More Mac OS X Resource Savings: Disable AirPort Base Station Agent

I peeked at the running apps on my MacBook using the /Applications/Utilities/Activity Monitor application, and I wondered about the AirPort Base Station Agent. I haven’t had an Airport Base Station since I lived in Atlanta, so I certainly didn’t want another background daemon running for a product that I don’t use. Following a quick Google search, I found this helpful how-to: Disable AirPort Base Station Agent. According to OSXDaily, you can permanently disable this background program by going into /Applications/Utilities/Airport Utility, click on Airport Utility menu > Preferences, and uncheck all options. Then, quit Airport Utility. Thereafter, you shouldn’t see the AirPort Base Station Agent running in the background. This gives you a very small resource savings.

I am a teacher and scholar at the New York City College of Technology whose work focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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3 comments on “More Mac OS X Resource Savings: Disable AirPort Base Station Agent
  1. joe says:

    Doesn’t work in Leopard or Snow Leopard, even after unchecking the preferences and restarting.


  2. Al says:

    the same on ML, it doesnt work


  3. Rory says:

    Go to System Preferences > Accounts > Login Items (for your user). Find AirPort Base Station Agent in the list. Select it and click the minus button. Now it will no longer launch when you log in.


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Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing and technical communication.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

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