5/26/2016 Apple Airport Base/Time Capsule Firmware Updates (802.11ac/802.11N models) - xlr8yourmac.com
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802.11ac Time Capsule/AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.7:
(Info from https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1708)
"About AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.7 Information
Firmware update 7.7.7 is recommended for all AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac. This update improves the stability and performance of your base station.

This update:

  • Fixes issue which may prevent communication between clients on the same network
  • Improves performance with an extended guest network
  • Addresses potential naming conflicts with Bonjour Sleep Proxy

    For detailed information on AirPort base station firmware updates, including instructions how to install the update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1218"

  • Saw a reply (from an owner of two 802.11ac and one 802.11n model) in the Apple Airport forum thread on slow guest network speeds saying the update helped. (0.5Mbps/3.5Mbps before to 50Mbps after with his setup.)

    FYI: Apple later posted a doc About the security content of AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.7 and 7.7.7 that lists a patch related to DNS data parsing.
      

    802.11N AirPort Base Stations/Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.6.7:
    For AirPort Extreme, AirPort Time Capsule, and AirPort Express base stations with 802.11n.
    (Info from https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1880. Change list same as AC base update.)
    "About AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.7
    Firmware update 7.6.7 is recommended for all Apple 802.11n Wi-Fi base stations including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule. This update improves the stability and performance of your base station.

    This update:

  • Fixes issue which may prevent communication between clients on the same network
  • Improves performance with an extended guest network
  • Addresses potential naming conflicts with Bonjour Sleep Proxy

    For detailed information on AirPort base station firmware updates, including instructions how to install the update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1218"

  • (See above for link to later posted doc on security fix in this update.)

    Some forum threads/posts on this update:

    • One post on Problems with VoIP after 7.6.7 fw update

    • One user said upgraded Airport Extreme disappeared from Airport utility
    • Another user said he updated his Airport Extreme, and "instantly my Airport express fell off of AirPort Utility, saying it is no longer compatible". (Didn't note Airport Express model, but if 802.11n the fw update applies to it also. But maybe he has an older Airport Express 802.11G model.)

    • Post in thread on Airport Express Airplay music droputs mentioned reverting back to 7.6.4 for his setup (3rd gen TC + 1st Gen 802.11N Express, w/Express optical going to a Denon receiver - with 7.6.7 firmware in both Express and TC, audio dropouts every few minutes.)

    For later feedback, check the Apple Airport forum.
      

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