Apple releases AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n Firmware 7.1

Apple StoreApple has released AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n Firmware 7.1.

This update includes general fixes, compatibility updates, and security improvements for the AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n.

This update requires AirPort Utility 5.1. If you have AirPort Utility 5.0 installed, you can update to AirPort Utility 5.1 by installing AirPort Base Station Update 2007-001:

AirPort Base Station Update 2007-001 for Mac

AirPort Base Station Update 2007-001 for Windows

More info and download link (4.6MB) for AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n Firmware 7.1  here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Rex” for the heads up.]

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Computerworld: Apple Airport Extreme’s wireless storage feature works flawlessly – March 23, 2007
Apple’s Airport Extreme sets Wi-Fi on fire for Macs and PCs – March 03, 2007
Apple’s AirPort Extreme vs. Microsoft’s Windows Home Server – February 23, 2007
Hands-on with Apple’s superspeedy 802.11n AirPort Extreme Base Station – February 19, 2007
Apple’s new AirPort Extreme offers increased speed and range – February 18, 2007
High-quality Apple AirPort Extreme 802.11n unboxing photos – February 04, 2007
Apple ships new Airport Extreme Base Stations two weeks early – February 01, 2007
Apple AirPort Utility 1.0 screenshots, 802.11n AirPort Extreme Base Station manuals – January 26, 2007
Apple releases AirPort Extreme Update 2007-001 – January 26, 2007
Apple’s new AirPort Extreme ‘AirPort Disk’ feature: cheap, simple network storage for home networks – January 15, 2007
Apple’s new AirPort Extreme supports 802.11n, enables wireless streaming of HD media – January 10, 2007
Apple introduces new AirPort Extreme with 802.11n – January 09, 2007


  1. YAY!! im glad they did this update it was the only thing that was a pain in the ass to install for my dad. had to call tech support to get it working — hope this is no longer the case. i loved the performance when it was up and running though. much faster than his older “top-of-the-line linksys” even though i wasnt expecting and upgrade in speed. …now i just have to go install the update ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”raspberry” style=”border:0;” />

  2. @ polgas

    It is far from the best wireless router ever. No PoE, no VPN support (the pass through doesn’t even work). This router pure crap, with much needed features stripped from it. At least the previous extreme had PoE. The only “cool” thing about it is the USB network drive, but I’ve got enough shares setup on the LAN that I don’t even need it. I’ll wait for version 3 of thing (wheres the VPN?)

  3. @Uhh

    It is far from the best wireless router ever. No PoE, no VPN support (the pass through doesn’t even work).

    What are you a Windows Troll??? Everything Apple makes is the absolute best!! WOOO HOOO. We’re Apple Fanboys. Everyone else’s equipment is “Junky”.. And we pay twice as much because we’re buying the BMW….

    WOOOO HOOOOO Apple!!

  4. @uhh

    I use a VPN client to connect to my office with this router all the time. Perhaps there is something different about my topology than yours; my APE 802.11n is merely a bridge to my Linksys LAN which in turn is connected to my DSL modem. I use a non-OS X-based VPN client on my MacBook Pro over the 802.11n network. Seems to work fine for me.

  5. Purchased the AirportExtreme base station at my local Apple store. Paid $179.00.
    Asked the sales clerk if the AEBS was an access point or a router… he hesitated and said router. OK- fine. Of course– it’s both- second time I got a wrong answer from an Apple store employee- and I only asked 2 questions. 0 for 2.

    Nice packaging. I even took pictures. What? – no web interface for configuration. I’ve set up many routers / access points- NEVER had to use the CD that came with the router- of course Apple “Thinks different”. OK- what’s the big deal- I’ll use the CD. The installation went fine- except one little problem- After the installation, I started the Airport Admin Utility and was “told” I had to download a compatible version???? Shouldn’t a compatible version be on the CD. Well it was- It’s called just Airport Utility- the install program didn’t remove the older Airport Admin Utility- apparently- thats for the older Airport hardware- which I don’t and never owned; Must have always been in my utilities folder but never noticed. This isn’t like Apple- christ.

    When using the Airport UTILITY things went fine- there’s some confusion with NAT, port mapping but I got through it ok. What’s with the “default host” crap- Call it what it is- it’s a DMZ and no I don’t and won’t do DMZ- Now the issues: I already mentioned the non existence of a web interface – still pissed about that. I can’t change the IP of the base station- I can change the subnet OK but I want the base station to be .254 NOT .1- I’ve googled this- but still don’t have an answer. Everytime I reboot my iMac- I have to manually attach to the base station- yes- it’s in my preferences- and yes- autoconnect is enabled- NO go. I also reset my keychain- still no go. Same thing with my macbook- never this problem with other wireless APs / routers. Why is it that every time I make a minor change to the AE- it has to reboot- If I add a port mapping it wants to reboot- if I change the password- reboot -; doesn’t matter. Well- it DOES matter and it’s unacceptable. And how am I going to configure this thing remotely / off site?
    “One More Thing”- no MAC spoofing. This is a big deal- I’m not about to call my cable company because I changed my router and I’m not having my clients do it either. I often experiment and test routers, firewalls, etc- MAC spoofing saves me a lot of trouble / time.

    This “thing” isn’t ready for Primetime. Oh- did I mention the disconnects and the long pauses- look Ma- no signal. It’s obvious this ‘thing’ — again with the thing; was rushed to market. Maybe- Just maybe it’s the reason why Apple didn’t want to spend the design time to incorporate an integrated power supply like they did with the AppleTV.
    It’s going back where I found it. This is the first and hopefully the last Apple product I will have to return. I can’t believe Steve signed off on this “thing”.

  6. This “thing” isn’t ready for Primetime. Oh- did I mention the disconnects and the long pauses- look Ma- no signal.

    Oh yes it is, it’s an Apple. This isn’t some Junky Cisco (as you know, everyone except Apple just makes low quality junk).. Woooo Hoooo. You’re just a Windows Troll… I (like all the other Apple Fanboys here) would gladly pay $500 for this thing if Steve said that is what it cost…


  7. Fixes a serious security issue

    Like I said before, don’t do anything “wireless” period.

    Don’t install applications that demand a administative password.

    Only download and open files from trusted sources.

    (been cleaning dozens of Mac’s of exploited Quicktime files lately)

    Mac’s don’t get malware? Baloney!

    NOTE: The update does not completely fix the vulnerability as it is still possible to trick users into opening malicious shell scripts (masqueraded as a safe file type) in ZIP archives. Do not open files in untrusted archives.

  8. I haven’t had any problems with the Airport Extreme but I was wondering if anyone knows if this updates allows Airport to recognize Xbox360 with it’s Wireless Adapter? I had found a workaround but I had to disable “n speeds”; which is the whole reason I bought the Airport Extreme in the first place for the new speeds for my Apple TV. Any advice?

    BTW I’ve been addicted to this site for about a year and a half now

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