9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 28, 2009 1:59 PM by Chris Peterson
George Machen Level 1 (20 points)
According to "Mac OS X v10.6: About incompatible software"
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3258?viewlocale=en_US
...AirPort Admin Utility for Graphite and Snow 4.2.5 is incompatible with Snow Leopard.

I have a Snow AirPort Base Station, and AirPort Utility 5.4.2 doesn't seem to be able to see it. (At least I can't figure out how to make it do so.) Can it not work with a Snow Base Station?

Now what?

PowerBook Pismo 500, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Niel Level 10 (298,591 points)
    Apple will likely release an update for compatibility. In case they don't, I'd keep a Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5 system available.

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  • Duane Level 10 (120,794 points)
    Unfortunately you will not be able to configure a snow AirPort base station (ABS) if your Mac is running 10.6.
  • George Machen Level 1 (20 points)
    So AirPort Utility 5.4.2 for sure will not work with a Snow Base Station?
  • Niel Level 10 (298,591 points)
    So AirPort Utility 5.4.2 for sure will not work with a Snow Base Station?


    Correct.

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  • Ross Barkman Level 1 (0 points)
    In fact, Snow Leopard won't even allow the app to launch:

    Snow Leopard will prevent the application from opening and you will receive a dialog notifying you of the incompatibility
  • Chris Peterson Level 1 (80 points)
    So Apple makes a great product like the Snow Airport Base Station and then make it unusable/ un-configurable through an OS update? What can be used to configure the station? *There must be a resolution that does not involve throwing away the base station!*
  • George Machen Level 1 (20 points)
    Niel, what is "(46785)"?

    Message was edited by: George Machen
  • Duane Level 10 (120,794 points)
    One solution is to keep a pre-Snow Leopard OS installation (either on another partition or external drive) and then boot from that when you need to configure the snow AirPort base station (ABS).

    Another solution is to use another Mac running a pre-Snow Leopard OS to configure the snow ABS.

    Since the snow ABS was discontinued 6 years ago I can understand why support is going away.

    The last PowerPC was shipped only 3 years ago and that is not supported by Snow Leopard either.
  • Chris Peterson Level 1 (80 points)
    I understand that it is an older piece of hardware, I just thought there might have been notice given or alternatives for continued use of the base station. I am sure that there are many people and institutions that are still using theses (as they were built very well. I guess we'll have to find alternatives to configure the station. I wonder if the Windows utility will work on a Vista machine?