Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB
507 Questions from the Community
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 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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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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How to access photo from Apple airport time capsule using iPad Air 2
Is there a way to access photos from my 3T Apple airport time capsule using my iPad Air 2?
- Asked by Ramesh P from Bartlett
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Yes, I do this with my Time Capsule, just download an app onto your iPad called 'FileExplorer' and you'll be able to access and play/view save any file which is saved on your capsule. There are 2 versions of the app - i use the free one which will allow you to access most files but you may wish to go for the paid version.
hope this helps you
- Answered by Aaron B
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Can AirPort Capsule be used as an external wireless hard drive separate to Time Machine?
Can I save content directly to the Capsule, or does it only backup what is saved on my Mac device?
I want to back up my MacBook Air via Time Machine on my Time Capsule, but I would also like to put files such as photos & music onto an external hard drive (hopefully Airport Capsule) & not leave on my computer.
- Asked by Larry P from Cedar
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In Finder there is a new list right under Devices when connected to the AirPort. It is labelled Shared and you should see your Time Capsule's name listed there. When you click it, it will go to the hard drive and you can treat it the same way you would with a USB external hard drive. Dont forget, the more data your Time Machine backup takes, the less free space you will have to use as an external hard drive.
- Answered by Jared B from San Diego
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How would I go about using a Time Capsule with Time Warner Cable?
They force you to rent one of their routers. Would I just connect the two using an ethernet cable? Would this affect the speed of Internet I get? And would it be silly to pay for Time Capsule if I already have to pay for a router? I know you get the backup capabilities, but having 2 devices for Wi-Fi seems unnecessary. I have all Apple products.
- Asked by Casey G from Louisville
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Unless Louisville has some strange setup, you can either rent or use your own router to connect to the Time Warner modem. You should be able to use your own modem also. There is a list of modems which are compatible with the cable company's system which is available on their website. Pretty much any router will work. Buying your own router and/or modem means there is an upfront cost vs paying a monthly rental fee. On the other hand if your rented equipment fails for whatever reason or Time Warner changes their cable box or DVR, they will replace it at no cost.
- Answered by David D from Milwaukee
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Does early 2013 iMac support 802.11ac wifi?
i bought the new iMac back in April 2013. do they support 802.11ac wifi?
- Asked by Thuyain A from Colchester
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The new macbook air and mac pro will support 802.11AC but the early 2013 does not have the new chipset for AC
- Answered by Tyler S from Boise
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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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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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What do the different model numbers mean
ME182B/A and MD033B/A what is the difference?
- Asked by Rosemary C
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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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No hard drive will last for 100 years. It is probably flash memory that you are seeing that quoted on, but that will come in much smaller capacities (typically 8GB-64GB) and a much higher cost-per-gigabyte than the Time Capsule, and of course, do not include a fairly high end wireless router.
Hard drives have an average lifespan of approximately 5 years, but there are plenty of outliers, with some lasting 10 years and some only 10 minutes. And of course, the Time Capsule also contains a wireless router, which in itself will probably only last 3-5 years of continuous usage. That is why the recommendation for backups is always to have multiple backups, and preferably, to have at least one backup "offsite" (that is, not in the same physical location as your other backups), as the odds of multiple backups failing simultaneously is vanishingly small.
- Answered by Andrew R from Victoria
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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.
what is the difference between LAN and WAN
- Asked by Stephen S from Middleburg
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What is the best way to do the initial back up with these devices? What is the average time to do the first initial backup?
How do others do the initial backup? How long does it take to do it wirelessly? I would have hoped for a Thunderbolt port for this very use case.
- Asked by Christopher W from Washington
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For an initial backup, the best results will come from a direct connection via Ethernet.
First turn off wifi on the computer.
Attach the computer via Ethernet to one of the free Ethernet ports.
Set up your Time Machine appropriately and set it running.
Leave it overnight to complete, best to do this end of the day.
You may have to leave it, depending on the size of the internal drive on the Mac, sometime into the next day.