7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 3, 2013 8:30 AM by Pablo_perez
EasyKoni Level 1 (0 points)

Hi there,


I did setup my Airport Express with Airport Utility 5.X.

Airport Utility got automatically updated to 6.0 and later to 6.1 (and I beleive my Airport Express Software also got an update)


Since these updates I can't access the DHCP message settings anymore. So the DHCP message stays the same and I can't change it anymore.

Also the radio power can't be adjusted anymore. I don't know if it's set to 100% now or if it got stuck on my previous setting?


Do I really need to install the old Airport Utility 5.6 again to be able to change my previos settings?

Should that really be the case, it would drastically decrease my opinion about that Apple's software testing procedure before releasing!


I hope someone can help me to solve this problem.

Airport Express, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Barry Hemphill Level 8 (37,327 points)



    Also the radio power can't be adjusted anymore.

    I noticed the same thing and looked, but cannot find any power setting in the utility (version 6).


    I do not know about the DHCP question.



  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,184 points)

    Do I really need to install the old Airport Utility 5.6 again to be able to change my previos settings?

    Yes. Suggest that you keep both AirPort Utility 5.6 and 6.1 on your Mac and use the one that need


    AirPort Utility 5.6 for Mac OS X Lion

  • YaoFei_Shanghai Level 1 (0 points)

    I got it!


    Backup your configuraton by "Export " to a plain text XML file , then use Text Edit to find your DHCP Messages, delete the key and the value pair, or change it to your new message. 


    Import the edited configuration file and upodate the AirPort basestation, it works.

  • EasyKoni Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi all of you,


    Thanks a lot for your help! Your solutions work for me.


    I now keep both Airport Utilities 5.6 and 6.1 and work with both of them.


    It's just hard to beleive that keeping 2 programs doing the same thing or edit a configuration file by hand is the way to do change this common settings!

    I hope that you agree with me that this isn't the way we are used from Apple and that they should do something about it isn't quite professional to programm apps that way.

  • HACKINT0SH Level 5 (5,760 points)

    Hate to break it do you, but since this is the second vision of that PoS 6.x, and still no change, looks like Apple is going to stand form on this. So... take advantage of 6.6 while you still can. It's going to be eventually disabled completely.


    This is what happens when marketing over-takes engineering... like the whole Lisa disaster all over again.

  • Szamot Level 1 (0 points)

    The Airport utility 6.1 does take 3 steps backwards from the old trusted 5.x.  In order for you to get to the DHCP network set up and bypass the silly DHCP limitation that now simply reads your IP address from your ISP simply select DHCP and NAT under Network, then hit Network Options and in there you will be allowed to either set it up as 10.x or 192.x.  Just about the most un-intuitive and stupid set up change I have seen.  It does not need to be this DIFFICULT Apple - fix it already.

  • Pablo_perez Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you very much, YaoFei_Shangai, you got the right solution!