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Sun 17 Jul 2005
Airport 4.2 and Airport Base Station 5.6 Updates
Category : Technology/airport5dot6firmware.txt
I applied the Airport Base Station 5.6 Firmware Update and it stopped being able connect to the broadband modem. So for a couple of sessions over the weekend, we were off the air (or blogosphere) for about half an hour each.
If you're trying to get here and couldn't connect, that was the cause.
Fortunately I have a spare base station somewhere else. While I went to retrieve it, we were running the server directly off the broadband modem, and using the server's Airport card to share its connection with the other machines on our network.
And I was thinking about how things still work while we're getting flustered. At times like these, you can't think, you just want to get back up as quickly as possible. And thankfully, just three clicks later, we've got server's Airport card sharing its broadband connection to everybody else on the network. So our Disaster Recovery Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) works.
I'm now running the system off the spare base station. As for the "spoilt" one, we went over to Hai Hwee's house, did a hardware reset, and found that it worked again on her broadband connection. So I'm going to switch everything back, later today, at about three or four in the afternoon, when my server's at its quietest time of the day.