Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB
498 Questions from the Community
Is this compatible with the Arris SB6141 (SurfBoard)?
I just bought this modem, brand new, and I was told by Comcast that it isn't compatible with the AirPort Time Capsule 2TB because the time capsule is too "advanced" and / or "hi tech"....he didn't use that exact terminology but that's exactly what he was getting at.
Now, I'm not Steve Jobs or anything but I work in IT and have a masters in Information Systems. I'm just having a hard time believing this brand new, highly rated, extremely popular modem isn't compatible with such a popular Apple router.
Does anyone have a definitive answer for me? Many thanks in advance.
- Asked by Timothy M from Baltimore
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Can the AirPort Time Capsule be used to create a WLAN network by connecting it to my main router?
I have a Cisco RV042 Dual-WAN router which has only ethernet ports for LAN connections. I am planning to buy a AirPort Time Capsule.
Can I connect the Cisco RV042's LAN port to AirPort's WAN port and still let the RV042 to do load balancing simultaneously as AirPort provides internet connection to LAN through Wi-Fi. If yes, How can it be done?Answer
On the internet tab, select bridge mode, and that will turn off DHCP server, and cause it to "get an address" via DHCP or manual depending on your desires. It will then appear on your network and all Apple devices will be able to find it.
- Answered by Gregg W from Tulsa
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Can the capsule work on wifi or does it have to be plugged up to a modem?
I live on campus and we only have wifi. i wanted to know if it will still work to back up my mac on wifi only.
- Asked by Laura B from Bronx
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what is the newer version or generation
- Asked by Ariel B from Lake Worth
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I have the older 2TB Time Capsule and DSL. They say the new Time Capsule is faster. Will my internet load quicker or just back ups are quicker?Best Answer:
I have a 2012 3TB Time Capsule and just replaced it with a new 2014 Time Capsule. I also purchased a new MacBook Pro. As others have discussed, the 'n' connection was always fast enough to accommodate the stream from my cable modem...The internet connection does not appear to be faster. It does, however, seem that the backups happen faster on my MBP (wireless ac) than on my two year old iMac (wireless n).
An unexpected and vast improvement was the stability of my home wifi network. I have four Airport Express devices in my home. They are all wireless 'n' (not 'ac). I use them as range extenders because the walls in my large historic home are very thick and prevent a stable connection. I also use each of these devices to drive stereo equipment on my Airplay network. I also have other brands of stereo equipment connected to this Airplay network. Before I got the new Time Capsule, three of the Airplay devices (including 2 Airport Express) were glitchy, and I would have frequent dropouts in the music that were irritating and embarrassing during a party.
I have not had a single dropout on ANY of my devices since updating the Time Capsule. I have not changed the location or position of any of the devices.
I do not know why this setup is so much more stable. All I can say is that my system is FAR more stable with my new Time Capsule than the 2 year old version.
- Answered by Vincent N from Cincinnati
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Are Time Capsules using the latest 802.11ac2 protocol?
Do the latest (in May 2016) Time Capsules use the 802.11ac2 or wave 2 of the ac protocol? Or is it still using wave 1?
- Asked by Jim R from Los Angeles
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What are the max download speeds on the Time Capsule?
Going to be getting fiber optic that supports 1 GB upload and download speeds. I'm wondering if the TimeCapsule can support these speeds, but not finding any information on the technical specifications.
- Asked by Elizabeth D from Boulder
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Whats the difference between Airport Time Capsule and Time Capsule?
What does Airport Time Capsule 3TB have to offer over Time Capsule 3TB?
- Asked by Glen B from Calgary
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All Time Capsules are Airport Time Capsules.
Airport is the generic name for all of Apple's WiFi routers. Time Capsule is an Airport Extreme with a hard drive built in. Airport Extreme is the top of Apple's line of Airports; a very nice router and wireless access point with a shared USB port, an incoming Ethernet port, and three outgoing Ethernet ports. Airport Express is a somewhat more humble Airport with less range, a shared USB port and a shared headphone jack (for playing music from any Mac or iOS device on the network), one incoming Ethernet port and one outgoing Ethernet port.
You can use any Airport to extend the wireless network. In other words, one Ethernet port from your Internet Service Provider's modem can connect to a Time Capsule. You could put an Airport Express in a different room within range of the Time Capsule, and configure it to join the Time Capsule's network. Now, you can connect a printer and some powered speakers (or your stereo) to the Airport Express, and your wireless network now reaches farther, since the Airport Express acts like a repeater, communicating between a more distant computer and the Time Machine.
The Airport Extreme has more range than the Airport Express, but it doesn't have the shared headphone jack.
And an Apple TV also can connect to your TV and/or stereo for playing content from any Mac or iOS device on the network.
- Answered by Will M from Charlottesville
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Can I use my AirPort Time Capsule as a wireless access point?
My house is wired with ethernet jacks everywhere but my Xfinity router/cable modem combo isn't strong enough. I would like to know if I can set up the Time Capsule as a Wireless Access Point for the current network. As a separate question, I would also like to know how to set up the Time Capsule as a separate Wifi network in the house (new name/password) using the Airport Time Capsule. How do I do that as well?
