Disable AirPort Base Station Agent
AirPort Base Station Agent runs in the background of Mac OS X whether or not you use an AirPort Base Station. It’s a part of Mac OS X, and as the name implies it handles Airport Base Station connections as well as connections to Time Capsule. If you use either of these Apple products you’ll want to keep the agent running in the background.
Let’s assume you want to stop the agent running. You probably noticed the agent using something like LittleSnitch or lsof when it tries to access an outside server (typically Akamai) when it checks for software updates. With this in mind, you can disable the Airport Base Station Agent by stopping it from looking for updates, and also disabling the agents ability to monitor AirPort. Here’s how to do this:
- Open Airport Utility, located at /Applications/Utilities/
- Let it scan for Airport stations, which it won’t find if you don’t use the products
- Open the apps Preferences
- Uncheck all of the boxes in the Airport Utility Preferences
- Click OK and Quit Airport Utility
Now Airport Base Station Agent should not load on system boot, and the agent should no longer be running. It’s that simple. Again, it does no harm to let it run and keep it enabled, it generally only takes up a few MB of RAM and rarely uses any CPU or bandwidth.