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About AirPort Extreme Update 2008-004 is recommended for all Intel-based Mac computers running Mac OS 10.5.5 and resolves some issues with AirPort connections when roaming in large Wi-Fi networks.


Mac OS X 10.5.5 or later

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middleware Member IconComment+0

"2008-004" conflicts with some NetGear wireless routers, in particular, with my WGR614. I tested against the following combinations:

Leopard without 2008-004, with NetGear: Good
Leopard with 2008-004, with NetGear: Bad
Leopard with 2008-004, with Air Port Extreme: Good
Leopard with 2008-004, with an unknown router: Good
PC, with NetGear: Good

The "Bad" means the web access becomes so slow that 9 out of 10 times Gmail could not even show its login page.

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Version 2008-004

All our laptops have two locations: one wired and one wireless 802.11x that authenticates against a periodik radius server. Every laptop has a system login that pre-authenticates 802.11x so one can login to the open directory domain on startup.

Everything was fine before the update. users could switch back and forth between wired and wireless locations without any loss of service. AFTER the update, if you switch to the wireless location from the wired, the airport radio doesn't automatically turn on. If you turn on the radio after switching locations, authentication hangs.

I've been able to duplicate this problem by re-cloning a laptop back to the 002 update (which works fine), then applying the 004 patch (breaks).

aquarium Member IconComment+1

I have been having problems now for over 4 weeks and was waiting for something like this to fix the issue. Unfortunately this update did NOT fix the issue. Nothing has changed. I still can't connect to any wireless router.


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Version 2008-004
rbf_4 Member IconComment+0

No problems with my Macbook.

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Version 2008-004
neutralzone Member IconComment+180

It has appeared in Software Update again

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Version 2008-003
MarkOh Member IconComment+187

This update has been pulled by Apple due to problems after updating with AirPort Extreme 2008-003.

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Version 2008-003
maboroshi Member IconComment+34

I was one of the unfortunates who updated and now I can't connect to my 802.11n network. My 802.11g still works at least, but come on Apple.

I hope they come out with a fix soon...

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Version 2008-003
Rob06au Member IconComment+16

Apple has completely pulled the update from their own site and it also is not showing in software update for me pn an Intel C2D imac. I have read some rather basty comments about more problems than needed and it seems apple pulled it rather fast.

I am waiting to see if a re-release comes forward as the one available here maybe the version that causes so many new issues.

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Version 2008-003

Damn, yes, You are right! It does not appear under software-updates. Thanks for saving me from a potential unpleasant experience!

db Member IconComment+0

Is this legit? The More Info link leads to a dead-end and my Software Update shows no such beast?

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Version 2008-003

Worked fine for me.


Also wanted to add that it was on Software Update earlier today (I didn't want to restart my Mac at that time) but is gone there now too.

fasterthanlight Member IconReview-1

This update has done a lot of damage to a lot of machines.

On intel based iMacs it has created a problem where wireless reception drops out every few minutes, with no real fix.


On older machines its causing hectic audio problems.


I can't believe Apple released this with a "Improves reliability for Airport connections" What a load of garbage.

For causing more problems than it is fixing, i rate it 1/5

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Version 2008-002
Brildenlanch Member IconComment+11


Yeah, I may as well cancel my broadband connection and go back to a phone modem, since Airport cant go faster than that.

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Version 2007-004
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Date 24 Oct 2008
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