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Apple AirPort Base Station Firmware Updates 7.7.8, 7.6.8 Released

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Apple has just released new new firmware updates for AirPort Base Stations, versions 7.7.8 and 7.6.8. The updates address an issue where base stations would not appear when Back to My Mac was enabled:

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About AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.8

Firmware update 7.7.8 is recommended for all AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac. This update addresses an issue that may prevent AirPort base stations from appearing in AirPort Utility when Back to My Mac is enabled.

About AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.8

Firmware update 7.6.8 is recommended for all Apple 802.11n Wi-Fi base stations including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule. This update addresses an issue that may prevent users from accessing their AirPort base station using Back to My Mac.

You can get these updates by launching AirPort Utility on your Mac, then going to updates, or launching the AirPort Utility iOS app and installing updates remotely.

Last month, Bloomberg reported Apple is said to be discontinuing its wireless router development, as no new updates have been released for the company’s line of AirPort products.

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  • Jeremy Doran

    Hmm… How to update my AirPort Base Station to deal with it not appearing in my AirPort Utility when it doesn’t appear in my AirPort Utility?

  • Daniel Bley

    You use a iOS device.

  • Kev

    I have a Time Capsule that always showed up until recently. I’m able to see it briefly if I unplug my Time Capsule and then power back on. A few minutes later it disappears again so I think within this timeframe you can use Airport utility to update.

  • Lakh Jhajj

    Gary do you use Airport Extreme or Time Capsule ?Will u suggest buying one or the spec is too old for todays use. I know Apple discontinued these but wanted to use as a time machine backup to MacBook !!

  • Jeagerjaques Doo (???)

    I am sure apple has an excellent router! My time capsule is the best router I have !

  • erth

    Gary, when my time capsule goes south, which it will eventually, what do you suggest for automatic backups for all my apple devices? iMac, Macbook pro…. Time machine is an awesome function of MacOS. i would hope there is a replacement now that time capsules are not sold any longer.

  • Sadly, I don’t think there’s any easy network backup replacement. The only standard solution I can think of is a Mac with macOS Server running the Time Machine Server component.

    The good news is that if you have something like an iMac that’s on all the time and you have an external drive, you can set up macOS Server on that machine and run only the Time Machine Server component. It’s pretty invisible in the background and shouldn’t prevent you from using your Mac normally otherwise.

    Beyond that, I’m just hoping that maybe Apple partners with another manufacturer, or opens up the protocols they’re using for Time Machine backups so that others can create routers that play nicely with it.

  • thomaus

    This is what we switched to. MacOS Server runs the (4) backups on a 2012 Mini that also holds an iTunes library, iPhoto library, Plex server and Kodi. Hooked up to TV and a surround amp. An old Airport Express in another room extends the music part (and it also got the update last night). Server is a bargain as something like $27, and I’m only using it for backups and some drive sharing. The backups are way more reliable than the old Airport Extreme that this replaced. Never tried a Time Capsule.

  • Yeah, reliability is definitely way better there. I also have a WD My Cloud that technically supports Time Machine, but it’s been a mess by comparison — pretty much every three days at least one of my Macs would report that there was a problem with the backup on the My Cloud and want to create an entirely new one, kind of defeating the purpose of using Time Machine in the first place.

  • I have stopped using Time Machine and switched to CrashPlan years ago. Most of my most important files are photos (baby pics!), which are backed up to iCloud and Google Photos. Any apps on my Mac, I can just redownload from the Mac App Store.

  • erth

    Thanks Gary. i will review.

  • I use both to be honest. In my case it’s BackBlaze, as opposed to CrashPlan, but I’d rather keep local backups as well than rely solely on the cloud. I also use iCloud Photo Library and sync Documents and Desktop to iCloud Drive on macOS Sierra.

    IMHO, you can never have too many backups 🙂

  • I agree local backups are good too, but in my case I never really needed them, the cloud seems to have worked fine for now…*knocksonwood*. Dropbox is also good for storing documents in the cloud.

  • Daniel Bley

    You can use virtually any external hard drive (local or NAS) as a time capsule backup disk. It doesn’t have to be Apple branded.

  • To be more specific, any external hard drive works natively, however a NAS has to specifically support Time Machine. That said, most of the big-name providers do on at least some of their models — just be sure if you’re buying one that it specifically lists Time Machine support as a generic NAS without specific Time Machine support won’t work without a whole lot of hacking around.

    As I mentioned elsewhere, I’ve also found NAS-based Time Machine backups to be hit and miss. My WD My Cloud regularly wants to redo the entire backup, with Time Machine claiming it’s “found a problem” and I’ve heard similar complaints from folks with lower-end Synology NAS devices.

  • Daniel Bley

    Yes, you’re right about NAS… I completely forgot about that.

    About your experience with WD, that’s weird. I’ve been using a My Cloud for about 2 years as media center and remote backup disk for my mac and I’ve never had any problems. Either for backing up or restoring.

    Anyway, I’ll keep my eyes open.

  • Yeah, it works great for everything else I put on it, but every Mac I have complains every few days about wanting to start a whole new backup. I’ve only got the basic model, however — not even the My Cloud Mirror, much less the higher end units.

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