Apple updates Airport Utility for OS X Lion, makes it look just like iPhone, iPad version

Apple updates Airport Utility for OS X Lion, makes it look just like iPhone, iPad version

Apple has updated the Airport Utility for Mac OS X Lion to version 6.0, and once again went back to the Mac by making it look just like the iPhone and iPad version released earlier this year. Used to manage everything from the Airport Express and Airport Extreme Wi-Fi base station routers, to the Time Capsule router + hard drive Time Machine backup companion, here's what Apple has to say about Airport Utility 6.0 for OS X Lion.

Use AirPort Utility to set up and manage your Wi-Fi network and AirPort base stations, including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule. See a graphical overview of your Wi-Fi network and devices. Change base station and network settings, or manage advanced features such as security modes, wireless channels, and more.

iOS for iPad and iPhone has taken huge strides in making all kinds of computing tasks easier and more accessible to mainstream users, and the Airport app for iPhone and iPad is no exception. OS X Lion, however, hasn't always successfully transitioned that accessibility to the older Mac platform, with some re-interpretations working magnificently and others feeling like they need a few more revisions worth of polish (or even a solid Snow Leopard-ing)

The Airport Utility for OS X Lion, however, looks solid and should make something as potentially intimidating as managing and Airport Extreme or Time Capsule

Source: Apple.com via MacStories

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Apple updates Airport Utility for OS X Lion, makes it look just like iPhone, iPad version

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Does not support pre-802.11N airport devices. Need to download Airport Utility 5.6 from apple to maintain network devices.

We'll see if it helps. The graphical display of the wi-fi system is nice. But we're hoping that the firmware fix will keep Airport Expresses and Time Capsules from bogging down after lots of Apple TV video, Time Machine backups, etc. Seems fine so far...

Come on Apple, give me an Apple TV (not iTV) with iCloud, Siri, new services and an ac networking Time Capsule that's all managed with my iPad already. I'm ready. Let's do it.

Version 6.0 will NOT allow me to make the changes I need to make, I have to borrow's someone's older Mac with version 5.6 to make the access restriction changes! :( This upgrade smells like something Windows would do. :(

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