Updating airport express
Will: Strangely, I got an error message that update had failed.
Airport Utility said I was still at 7.6.9 after router restarted. 10 minutes later I re-launched AU and now it reports router is at 7.8.1. –Jim That is something that is frustrating me more and more.
The Apple Air Port Base Station Firmware Update 7.8.1 fixes a lot of important bugs.
The company vaguely notes that the "firmware update 7.8.1 improves the security of your base station and is recommended for all Apple 802.11n Wi-Fi base stations including Air Port Express, Air Port Extreme and Air Port Time Capsule.
Any added security would be nice on this 2009 model but newer units offered more Wi Fi power and speed so likely have some hardware differences which may be needed for newer firmware.
I have a Synology RT2600ac sitting here to replace it when I get around to it.
" All the details on the nature of these fixes are mentioned in the support document on the official website.
Apple says that firmware 7.8 was to add Airplay 2 support which I don’t use so no big deal.I believe though you can still check power/noise levels between your Mac and your AP base station by simply option-clicking on the AP menu bar icon.That will show you current signal strength, channels, mode, bandwidth, etc., but it will also reveal options for wifi logging and further diagnostics.I had an interesting issue with the just-released update to the Air Port firmware: Air Port Utility refused to recognize my base station password when I tried to install the update.
I had no luck with the Mac app, nor with the i OS Air Port Utility.Apple notes that the security update is recommended for all above mentioned base station users to download.