I am moving soon and want to hook up all my rooms to speakers through Airport Express stations so I can easily stream music anywhere in my house from apple devices. Coupled with Airfoil, it’s a pretty elegant setup.
I prefer the v1 version of the Airport Express because of it’s small form factor. You can also pick them up very cheap on eBay, I got 3 for $30 shipped.
After receiving the Airport Expresses I quickly figured out why I got them so cheap. When trying to connect to them via wifi in Big Sur I was getting the following error:
This version of AirPort Utility doesn't support this base station.
I google around a bit, and a lot of people were saying to download Airport Utility v 5.6.1 and use a custom launcher script from here. After downloading the script I still couldn’t get it to launch, but then I realized the Airport Utility app was being blocked by the system security. To get around this:
- Open terminal
xattr -d com.apple.quarantineinto terminal and put a space after it.
- Drag the Airport Utility 5.6.1 app in to the Terminal window after the
xattr -d com.apple.quarantinecommand and space – this inserts the app location and name in at the end of the line.
- Hit return.
- Terminal will run the command, you won’t see any response.
- Connect your Airport Express to your computer via ethernet (I am not sure if this step is necessary but I did it).
- Run the script again by double clicking it in finder and Airport Utility v 5.6.1 should launch!