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Feedback on AirPort Base Station Update 2007-002
Reports last Updated: 8/17/2007



This page has Airport Extreme 802.11n base user reports on AirPort Base Station Update 2007-002 for Mac (and Windows) released 8/13/2007. Here's a copy of the apple download page info:

"About AirPort Base Station Update 2007-002 for Mac
The AirPort Base Station Update 2007-002 includes general fixes, compatibility updates, and security improvements for the following applications:
  • AirPort Utility
  • AirPort Disk Utility
  • AirPort Base Station Agent

AirPort Utility v5.2.1 for Mac OS X 10.4.x or later software supports the AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n, AirPort Extreme Base Station and AirPort Express Base Station.

Requirements:
- Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later
- AirPort Utility 5.0 or later
- AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n"

If you find this update improves (or breaks) anything, let me know the details. (-Some- AE 802.11n base owners previously reported problems mounting some drives (like WD mybooks), although not all did.)

Reader Replies: (later reports first)

(added 8/17/2007)
" Installed the update last night using a G4 Mini. I use an old Linksys BEFSX41 router share a DSL connection, and the Mini and Airport Extreme basestation are both plugged into the router. After installing the update, the basestation disconnected itself (and the Airdisk) from the network as expected, since the AEbs needs to re-boot itself for all changes. The problem is that even after a long 10 minutes, the AEbs remained dormant with the amber light blinking on and off, and I could not access it.
I had to unplug the power supply to the AEbs and then plug it back in, and then everything seemed to be fine. I'm not sure what, if anything got updated.
-Ed"

I asked Ed to verify the firmware version of the base (7.1.1 was the last firmware update IIRC). I also asked what purpose the Linksys BEFSX41 served (VPN? or one of its other features needed?) as the Airport base a 3 port Ethernet Hub built-in.


(added 8/16/2007)
"Hi Mike, Before I address the recent software update, I'd like to report earlier experience. I initially had no trouble in getting the "Airdisk" to function as advertised. Then I 'borrowed' the USB hard drive (formatted HFS+) to transfer some files to an older TiBook running System 9.1. Attaching the drive to the TiBook immediately caused System 9.1 to re-build the OS-9 desktop file. After transferring the files and re-connecting to the AirPort Extreme, the drive would no longer function as an 'Airdisk'. I would get a blinking yellow light on the Base Station. Running Disk Utility and DiskWarrior 4 with the disk directly connected to a MacBook, turned up no problems of any kind.
In order to get the disk to function again withe the Base Station Extreme I had to both erase the disk using Disk Utility and power-cycle the Base Station. Then all was back to normal. Base Station Firmware was/is 7.1.1. (FYI - the new 'Gigabit ethernet' Airport 802.11n bases ship with v7.2 firmware.-Mike)

I ran the Airport Base Update 2007-002 on an Intel Mini running 10.4.8. Immediately after the update the Mini could not access the 'Airdisk', although a MacBook could still see it and work with it. After a re-start of the Mini, I could access the 'Airdisk' by browsing for it, but not by using the default network address that now appeared in the Connect to Server dialog box (afp://10.0.x.x/548 whereas before it was afp://10.0.x.x:548). In researching the issue a bit more, it seems that using the address with the slash can cause the 'Airdisk' to go off-line and render the Base Station unable to respond fully to AirPort Utility (AirPort Utility could 'see' the base station but not obtain its configuration). I had to power cycle the Base Station to restore normal operation at one stage.

My overall impression is that the implementation of 'Airdisk' has been and still remains somewhat troublesome. But it is useful.

Before the update I had tried to figure out what machines/systems and addresses could be used with the 'Airdisk'. Apple states that Macs on the network need 10.4 to work with the 'Airdisk'. But I have been able to work with it from a Dual G4 MDD Mac running systems as old as 10.2.6. The TiBook mentioned above can work with it using 10.3.9, but not with 10.2.8. I have not yet been successful with any machine running any version of System 9, although with one network addresses I tried (but didn't record) I did get the promising message "Unable to open server; Incompatible versions of afp." The address that generally works is "afp://10.0.x.x:548" where 10.0.x.x is the IP number assigned to the Base Station.
- Harold"

There's also no "Airport Extreme" card (802.11g or better) support for OS 9.x (boot) machines either (that I have ever found), although I've used 802.11b cards in OS 9.x boot machines on a mixed mode base setting (B/G, etc.) network of course.


(added 8/15/2007)
"After I did the update, my airport extreme disk stopped working!
I brought it back to my mac, it would not mount.
I erased it, now it's working... but I'll not put it back until I hear some better results!
Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Maxtor 300GB disk.

(Just for the record what case brand/model (bridge) was the drive installed in - a Maxtor case? One of their "One-Touch" models?)
yes it is... but I never installed the onetouch software.
-Jake "


(added 8/15/2007)
"The update seems to have fixed an issue where my Airdisk could not remain connected while using my Cisco VPN client to my office. The VPN client would report an error until the Airdisk was unmounted. Seems fine now.
-Wayne C. "


(added 8/14/2007)
"Yesterday I installed the AirPort Base Station Update 2007-002 on OS X 10.4.10. With the previous software I had problems with connection with the Airdisk. (FAT32 formatted HD) It seems that this update solved that problem for me.

With the former software when trying to connect to my USB disk connection to my ABS would result in a restart of my ABS. One thing I noticed in this release is that the Airport Disk Utility waits a few seconds longer when automatically recognizing the connected disk.

I have a Hitachi 250GB Fat32 formated drive connected to the ABS. The housing I use is from Vantec called NexStar 3 (USB 2.0 + Firewire). The Airport Disk Utility says that an Initio 5DLAT80 2.23 is connected.
Hope this will help some people.
-Hendricus "

If you find this update improves (or breaks) anything, let me know the details.





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