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New firmware for AirPort, Time Capsule fixes security

updated 09:15 am EST, Fri March 6, 2009

AirPort, Time Cap. 7.4.1

Apple has released a combined update for AirPort base stations and the Time Capsule, bringing all of the devices' firmware up to v7.4.1. Though mainly intended for new dual-band models, the firmware can also be applied to older hardware; in the latter case it enables remote administration, and remote access to attached USB drives through Back to My Mac, though not for an AirPort Express. Creating Time Machine backups on a Time Capsule has also been made more reliable.

For the latest Capsule and AirPort Extreme, the firmware is said to resolve uncovered technical issues. Back to My Mac disk sharing should now be more reliable, and clients should no longer be disconnected when waking from sleep. Further dealt with is a problem in which redirecting SMTP port services would disable IP-layer networking. Both applications of the firmware bundle all recent security updates.

by MacNN Staff



  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    To clarify

    This is for all 802.11N Airports. Not all past Airports. It won't provide Back to my Mac remote access on old circular Airport Extremes for example.

  1. thraxisp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wait for 7.4.2

    Unfortunately, I applied the update, and now I can't control the base station. Opening it gives an error "failed to retrieve configuration", although the router does work properly.

  1. ocfra

    Joined: Dec 1969


    v7.4.1 works fine for me.

    No trouble updating and configuring...

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