How to Upgrade Apple Router Firmware –

By | November 27, 2017

Got WiFi router serving you for years and accumulating dust over it, year on year?If answer is yes, then probability of you doing firmware upgrade for same in years will be very bleak. Continue reading if you are among millions
other who have never done firmware upgrade, if you belong to other category, then congratulations for taking this extremely important step.


What actually is Router’s Firmware?

Each digital device needs Operating system to run all its programs and commands, Router’s Firmware is basically that operating system. Each router firmware is specifically designed to run on your specific make and model, unless its running on some open source firmware such as DD-WRT.

Who can provide Firmware upgrades?

Usually, your router manufacturer will provide firmware updates for your specific make and model of router, via their website, or via a tool/section within the administrative console of your router (typically accessible via a web browser). Upgrades must be approved by your ISP for compatibility with its systems. For the average home user, upgrades to your router’s firmware are generally not necessary. If you are experiencing a problem with your router or if an upgrade introduces a feature you want installed in your router, you can request an upgrade. If an upgrade approved by your ISP is available, it will be offered to you through your router’s user interface.

How to connect to router support?

Send an email to router support. Request a software upgrade and provide your router’s serial number. A confirmation email response from router support notifies you whether there is an available upgrade and makes the upgrade available to your router. You can connect to apple support at Apple Support

How to upgrade Apple router firmware (,

Setting Up AirPort Express

Use AirPort Utility on your computer or Wi-Fi settings on an iOS device to do one of the following:

  • Set up your AirPort Express to create a new network that wireless computers and devices can use to connect to the Internet.
  • Set up your AirPort Express to join an existing network. If the network is connected to the Internet, all the computers and wireless devices on the AirPort network can use the Internet connection. If the network is set up to be extended, AirPort Express can extend the range of that network.

You can do all of your basic network setup and configuration with the setup assistant in AirPort Utility on a Mac or Windows computer, or with Wi-Fi settings on an iOS device.

System Requirements

To set up AirPort Express using a Mac, you need:

  • A Mac computer with an AirPort card installed (to set it up wirelessly), or a Mac computer connected to your AirPort Express with an Ethernet cable (to set it up using Ethernet)
  • Mac OS X v10.5.7 or later
  • AirPort Utility v5.6.1 or later

Use Software Update to get the latest version of AirPort Utility.

To set up AirPort Express using a Windows PC, you need:

  • A Windows computer with a 300 MHz or higher processor and Wi-Fi certified wireless capability (to set it up wirelessly), or a Windows computer connected to the AirPort Express with an Ethernet cable (to set it up using Ethernet)
  • Windows 7 (SP1)
  • AirPort Utility for Windows v5.6.1 or later

To set up AirPort Express using an iOS device, you need:

  • An iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with iOS 5 or later

You need iTunes v10.4 or later in order to play audio from your computer to a stereo connected to AirPort Express.
You can use AirPort Express with any wireless device that’s Wi-Fi certified.
If you’re using AirPort Express to connect to the Internet, you need a broadband (DSL or cable modem) account with an Internet service provider, or a connection to the Internet using an existing Ethernet network. If you received information from your service provider, such as a static IP address or a PPPoE user name and password, you may need to enter it. Have this information available before you set up your AirPort Express.

Setting up AirPort Express Basic Options

To set up AirPort Express using a computer:

  1. Open AirPort Utility. It’s located in /Applications/Utilities/ on a Mac, and in All Programs on a Windows computer.
  2. Select your AirPort Express and click Continue.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions for creating a new network or joining an existing one.

If you’re using Mac OS X, you can use the Wi-Fi status menu in the menu bar to choose your AirPort Express. When you choose it, AirPort Utility opens to set up your AirPort Express.

To set up AirPort Express using an iOS device:

  1. Tap Settings on the Home screen, and then tap Wi-Fi.
  2. Tap the name of your AirPort Express.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions for creating a new network or joining an existing one.

Wi-Fi settings can only be used to set up an unconfigured AirPort Express.

Setting Advanced Options

To set advanced options, use AirPort Utility on your computer or download AirPort Utility from the App Store. You can configure advanced settings, such as selecting wireless channels, closed networks, access control, user accounts, security options, and more.

To set advanced options or make changes to a network you’ve already set up:

1.     Choose the wireless network you want to change.
·       On a Mac, use the Wi-Fi status menu in the menu bar.
·       On a Windows computer, hold the pointer over the wireless connection icon until you see your AirPort network name (SSID), and then choose it from the list if there are multiple networks available.
·       On an iOS device, choose the network in Wi-Fi Settings.
If you haven’t set up your AirPort Express, the default network name for an Apple base station is AirPortNetwork xxxxxx, where xxxxxx is the last six digits of the AirPort ID.

2.     Open AirPort Utility.
3.     If there’s more than one base station in the list, select the one you want. If you don’t see it, click Rescan.
4.     If you’re prompted for a password, enter it.
5.     Adjust the settings you want to adjust for your Airport Express or the network.


For more about wireless networking and the advanced features of AirPort Utility, see Apple AirPort Networks at


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