Apple Releases AirPort Base Station and Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.6

Thursday November 10, 2011 5:28 PM PST by Jordan Golson

Apple has released AirPort Base Station and Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.6. The update is recommended for all 802.11n Airport Express, 802.11n AirPort Extreme, and all Time Capsule models.
This update for all 802.11n AirPort Express, 802.11n AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule models provides fixes for the following:

- An issue with performance on overlapping wireless networks
- An issue with AirPlay audio streaming
- An issue with configuring multiple entries for DNS servers
For detailed information on Firmware Updates 7.6, including how to install the update, please visit:

All about Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Express base station firmware updates

It is recommended that AirPort Utility 5.5.3 or later be installed before updating to Firmware version 7.6.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit:

Related roundup: AirPort

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40 months ago
Cool, just downloaded this through the AirPort utility app on iPad. I'm loving this PC-free stuff.
Rating: 9 Votes
40 months ago
I just updated mine from my iPhone while sitting on the can. Just thought everyone might want to know it updates just fine from the commode.
Rating: 7 Votes
40 months ago
Regardless of my android phone, I am so freakin impressed with Apple it sickens me sometimes. I just updated the airport utility from downstairs, via back to my mac remotely. It disconnected during update, then reconnected by itself. Never had to leave my chair. I'd like to see that on Windows. (sarcasm)
Apple freakin rocks.
Rating: 6 Votes
40 months ago

Please if you are going to use a phrase, understand it's use and meaning.

Ahem. "Its."
Rating: 4 Votes
40 months ago

Cool, just downloaded this through the AirPort utility app on iPad. I'm loving this PC-free stuff.

D'oh! Which I had tried this. First World problem....
Rating: 2 Votes
40 months ago

I know it doesn't say so in the release notes, but I hope this update reinstates the old MobileMe connectivity via iCloud.


Just installed the update, MobileMe functionality remains the same and has not been updated for iCloud.

Here's the Apple Support thread:

I hate having to type in an IP address every time I want to manage an offsite airport device. It was so much easier with the MM functionality. Come on Apple this can't any more difficult then BTMM!
Rating: 1 Votes
40 months ago

There's a ton of threads at the apple communities about it. Speeds falls to like .20 Mbps on just the 4s it's fine on iPad 2 and Mac book. Resetting the tc fixes it for a few days. Latest gen tc as well

Very odd. I don't deny it happens, but it's certainly not happening to me, and my 4S lives on WiFi in my house.
Rating: 1 Votes
40 months ago
What a coincidence... I was debugging my Airport Extreme (3rd gen) two days ago because I found the WiFi speeds were too slow and were fluctuating too much. While my internet connection is 40Mbit down (and 4Mbit up), my WiFi speeds did not go above about 26Mbit and the internet connection seemed gittery and unstable. I have been trying different settings to debug the connection issues (wireless g+n, wide channels, interference robustness, manuals channels to not conflict with my neighbours, etcetera) but it didn't get any better than 26Mbit and depending on configuration it even got as worse as 9Mbit (see below). However, when I connected my MacBook Pro over ethernet I got 40Mbit so the limiting factor clearly appeared to be the Airport Extreme and not the internet connection itself.

However, after installing today's Airport Extreme update, the WiFi speeds are again as expected: 40Mbit/s! So it seems that I was not crazy, but the Airport Extreme firmware was buggy :D

Recommended install!

To show you a comparison how my WiFi / internet speeds were before and after the firmware update:

Before the Firmware update

After the Firmware update

ps. I tested the connection using ( and (, and the speedtest page of my cable provider ( (which is more reliable as it is on the same network and if not affected by high traffic demands at the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (
Rating: 1 Votes
40 months ago

What about the old snow dome Airport, that randomly stops working... compatible/help that?

Rating: 1 Votes
40 months ago

Hmm... My Extreme does not see that there is an update... it's running 7.5.2. It's an AirPort Extreme 802.11n (3rd Generation) and no matter what I do it refuses to find the update.. I've tried from my desktop, from my iPad and iPhone.

anyone else seeing this or know how to get it to find the updates?

Software Update does not indicate that I need this update for my Apple Extreme Base Station, either. I wonder if that is correct or if something is not mentioned about what really is being updated.
Rating: 1 Votes

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