fixed : AirPort Utility 6 lost the option to configure connected printers

Apple has updated the firmware for the TimeCapsule a few days ago, and updated the AirPort Utility software to version 6. Which might not be exactly what you were waiting for…

The user-interface of AirPort Utility 6 is completely new, it looks exactly like the iOS AirPort Utility interface now…

the good :

  • direct visual insight in how your local WiFi-network is set up (in a nice tree-branche structure)
  • by clicking on the hardware icons, you will see info like Network name, IP address, Serial no., Firmware version and… a list of all currently connected wireless clients
  • if your Firmware is out of date, you will see that instantly because of the little red circle with the white 1 in it next to the hardware icon
  • full iCloud support

the bad :

  • this is not an Administator interface, it’s nothing more than a nice looking info&update-utility, but as all options for managing your WiFi-network and your AirPort-hardware have vanished…
  • this app is MasOSX 10.7 “Lion” only…
  • from now on, it’s iCloud-only – no support for MobileMe any longer… (so no iDisk any longer…)
  • you can not manage AirPort-networked printers (like the USB-printer connected to your TimeCapsule) any longer
  • some client devices may not be able to find the updated AirPort Basestation / TimeCapsule (my iPhone 4 needed a reboot to become able to connect…)
  • …the printer-timeout-problem still exists, this update doesn’t resolve issues with the TimeCapule not being able to temporarily save big files that the connected USB-printer can not process quickly enough…

the ugly (the dirty way to get everything) :

…luckily, it is possible to re-install and use the previous version of AirPort Utility alongside of this one (eventhough the version 6 installer deletes the previous version) :

  • either place the previous version back into your “Utilities” folder (inside your “Applications” folder) from your TimeMachine-backup ; be sure to change the name of the old version to something like “AirPort Admin Utility” since it won’t be possible for both of them to use the “AirPort Utility” name…
  • or… download the installer of the 5.6 version from Apple :


fixed : premature timeout of TimeCapsule-connected USB-printers

Solving the premature timeout-problem of TimeCapsule-connected printers

Some printers work fine when connected directly on the USB-port of your Mac, but when you connect them to a Time Capsule they choke on large files. They will print part of your document, and then suddenly end by printing a nearly blank page with an error message “SPL-C ERROR – Including Corrupted Data”. This is caused by a pre-mature timeout of connection between the printer and the Time Capsule.

Two simple solutions, and a 3rd ‘DareDevil-solution’ that’s more complex :

  1. your USB-cable is too long ; replace the USB-cable with a shorter one (standard length is 1.8 meters, shorter ones are hard to find)
  2. your USB-cable is too thin ; replace the USB-cable with a thicker, more rigid one
  3. If the above options are not possible to implement in your case, try this (if you dare) :

Edit the .gz-file

  • find the .gz-file for your printer in Library / Printers / PPDs / Contents / Resources / [printer diver name].gz
  • for failure-protection, duplicate it and rename it from [printer driver name].gz to [printer driver name](orig).gz
  • double click the initial .gz-file to unpack it
  • then, in the same folder, find the file with the same name, without the .gz-extention
  • open this file in the application TextEdit
  • find this line :

*Throughput: “[number]”

  • change the “[number]” to “60” (or something at least twice as big as the initial number)
  • save the file ; make sure the name is the same as when you opened it (omit the .txt-extention ; if you fail to do that while saving, rename the file in the Finder, but omit the .txt-extention)
  • download a GZIP-encoder ; for instance The Zipper :

  • use the GZIP-encoder to turn the [printer driver name] file into a [printer driver name].gz file
  • make sure this new [printer driver name].gz file is located in Library / Printers / PPDs / Contents / Resources /
  • you’re done… …on this computer at least…
  • now you have to got to each of the other Mac’s on your network and replace the old Library / Printers / PPDs / Contents / Resources / [printer diver name].gz by the new one…

…time-consuming isn’t it ?

…and your out of luck : you have to go though this each and every time the printer drivers for your printer are being updated… (until the official Printer-driver will include a longer timeout-delay…)

so… isn’t replacing the USB-cable an easier option ?

