a backup of your Tiger system. Bummer if leopard turns out to be crap, though I really doubt that it will.

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  4. I have a Airport Express.
    When installing the software request the Airport Utility 5.0 that is on the Airport Extreme CD. So i can’t install the update on my Airport Express. No way to download the software from the Apple Site.

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  5. Honza — Oh, I’m definitely getting a pristine backup before I install Leopard. I’ll be installing from scratch anyway, instead of upgrading, so I definitely will need a backup. Less chance of something going wrong that way.

    Marco — That sucks. The update site specifically says the update supports AirPort Express, but it also says that it requires AirPort Utility 5.0 to already be installed. It’s a bit confusing.

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  6. Ehhh…I’m REALLY weary of airport updates. When I paid for the 802.11n enabler, it wreaked havoc on my system. I might have to wait on this one…

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  7. I have the old Aiport Extreme, Airport Express and the new Extreme. I did have a problem getting the Airport Utility to see the Express until I did a hard reset on the Express. No problems after that with setting it up although I did have to select the option to connect to an existing network and not to extend. The Express never worked with the old Extreme but now I am enjoying the wonders of AirTunes for the very first time.

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  8. I found that if i used WEP, it can’t connect the express to the new extreme’s network. however if one uses the wpa/wpa2 setting, it works fine

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  9. Holy hack! That’s it! You are correct! I was using WEP, and it wouldn’t work. I switched to WPA/WPA2 and there is no problem.

    Why the @#$@# isn’t this suggestion in the support section at Apple.com?

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  10. bv & umijin — Yet one more good reason (as if there needed to be another) to switch from WEP to WPA. I know that some older clients (PDAs, etc) don’t support WPA, but otherwise, WEP is not really a secure scheme. And, no, not that that turns this bug into a feature, but it’s definitely not something that I would have noticed. I haven’t run WEP in over 3 years, and I’ve been on WPA2 for at least a year and a half. At one point, I even tried 802.1X on the Extreme, but that didn’t work so well.

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