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kendellrt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I just updated my AirPort Extreme to the lastest firmware (7.6.1).  Since then I have had really poor performance.  I would like to downgrade to the previous firmware, but I can't figure out how to do it with the new GUI.  Before 7.6.1 you simply opened up the manual setup and clicked on "version".  That is not how it works with the new GUI.  If you click on "version" in the pop-up window it does not open another window, it just changes the firmware version number from 7.6.1 to the exact build number.  I have clicked on "edit", but there is no option that I can find to downgrade from there, either.  I don't even see a setup assistant.  How do you downgrade the firmware using the new GUI?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7), 20" Mid 2007
  • James734 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Assuming your using Airport Ulilty 6.0, which in all accounts is a "Lite" version. Try downloading and install Airport Utility 5.6, both can be installed. This should put you back to the old interface and allow you to do what you want.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1482

  • kendellrt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you, yes, I was actually talking about the AirPort Utility and the new GUI. I completely forgot that I was viewing that, not the actual APE firmware. I spend so much time setting up routers for other people, which are rarely the Apple variety, that I'm used to looking at a GUI directly from the router itself. When I opened the AirPort Utility to make a couple changes it offered to update the utility and the APE firmware both, so I did. The new AirPort Utility is seriously dumbed down. Does it have a setup assistant for regular users if the APE is using the default settings and has not been configured at all? If not, I would think that it would actually be more difficult for users that only have basic knowledge of networking stuff. Thanks for the link to the previous AirPort Utility. I'm mobile right now, but I'll install it when I get home and roll it back. You stated that you can use both. Does that mean that both utilities can be installed side by side?

  • James734 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Not sure about the setup assistance piece of of it as all my stuff is configured. Typically in the past when I setup new devices it would default to an AP and broadcast an usecure SSID. I'd connect to that SSID and run the airport utility. Now for users that may not understand things that might be a little challeging. Not sure what your profession is, but I'm in the networking field and work for one of the networking giants. Personally I could do without all the GUI's to be honest. :-)

     

     

    Yes, Both APU 6.0 and APU5.6 can be installed. Here's a image of the tool in my Utlities folder. Top on is 6.0 and the bottom doesn't require any explanation to what version. I didn't rename anything this is how it all updated/installed.

     

  • kendellrt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You forgot to post the screenshot, but we all do that.

     

    Anyhow, my education and certifications are in networking.  Of course, I still do a lot of basic computer work, like hardware and software repair, install, upgrades, etc.  I perform a lot services for clients who come into my shop for help, but I prefer the on-site part of my job.  I don't do anythng for large companies or corprate types, but I will set up whatever they need in their home or vacation home.  I do a lot of on-site setups of new computers, both Mac and PC.  But my main business, and my money maker, is design and install/implementation of networks for homes, small businesses and offices, and small medical offices like doctors and dentists.  It seems like all of the competition in this market lack the knowledge and skills to put together a network with any type of wireless access that must comply with HIPAA regulations.  Private schools are fun, too.  I've gotten a lot of cookies, cake, and pie from the kids, accompanied with hand-made thank you cards.

     

    Thanks for the help.  I'll let you know if there is anything else that I need.

  • James734 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Sorry about the image. Here it is.

     

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    Sounds like you get to do a lot enjoyable fun work.

     

    Take care and to continued success.

  • kendellrt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok, there is one more thing that I need.  When I click on "version" it brings up my documents folder, which has no firmware bundles in it.  Where are the firmware files stored?

  • James734 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    You don't have any options under the version?image.png

     

    Trying seraching for a older version to downloaded from here:

     

    http://support.apple.com/downloads/#airport

  • James734 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Take a look in

     

    ~/Library/Application Support/Apple/AirPort/Firmware

     

    Do you have a "version.xml" file in there? This should provide all the versions I have in the list above based upon product ID number.

     

    If this file is missing, see if you can pull it from another machine.

  • James734 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    I assuming this is what you selected after you connected to the AP. That's how I was presented with the list above.

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    If this is not how your doing it please provide the exact steps you've done.

     

    Message was edited by: James734 - Type-O and additional question.

  • kendellrt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I did click on "Upload Firmware", but it just opened to my documents folder with a window similar to an "Open" or "Save As" dialog.  I'll try it again.

  • kendellrt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I found the AirPort Firmware folder, and I do have "versions.xml" in that folder.  However, when I try to select it using the dialog box that appears when I click o "version", it is greyed out.  What next?

  • kendellrt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can someone send me a copy of 7.6 or 7.5.2?

  • kendellrt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Nevermind, I tried it again and it worked just like it is supposed to.  That's really wierd.  Thanks, everyone!

  • James734 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Glad you got things all taken care of..

     

    FYI: The Versions.xml file is only used by the APU to determine the versions availble for each product along with where APU can download the firmware. Since you weren't getting a drop down list I was wondering if maybe this file was missing.

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