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?

  • 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, 2013 at 14:04
  • I would appreciate that.
    – Coyote
    Jun 23, 2013 at 11:38
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    @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, 2013 at 23:47

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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.

  • Excellent to know that we can still dust off the old bits to set up syslog.
    – bmike
    Dec 4, 2013 at 23:55
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    @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, 2013 at 23:59

Although this questions is nearly three years old, the Airport Utility limitations still exist. I did not want to roll back to 5.6, so I searched for another solution, which I found.

These are the basic steps:

  1. In Airport Utility, select the base station to configure, and click edit.
  2. Then go to File, and export the configuration file.
  3. Open the configuration file in a text editor, and search for the key slCl.
  4. Edit the string field to match the IP address of the system logger.
  5. You can also set the log level by adjusting the string for key slvl.
  6. Finally, go to File again and import the configuration file to update the settings.

Kudos to Frits Hoogland and his blog "How to make apple wifi routers do remote logging".1

Related to this, please see my post on the details actually making it into the log: Airport Extreme firewall logging

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