If you happen to own an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, or an Apple TV, then you will be used to receiving semi-regular firmware updates to keep that device up to date. However, if you own one of Apple’s Wi-Fi base stations, which of course, don’t have as many outward-facing features and functionality sets to interact with, then the updates simply aren’t as frequent. If you do happen to own an AirPort Express, AirPort Time Capsule, or an AirPort Extreme, then Apple has a treat for you in the form of the latest 7.6.7 and 7.7.7 firmware updates for those product ranges.
The Cupertino-based company has today released a firmware update that extends to all of its 802.11n Wi-Fi base stations. That includes compatibility with the AirPort Express, older AirPort Extreme models, and legacy versions of the AirPort Time Capsule which conform to the 802.11n Wi-Fi standards.
Rather than introducing any significant changes or groundbreaking improvements, firmware version 7.6.7 is designed to improve the overall stability and performance of compatible products.
The changelog as outlined by Apple, is as follows:
-Fixes an issue which may prevent communication between clients on the same network.
-Improves performance with extended guest network.
-Addresses potential naming conflicts with Bonjour Sleep Proxy.
In addition to that release, Apple has also taken the opportunity to release firmware version 7.7.7 intended for all AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac. This update is intended to improve the overall stability and performance of the base station, and comes accompanied by the exact same release notes as firmware version 7.6.7 above.
As with most of its major platforms, such as iOS and OS X, Apple always recommends installing the latest firmware updates to improve performance and functionality, and of course, to receive the best experience possible from that hardware. Anyone with one of these compatible products should get a notification alerting them to the availability of the 7.6.7 and 7.7.7 firmware updates thanks to the AirPort Utility app that checks for available updates. Products owners with an available update are able to instantly download and install that update through the AirPort Utility app on iOS or OS X.
More information can be found at support.apple.com/en-us/HT201519.
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