I have an Airport Express 1088 (about 7 years old). My Macbook with Mountain Lion 10.8.4 doesn't sees it, nor does my wife's Macbook. Strangely, my iPad and iPhone can detect it and the network traffic goes through it, and everything works smoothly. However, the Airport Utility (version 5.6) on my Macbook does not see it.

Additionally, I can play music from my iPad or send the YouTube voice channel to the Airport Express, so the device works, but my Macbook still doesn't see it.

I have a MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008) but I don't think that matters. I think that the OS version will matter here, because two weeks before it worked well.

  • it just does not show up in wifi scan ?
    – Ruskes
    Jun 15, 2013 at 21:19
  • Can you access it from the Airport utility on the iPad? (if you dont have it it's free at the Appstore) Then I suggest you do that and see if you can update its firmware.
    – jtheman
    Jun 15, 2013 at 21:23
  • Try using an earlier version of Airport Utility (for the Mac.) I remember that 5.6 did the trick for me, and once set up, the newer AU worked.
    – Zo219
    Jun 15, 2013 at 22:50
  • @Buskar it just doesn't show on wifi scan. I tried to enter the wifi name manually but it didn't work.
    – Boti
    Jun 16, 2013 at 6:57
  • @jtheman I can access the airport express from my ipad but I can not control my AE. It say this version of AE isn't supported. And for ipad there is no older version of airport utility which is compatible with my AE.
    – Boti
    Jun 16, 2013 at 7:04

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The Airpoat Express seems to respond best if its settings are completely cleared first.

To do this, on both the older and newer model, you have to insert something in the one of the two tiny dots which is a hole, and press down in there WITH the unit unpowered, continuing to press while sliding the AE into its little base and for a few moments after.

This is most easily accomplished by having the AE in the base ready to move into place - then perform the pressing and connecting. I don't need to add, this is a total PITA, but it gives you an AE looking for settings--which you promptly input into AU.

There is a supposed Reset done by pressing while in place and powered, but it tends to accomplish nothing.

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