2 Replies Latest reply: Dec 18, 2012 6:20 AM by Alberto Ravasio
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When I connect the AirPort Extreme, Lion Mounted writes
This version of AirPort Utility does not support the base station. Use Utility AirPort 5.6 for configuration or management of the base station.

Version of AirPort Utility are 6.1.

What's the problem?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • Tesserax Level 9 (50,489 points)

    You must be using an older 802.11g version of the AirPort Extreme Base Station (AEBS). If that is the case, you will need AirPort Utility version 5.6 to administer it. Unfortunately this version cannot be installed on a Mac running OS X Mountain Lion ... at least, not in the traditional sense.  However, it can be installed using a utility like Pacifist.



    Here are the basic steps to install version 5.6 under Mountain Lion using CharlesSoft's Pacifist:



    1. If you haven't already download the AirPort Utility disk image file directly from Apple Support Download
    2. Place the resultant AirPortUtility56.dmg file onto your Mac's Desktop.
    3. Run Pacifist.
    4. Click on the Open Package option. Find the disk image file that you just placed on your desktop, and then, click on Open.
    5. The utility is located as follows: Contents of AirPortUtility56.dmg > Contents of AirPortUtility56.pkg > Contents of AirPortUtility56Lion.pkg > Applications > Utilities > AirPort Utility 5.6.app
    6. Drag AirPort Utility 5.6.app to your Mac's /Applications/Utilities folder.



    You can now run the AirPort Utility from the Utilities folder.


  • Alberto Ravasio Level 4 (3,902 points)

    Here's another method using Terminal




    Airport Utility 5.6 for Lion


    Open Terminal and issue the following commands in sequence


    cd ~/Downloads
    pkgutil --expand ./AirPortUtility56.pkg ~/Downloads/AirPortUtility56
    gunzip -c < ./AirPortUtility56/AirPortUtility56Lion.pkg/Payload | sudo tar -C / -xvf - "./Applications/Utilities/AirPort Utility 5.6.app"


    credits goes to Tyr