Old School Mac [6] : using a GSM as a mobile internet modem for OSX


After an extremely long trail & error period, I’ve finally figured out how to use my T-mobile Motorola SLVR L7 as a mobile internet modem for my Mac :

Step 1 :

  • call the T-Mobile Helpdesk, and have them send you the message which auto-installs the T-Zones GPRS settings needed on your SLVR L7 (they will call it an SMS, but it will appear on your phone as a ‘Browser Msg’)

…make sure you have pen and paper ready to write down the PIN-code you will need to install the settings-message

Step 2 :

  • download (and install !!) the Motorola 3G and/or Motorola GPRS scripts you can find on Ross Barkman’s page :

…and buy Ross a virtual beer to thank him…

Step 3 :

  • connect your SLVR L7 to your Mac using a mini-USB-to-USB-cable

Step 4 :

  • in System Prefs / Network / Network Port Configs activate the new port “Motorola Phone (L7)”, and configure it :

Under the PPP-tab :

  • Service Provider : … [anything you like, e.g. “internet using GSM”]
  • Account Name : tmobile
  • Password : tmobile
  • Tel. Number : internet
  • Alt. Number : [none]
  • Save Password : On

Under the PPP / PPP Options-tab :

  • all Session Options : … [whatever you like]
  • all Advanced Options : Off [if you wish you can leave Verbose Logging on, but do turn off all other options]

Under the TCP/IP-tab :

  • Configure IPv4 : Using PPP
  • leave everything else blank

Under the Proxies-tab :

  • leave everything blank

Under the Modem-tab :

  • Modem : Motorola 3G CID1 (“Motorola 3G CID2”, “Motorola GPRS CID1 57k” and “Motorola GPRS CID1 57k +CGQREQ” will also work, and maybe some others too…)
  • Error Correction & Compression : Off
  • Wait For Dail Tone : Off
  • Dailing : Tone
  • Sound : Off
  • Modem Status in Menu Bar : On

…and don’t forget to click “Apply Now”

Step 4 :

  • click on the modem-icon in the menu-bar (the telephone-horn with the adshed line next to it)
  • first click “Show time connected” and “Show status while connecting” in the pull down menu
  • then click “Connect”, and your GPRS-connection is being established…

As a check you should see “GPRS Active” in your SLVR’s screen.

…and to disconnect go to the modem-icon in the menu-bar and select “Disconnect”

Note : the above solution should work for all new Motorola GSMs :

  • RAZR V3i
  • RAZR V3x
  • SLVR L2
  • SLVR L6
  • SLVR L7
  • PEBL U6

…and it will probably also work for the previous Motorola GSMs :

  • RAZR V3
  • ROKR E1

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Old School Mac [5] : can I share the printer of my pre-OSX Mac to my network ?


Question : Can I share the Epson printer that is connected to my PowerPC running OS8.6 on my network so I can use it from my iMac ?
Answer : If your Epson-printer is a USB-printer, and your iMac is on OSX (preferably 10.3 Panther), then you would be better of to plug the printer into your iMac and share it to your network and your old PowerPC-Mac from there…
If you have a iMac with OSX 10.3, you will also have an installer-CD of OS9…  use that to upgrade your PowerMac from OS8.6 to OS9 ; that will make your network more compatible… Note : you can run OS9 on all PowerMacs, for more info on that :

Griffin Technologies has made some adapters that might be of use in your case :

CAUTION ! : do extensive research to make sure that these Giffin-adapters are compatible with your Mac !!

Again : if you are really sure you want to make this work, upgrade to OS9. There is no guarantee that things will work, but it’s a fact that OSX has better network-compatibility  with OS9 / OS9.1 / OS9.2 than with any prior version of MacOS…

Some other links that you might want to have a look at :

  • Three Macs and a Printer :
  • Low End Mac :
  • Great Ideas for Old Macs :

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Old School Mac [1] : share internet among OSX-Windows-OS9


I finally figured out how to share the cable internet connection from my OSX-G4 with my WinMe-PC and my old OS9-Mac !! (without a Router !! – just a Hub !!)

