Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I know it was (and still is) possible to configure the earlier Airport Extreme and Airport Express stations to forward syslog events to an external server.

The trick is to use AirPort Utility 5.6.1

But is it possible to do the same with the current (mid 2013) model? Will AirPort Utility 5.6.1 work with these models?

share|improve this question
I'll look for an opportunity to test. Apple clearly is looking to take away that functionality - and it's not clear if they are working on a better monitoring solution or will be steering people that need this level of control to product like Aerohive in the future. – bmike Jun 20 '13 at 14:04
I would appreciate that. – Coyote Jun 23 '13 at 11:38
@bmike : Well... I configured all the new AE APs to use my syslog server :) I just hope this will still be possible in the future. – Coyote Dec 4 '13 at 23:47
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Well, I bought one and tried.

AirPort Utility 5.6.1 complains about incompatible hardware and missing parameters, but apart from that it works :) It's possible to configure the syslog server.

share|improve this answer
Excellent to know that we can still dust off the old bits to set up syslog. – bmike Dec 4 '13 at 23:55
@bmike : Yeah... so far it works, but is still leaves me with a bad feeling. In a few generations we probably won't be able to use the old Disk Utility :S – Coyote Dec 4 '13 at 23:59

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.