Older AirPort Utility version on Mac OS X Mavericks

In my home network I use a Airport Time Capsule (4th Generation) as my gateway and DHCP server. A while ago I configured a “DHCP Message” via the Airport Utility. I never noticed this message, before on my Laptop with Ubuntu. When I got a MacBook every time I connected via the wireless I got this annoying “DHCP Message” message in a pop-up.

DCHP Message
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Time Capsule update 7.6.3 breaks IPv6

The latest version for the Time Capsule is at the moment is 7.6.3.
I installed this update and after the installation I experienced issues with my IPv6 connectivity. I googled around and found many discussions and blogs where people are explaining they have issues with IPv6 tunnels (6in4) after the update.

When I started my AirPort Utility I noticed that my native IPv6 configuration options are still the same. But the weird thing is that Apple somehow changed the IPv6 WAN address to address from the 6to4 prefix (described in RFC 3056). This prefix starts with 2002: then followed by the IP Address converted to hexadecimal numbers, which together makes the /48 6to4 prefix.

So if my IPv4 address was my 6to4 address would be: 2002:7BEA:7BEA::/48. You need to do the calculation from decimal to hexadecimal (123 = 0x7B and 234 = 0xEA).

The weird thing is that in the configuration you can see my address was still manually configured to a IPv6 unicast prefix, but somehow Apple changed the active IPv6 on the WAN interface to the 6to4 prefix. You can see this in the picture below:
IPv6  configuration Time Capsule

The only solution to get IPv6 to work again is to downgrade the Time Capsule. You need to click on your Time Capsule. When you hover over you version number and use the ‘option’ button when you click you get the option to select your previous version number. See the screenshot below:
Downgrade Time Capsule

After the downgrade to 7.6.1 I see that the configured IPv6 WAN address is the same as the active IPv6 address. A visit to test-ipv6.com shows that IPv6 is working again :).

RIPE IPv6 reference card (very useful as a quick reference for the different IPv6 prefixes)

27″ iMac Intel processors

I was looking for the type of Intel processors Apple is using for the new 27″ iMac. There is no list from Apple where a exact types are mentioned. When I started to search on the Intel website which CPU’s exactly match the descriptions Apple give on their website.

There are three types of processors, according Apple’s descriptions:

  • 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) with 6MB L3 cache
  • 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) with 6MB L3 cache
  • 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz)

A quick search on the Intel website brings me to the following Intel processors:

The only difference between the two 2.9GHz i5 processors the Graphics Models; the i5-3470S uses an Intel® HD Graphics 2500 and the i5-3475S a Intel® HD Graphics 4000. I’m not sure which model Apple puts in there new iMac’s.

The difference biggest between the i5-3470 and i7-3770, next to the difference in clock speeds, is that the i7 supports Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology. which allows the i7 up to 8 simultaneous threads (2 on each core) and therefor use the processor more efficiently.

See the details and comparison on the Intel website.