Apple releases AirPort Utility 5.3.2 for Mac and Windows

Apple today released AirPort Utility 5.3.2 for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, and AirPort Utility Setup 5.3.2 for Windows.

AirPort Utility 5.3.2 offers “wireless networking that works with most Wi-Fi enabled devices, including Mac, PC, iPhone, iPod touch, and more.”

AirPort Utility 5.3.2 is available via Software Update and also as standalone installers.

More info here.

24 Comments

  1. “AirPort Utility 5.3.2 offers wireless networking that works with most Wi-Fi enabled devices, including Mac, PC, iPhone, iPod touch, and more.”

    So is it Airport that creates a wireless network, or the Airport utility…..

    Can we have a typo check please?

  2. I really hope that Apple improves the code on the AirPort Extreme Router. if you look at what it does, it is still really crude. It is the ‘Vista’ of Apple Products. First, There is no QoS and all traffic is considered Best Effort. For those who feel that isn’t important, try to place a SIP VoIP call (i.e. Vonage or Comcast Digital Voice), now start a large file transfer, or pretty much anything Bit Torrent, and the voice quality goes from PESQ 4.0 (Toll Quality) to 1.5 (Crap). If the Airport Extreme was a modern router, we could setup QoS and Voice Traffic would get priority (Or what else the user wishes). I am not expecting it to be a Cisco, but it is clear that AirPort Extreme is substandard for Triple Play. Also, the DHCP lease acquisition times is one of the worse in the industry. I would rater not use LinkSucks or Dumb-Link, but at least they have modern capabilities. I thought Apple was supposed to be the BMW of what ever they do. Well, here, they fail.

  3. @StocktonMac,

    Apparently you have forgotten that Apple’s mission is not to be a BMW, but rather to have technology that is unencumbered by 1,300 controls and preferences just to make the darn thing work (think Windoze).

    Sounds to me that you have a special need and the other 99.995% of AirPort users couldn’t care less. Further, they don’t want the added complexity of supporting your needs. If there’s a product out there that does what you need, by all means buy it.

    Life is full of trade-offs, this is just one of them.

  4. @StocktonMac

    Vonage = SIP “Like”
    Current Comcast Digital Voice = MGCP (for now)

    The two are VERY different. For MGCP Digital Voice, the Cable-Modem/eMTA and Cable Company Headend equipment handle QoS. MGCP is given priority over regular data traffic, while all other data (including any SIP) is Best effort.

    Also, for current MGCP VoIP, LAN QoS should be pretty much a non-issue, as there are no MGCP VoIP connections outside of the eMTA device. The eMTA only delivers analog RJ11 jacks to provide telephony service, which mimics twisted-pair analog service via the eMTA, and terminates at the eMTA. Plugging in a router (like Airport) into the Data Ethernet port of the eMTA has no bearing on any LAN QoS at all in that case. If voice quality is diminished, it is due to bandwidth capacity between the eMTA and the Headend (or after), and has nothing to do with LAN QoS.

    The case for SIP is indeed different, and as you mention above. I’m certain that as we begin to see convergence of Voice and Data into DATA connections on the LAN side, we’ll begin to see the HW to support it.

  5. JustAJoe, you’re obviously a smart guy, but you illustrate a point about the complexity of the communication/networking/wireless protocol world. For cripes sake, there’s only about 3 recognizable English words in your entire post.

    I’m not exactly a newbie here, with an Airport Extreme and two Airport Expresses feeding wireless signals to 5 computers and one AppleTV, but if I have a problem with my network, it is so difficult to troubleshoot the problem. It’s all complicated acronyms and settings with no explanations.

    My internet connection has been dropping out intermittently on all my Macs for the last month or two. There are numerous posts in the Apple Discussion Forums about problems with Airport/Airport Express after updating to Leopard 10.5.3. But I have had occasional troubles with my DSL modem and/or DSL signal in the past, so I can’t figure out what’s causing my internet to drop out intermittently.

    If you ask me, the complexity of wireless/networking protocol is the achilles heel of the entire computing industry. It creates headaches for the average or slightly above average user like myself, and must create complete havoc for the inexperienced user.

    MW: “Such” is life I guess.

  6. @solid

    My ISP monitors connections, so they have been able to verify dropouts in their service to me. My house is well over a mile from the nearest switch, so they can’t deliver reliable 24 Mbit/sec ADSL over the phone line. When they try to deliver 24 I get 9 or 10 max, and when they try to deliver 8 I get 6 or 7. When we back down to 8 Mbit the dropouts disappear. In our case the greater reliability of the slower connection makes it much less frustrating.

  7. Well, none the less, Start a VoIP session, transfer a file and you notice the quality get real bad on the Airport. Simply put, Apple should at least allow the user to shape traffic by source port. My Gosh, my $39 Linksucks can do that. VoIP and Video is very important now, and apple needs to pony up….

  8. Problem with Airport is that if a PQOS backbit second-level packet burn occurs at the same time as the incoming PL-digit voicefeed, then there is NO WAY that you can still download simple files over a VPN, even with an XML translator linked to the auto-fade cross-over link on the ‘out’ section.

    I was a bit surprised that Apple didnt do anything about this until I realised that I was the only person in the Universe who knew what the fuck I was talking about.

    So I went to pub and had a beer.

  9. To Solid.

    I to have had similar problems in the past with my Airports and DSL modem.

    I put a 5 port switch in between my first Airport and DSL modem. That way I could tell if it was my modem going link dead on me or if it was the Airport playing up.

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