While iOS 5 seems to be a groundbreaking release on several fronts, one of it’s lesser documented features is the ability to configure new Airport Extreme/Express and Time Capsule devices right from your iPhone or iPod touch.

The process is mostly automated and leaves very little room for human error. While it doesn’t let you mess around with the plethora of settings normally available on the Airport Utility, it’s a no-nonsense way to quickly get access to the Internet without having to use a computer.

I tested this on my iPhone running iOS 5 Beta 4 and a 5th Generation Airport Extreme (MD0311LL/A). If you’re running a beta version of iOS 5 and have any luck setting up an older Airport Extreme, Airport Express or Time Capusule, do let us know in the comments!

For more information on what's changed, be sure to check out Brian’s review of the new Airport Extremes and Time Capsules here!

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  • Nikon1 - Sunday, August 7, 2011 - link

    I'm currently running iOS 5 Beta 5 - and I don't have that option in mt settings, under WiFi. I'm running the latest generation Time Capsule as my router / backup but it doesn't show on my iPhone.

    Not sure why but . . . ?
  • Saumitra - Sunday, August 7, 2011 - link

    You can only configure new devices from their initial state. So you if reset your Time Capsule to factory settings, you'll be able to configure it.
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