old airport mavs

Mavericks and the ancient AirPort base station

A reader who wishes to remain anonymous has a simple question about Mavericks and an older version of Apple’s AirPort Utility. That question reads:

Now that the older AirPort Utility doesn't work in Mavericks, how do people administer their older AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express base stations?

I answered a question similar to this in regard to old base stations and Mountain Lion and that technique still works—provided you’re running Mountain Lion. With Mavericks, nuh uh.

One solution is to install Mountain Lion on another volume, boot from it, and then use the technique I just linked to. But yes, that’s kind of a pain. Fortunately there is another way.

That way is to visit Corey J. Mahler’s website and download an enhanced copy of the AirPort Utility 5.6.1, which, when patched with the included AppleScript app, does work with older base stations. Be sure to read the entire page so you understand how to install and use it.

As Corey tells us, this AppleScript simply patches AirPort Utility so that it can work with the newest version of the Mac OS. If you’d like just the AppleScript you can download it here and then apply it to the version of AirPort Utility 5.6.1. that you download directly from Apple.

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