Currently Being ModeratedJul 28, 2012 2:33 PM (in response to Joel Pro)
Here's what's odd:
I have AirPort Utility 5.6 and it runs just fine in Mountain Lion.
I did, however, have it installed prior to upgrading to Lion and Mountain Lion.
Do you have any friends with an older Mac? Maybe if you just copy the 5.6 utility itself rather than trying to use the installer will work.
Or if you are near an Apple Store a Genious might be able to copy it onto your Mac.
I have to think that Apple will come out with a 5.6 version that will run on Mountain Lion.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 28, 2012 2:35 PM (in response to Matthew Morgan)
I just copied AirPort Utility 5.6 from my MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion it my iMac also running Mountain Lion.
So, it looks like the problem is with the installer.
If you can just get your hands on a Mac with the 5.6 utility already installed or have someone put it on a USB drive for you, I think you'll be in business.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 28, 2012 2:54 PM (in response to Joel Pro)
Matthew, you are right. It works. The installer does not however. So I used Pacifist and extracted the file myself from the installer and now I have it functioning again.
Thanks for that.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 28, 2012 3:18 PM (in response to sberman)
Yes, but we assume @Joel Pro is using an older Airport Express since he is asking for help using version 5.6. Like Airport Utility version 6.0, 6.1 does not support administration of AirPort Express 802.11g and AirPort Extreme 802.11g base stations.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 28, 2012 3:20 PM (in response to sberman)
The latest Airport Utility is V6.1.
Here's the link to get it: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1537
Airport Utility V6.1 does not work with Airport Express B/G. That was the whole point. The latest, perhaps - but to a fault.
Just saw Alfred DeRose's link above (thanks!) - indeed Ars used Pacifist too. It is an alternative way to open installers that - uhem - don't cooperate. This is where I downloaded it:
Currently Being ModeratedJul 28, 2012 3:25 PM (in response to Joel Pro)
You're wlcome. Glad it worked.
I was in the same boat. Still have two Airport Express b/g that work fine. I use them for creating a personal WiFi network when travelling and using hotel Internet. They work like a charm, but it was a pain when Apple dropped support from Airport Utility 6.0. As long as 5.6 continues to work, I'm ok.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 31, 2012 8:34 AM (in response to Joel Pro)
I was in the same boat, having upgraded to Mountain Lion and found I could no longer configure my older AirPort BaseStations, yet the earlier AirPort Utility cannot be installed.
Luckily I already had Pacifist and so I extracted the app and it runs fine. But I have to wonder if this was down to Apple's incompetence or planned obsolescence
Currently Being ModeratedJul 31, 2012 9:02 AM (in response to UKenGB)
Surely intentional. Something this basic does not escape Cupertino. I would assume it is related to the fact that older base stations (b/g) are rather non-optimally featured for devices of the near future, you know, things with "TV" in them.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 31, 2012 9:44 AM (in response to Joel Pro)
Joel Pro wrote:
Surely intentional. Something this basic does not escape Cupertino.
Much as I do love a good conspiracy theory, this is exactly the kind of thing that could be overlooked or low on the priority list when rolling out Mountain Lion.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 31, 2012 10:09 AM (in response to Matthew Morgan)
Disagree. High likelihood it's intentional. There is a list of supported devices that get tested with each new version of anything. iEcosystem is small this would probably have been discovered. Anyway it's going to become unsupported at some point, why not now-ish?