- Asked by Jeffrey W from Los Altos
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Yes you can. I am currently doing that in my house. Once it is connected to the network hardwired just create a new network. If you don't have a multi port router/cable modem, you will need to get one.
The biggest issue I am having is trying to set the priority to bandwidth. We have currently 15 clients for my airport time capsule so it doesn't let everything on all the time.
- Answered by Milton S from San Diego
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can i use this as my comcast xfinity router
I ordered Comcast's internet service but I plan to purchase my own router. can I use an airport Time capsule as the router without another device?
- Asked by Nicholas L from Chicago
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There are two different items here, though.
You first need a cable modem connected to your physical Comcast cable and essentially "receive" your internet service. Then, if you want to add wi-fi capability, you need a router. This device (Airport Extreme or Time Capsule) will fill the second roll of wi-fi router, but it will not serve as the cable modem.
You will either need to rent a cable modem from Comcast or purchase your own cable modem, then you could connect this device to the cable modem to give you wi-fi.
- Answered by Anthony W from Brigham City
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Can i use the old airport extreme to extend the new airport extreme's network?
- Asked by Michael H from Mission
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Absolutely! The Airport Utility will helo you set it up as an extender. I currently am using a 5th Gen. Extreme with a 4th Gen. Extreme and 2nd. Gen Express as extenders.
- Answered by Christopher F from Whitney Point
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Is Ethernet needed for this to work? I have a 3 floor townhouse with modem on the bottom floor. I hate Fios.
I would like to keep the time capsule on the mid level alongside my iMac on the computer desk, but I don't know what will give me the fastest connection. I don't understand what the thunderbolt adapters and other cables do. Help!!! Thanks in advance!
Side note: what hard drive (if any) do I need to stream my media to other devices besides my Apple TV?
- Asked by Brandi S from Severn
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Is the Airport Time Capsule or Airport extreme DOCSIS 3.0 compatible?
DOCSIS 3.0 with 8 downstream channels or greater and 4 downstream channels or greater.
- Asked by Jerome K from New Bern
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I share a wireless internet signal with my upstair neighbors. Can I backup my devises to an Airport Time Capsule wirelessly if I don't have router?Answer
You will need the Time Capsule installed onto the network for it to work, so attached to your neighbors network. You could set up up in a stand alone configuration, but you would no internet access while you were backing up.
- Answered by Steven W from Sunnyvale
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Yes you can. Also you can stream directly on Mac and iPhone/iPad via apps like Infuse.
- Answered by Faisal I from New York
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Does the AirPort Time Capsule function as an AirPort base station, in addition to wireless storage? Does Airport Extreme have additional features?
I need an AirPort base station, but I am leaning toward the Time Capsules instead of the Extreme. Is the Time Capsule missing any features that are offered with the Extreme.
- Asked by Michael M from Princeton
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The simple answer is: Time Capsule can do everything a Airport Extreme can do.
But there're two more things that worth noticing:
1. AirPort Express can stream iTunes music to external speakers via AirPlay, but neither AirPort Extreme nor AirPort Time Capsule can do this.
2. Both AirPort Time Capsule and Airport Extreme support connecting to a USB hard drive, which means if you connect a hard drive to an Airport Extreme then it will work similar to AirPort Time Capsule.
Does the time machine needs internet to work
- Asked by Ariel B from Lake Worth
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How do I restore files from my AirPort Time Capsule to my MacBook? Can I restore selective files/software?
My hard drive crashed and I purchased a new MacBook Pro. I want to restore my documents from my latestAirPort Time Capsule backup and my quicken software and files but don't know how.
- Asked by H. W. A from Fairview Park
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Hi Mr. H. W. A. , you can restore your files with Migration Assistant , to pen the Migration Assistant , go to Launchpad then Open the folder Other , then look for Migration Assistant and open it.
The Migration Assistant will start with a screen asking you how do you want to transfer your information from a Mac ,a Time Machine Backup or another disk(This is the default option)
Make sure that you are in the same network of the Time Capsule , then in the next screen select the Time Machine Backup disk(if you don't know , which one to choose , choose the disk with a green hard disk ,with a symbol of a arrow and in clock inside the arrow)
After you selected the time machie disk, the Migration Assistant will ask you to select witch backup you want to transfer, after the selection of the backup ,another screen will show up , asking to confirm what you would like to transfer from the backup
( The default option is everything, just a important thing , you can't select which documents&data ,you want to recover , but you can't do thus ,with apps and the Mac settings )
After you selected which information you want to recover ,select continue , and your Mac will ask if you want to encrypt your disk, this is important step ,because if you macbook is stolen ,nobody can access your information , ( i would recommend the encryption of your disk , the Mac may be slower ,but is better for security purpose)
After you select if you want FileVault or not , your information from the time capsule will began to restore
After this ,you can start using your Mac , with all your information previous from when the hard drive crashed
Sorry for the long Answer
- Answered by Stefano D from New York
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what is the difference between LAN and WAN
- Asked by Stephen S from Middleburg
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There if your iOS devices cant find the printer right away there is a lot of apps from cannon HP Brother and all the other that make printer that will let you print from your iOS devices but make sure your printer is supported by this or AirPrint