NOTE : I only tested this with WinMe, but it should work with any Win-version from Win95 onwards (because Win95/98/98SE/Me are all from the same OS-family and WinXP is also quite similar – even a little easier on networking)

Here’s how to do it :


  • connect the incoming UTP-cable to the Build-in Ethernet-card on the G4
  • connect the UTP-cable for local networking from the G4’s 2nd Ethernet-card to the Hub
  • connect another UTP-cable from the PC to the Hub
  • connect yet another UTP-cable from the OS9-Mac to the Hub
  • IMPORTANT : make sure that all UTP-cables are connected to ‘normal’ Hub-ports ; do not connect to the Uplink-port, because that will prevent from using the Network-printer


  • go to Apple Menu / System Preferences / Network / Built-in Ethernet
  • in TCP/IP : choose ‘Using DHCP’
  • in PPPoE : leave all alone
  • in AppleTalk : choose ‘Off’ [uncheck switch]
  • in Proxies : choose ‘Use Passive…’


  • go to Apple Menu / System Preferences / Network / … [name of 2nd Ethernet-card]
  • in TCP/IP : type IP Address = [or any alternative you choose]
  • in TCP/IP : type Subnet Mask =
  • in PPPoE : leave all alone
  • in AppleTalk : choose ‘On’ [check switch]
  • in Proxies : choose ‘Use Passive…’


  • go to Apple Menu / System Preferences / Sharing / Firewall
  • put Firewall ‘On’
  • add ‘New’ to open an extra connection port
  • click ‘Other’ and type the Port Number that is needed to connect to your Internet Service Provider (ISP)’s Proxy [e.g. 80] -> give this new port a Description [e.g. your ISP’s name]
  • go to Apple Menu / System Preferences / Sharing / Internet
  • put Internet Sharing ‘On’


  • go to Start / Preferences / Configuration Panes / Network / Configuration
  • select ‘TCP/IP -> …’ [for your Ethernet-card]
  • select ‘Configure’ : a window ?TCP/IP? opens
  • in IP-address : choose ‘manually configure IP-address’
  • type IP-address = [or any other IP-address you choose]
  • type Subnet Mask =
  • in WINS : leave all alone
  • in Gateway : add [the IP-address of the interent-connected OSX-Mac]
  • in DNS-configuration : choose ‘activate DNS’
  • type Host = … [network-name of the OSX-Mac]
  • type Domain = … [network-name ot the Workgroup both the OSX-Mac and PC are part of]
  • add all (normally 2) DNS-server IP-addresses your ISP has provided
  • in Bindings : check both ‘File- and Printer-sharing’ and ‘Client for Microsoft Networks’
  • in Advanced : leave all alone
  • in NetBIOS : leave all alone


  • go to Start / Applications / Internet Explorer / Extra / Internet Options
  • in Connections : choose ‘LAN-configuration’
  • in LAN-Configuration : uncheck ‘automatically detect…’
  • in LAN-Configuration : uncheck ‘use automatic configuration script’
  • in LAN-Configuration : check ‘use Proxy
  • type Address = … [the Proxy-IP-address your ISP has provided]
  • type Port = … [the Proxy Port-number your ISP has provided]
  • check ‘do not use Proxy for local …’


  • go to Apple Menu / Control Panels / TCP/IP
  • choose ‘Configure Manually’
  • type IP Address = [or any other IP-address you choose]
  • type Subnet Mask =
  • type Router = [the IP-address of the OSX-Mac]
  • type Nameserver Address = … [the DNS-server IP-addresses your ISP has provided]
  • choose ‘Options’
  • check Make Active ‘Always’
  • go back – choose ‘Info’
  • see if all settings are made correctly
  • go to Internet Explorer / Edit / Preferences / Proxies
  • check ?Web Proxy?
  • type Web Proxy = …. [the Proxy-IP-address your ISP has provided]
  • type Port = … [the Proxy Port-number your ISP has provided]
  • check ?Always Use Web Proxy?

…that’s it – it’s that simple (looking back solutions always seem obvious…)

…but there’s one little flaw : MacOSX 10.2 “Jaguar” automatically turns off Internet Sharing on restart… only upgrading to MacOSX 10.3 “Panther” will fix that…


in this setup, it’s also very easy to make your PC’s harddisk(s), CDromplayer(s) and floppydisk available for MacOSX :

  • on the Windows Desktop go to ‘My Computer’
  • right-click the icon of the disk or drive you would like to share
  • in the pull-down menu that appears, select ‘Share…’
  • under the Share-tab, select ‘Shared as’
  • type Sharename = … [anything you like]
  • select Access Type = Full
  • click ‘OK’

…now ‘a hand’ has appeared under the icon, meaning this is a ‘shared disk’

to connect from MacOSX :

  • go to Finder / Go / Connect to Server… [or type Apple-K while in the Finder]
  • type Address = smb:// [the PC’s IP-address]

…and you get a pop-up window asking you which PC-‘shared disk’ to mount

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