A few people are reporting problems with these updates, although it’s hard to know how widespread they are.There’s probably no harm in passing on these updates if you’re not experiencing any problems with your network now.Even though Apple has stopped development on its Air Port wireless routers, with no new Air Port products planned for the future, the company is still continuing to provide bug fixes and updates.
This includes the Air Port Express, Air Port Extreme, and Air Port Time Capsule.
Firmware 7.7.8 is available for 802.11ac base stations, while 7.6.8 is available for 802.11n base stations.
"The hard drive i Pod people were gone for a long time, when we issued the last update for the i Pod classic firmware," we were told by our contacts within Apple.
"Just because the hardware guys have moved on to other things, doesn't mean we won't support the software." Near the end of November, reports started circulating —backed by sources —suggesting that Apple may be ending the Air Port family hardware.
Apple on Tuesday released new firmware updates for its Wi-Fi-based Airport routers, including the Airport Extreme, Airport Express, and Air Port Time Capsule.
The 7.7.8 update applies to 802.11ac base stations, while the 7.6.8 update is available for 802.11n base stations.On Tuesday, Apple released versions 7.6.8 for the 802.11n Air Port Extreme, and 7.7.8 for the 802.11ac Air Port Extreme.According to Apple's release notes, the update fixes an issue where the routers would not respond to the Air Port Utility when "Back to My Mac" is enabled. Air Port software updates are installed through the Air Port Utility.If you do decide to update, make sure it’s when some downtime wouldn’t be catastrophic.Following a firmware update for its Mac Book Pro yesterday, Apple has issued a new firmware update for its Air Port Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule devices, which fixes a number of issues, including a problem with audio streaming through Air Play.I may be missing something painfully obvious, but how do I upgrade the firmware on an Airport Express?