Updating time capsule

Apple has released firmware updates for Air Port Extreme and Air Port Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac Wi-Fi (the tower-like models receive Firmware Update 7.7.7), as well as older Air Port Express, Air Port Extreme, and Air Port Time Capsule models with 802.11n Wi-Fi (Firmware Update 7.6.7).

"I was trying to buy an Air Port Extreme today from the Beverly Hills Apple Store and an employee told me that Apple had asked for all of them back from all the stores," wrote one anonymous tipster. The base stations remain available to order online, while it appears the smaller Air Port Express can still be purchased both online and in stores at present time. Even though Apple has pulled all Air Port Extreme and Time Capsule stock from U. stores, it is possible that select locations may still some units available.

To verify the tipster's claim, we contacted an Apple support representative who confirmed that Apple has pulled Air Port Extreme and Air Port Time Capsule stock from all U. Apple's web-based Personal Pickup tool has also been removed from the Air Port Extreme and Time Capsule product pages on its U. The base stations also remain on sale through authorized resellers such as Best Buy.

A retail source informed us that the Air Port Extreme and Air Port Time Capsule remain in stock at stores in the U. With WWDC 2016 around the corner, scarce availability of the Air Port Extreme and Time Capsule in the U. will naturally stir speculation about a possible refresh to its Wi-Fi base station lineup.

There’s probably no harm in passing on these updates if you’re not experiencing any problems with your network now.

If you do decide to update, make sure it’s when some downtime wouldn’t be catastrophic.

I may be missing something painfully obvious, but how do I upgrade the firmware on an Airport Express?

When I visit the firmware page, I don't see a download link, but when I follow the attached instructions, the only firmware options I see in the Airport Utility are ones that I have downloaded locally.

How do I go about upgrading this (either in Windows or Mac, I've got both).

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Following a rare firmware update for the Air Port Express, Air Port Extreme, and Air Port Time Capsule earlier this week, a few readers have contacted us about the Wi-Fi base stations being out of stock at their local Apple retail stores in the United States.

Specifically, the tipsters informed us that the Air Port Extreme was out of stock at the Apple Store, Sagemore location in Marlton, New Jersey, an outer suburb of Philadelphia, and the Apple Store, Beverly Center location in Los Angeles, California.

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