AirPort Utility is unique in that it offers network configuration in a native application as opposed to a web application. It provides a graphical overview of AirPort devices attached to a network, and provides tools to manage each one individually. It allows users to configure their network preferences, assign Back to My Mac accounts to the network, and configure USB attached Printers and hard drives.
On January 30, 2013, Apple released AirPort Utility 6.0 for Mac OS X featuring a redesign of the user interface focused on increasing usability for novice users. Reception was mixed with some media outlets reporting IT professionals and network administrators being frustrated over some removed features. It was reported that most end users, however, wouldn’t notice the feature omissions. Users requiring the removed features can still access the previous version of AirPort Utility using a workaround.
Initial release of software bundled with AirPort Base Station. This initial version was intended for advanced configuration of an AirPort Base Station only. The most commonly used configuration settings were found in the AirPort Setup Assistant.