Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB
473 Questions from the Community
Yes, the time capsule is just a router with hard disk storage.
- Answered by Johan R from Shelley
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will time capsule work if i have a dsl network
- Asked by Robert J from Rochester
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Can I share an Apple SuperDrive using the new Airport Time Capsule?
I'm looking at upgrading my fiancee's macbook to a macbook air, but we would loose our last CD/DVD drive. I'd love to be able to just plug an Apple SuperDrive into the time capsule and share it to both my Macbook Pro Retina and her new Air. Is that possible? Otherwise I'll probably just get her a Macbook Pro non-Retina so we still have a CD/DVD player.
- Asked by Benjamin M from Arlington
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The Superdrive itself would be the first limiting factor. Since the external Superdrive does not support connection through a NAS device, then it follows that it would not be recognized by the Airport. However, I don't know if an aftermarket CD/DVD device would be supported by the Airport. Apple does indicate that the USB connection only supports a) External Hard drives, b) USB Printers, and c) a hub. This would leave out other USB devices, such as a CD/DVD drive.
- Answered by Shawn F from Riverside
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No, you can have the airports linked together by going to Airport Utility on your Mac and link it up. You don't need a cable. :)
- Answered by Michael L from Barrie
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (does multiple airports relay wifi signal around a large house/houses or do they need to be connected via cable?)
Absolutely! That's just what I did. I found my ISP's wifi function was too slow. I would recommend disabling the wifi on the modem to cut down on interference though before attaching the Airport Extreme. You may have to search around for instructions or contact your ISP if you are not sure how to do this. Hope this helps.
- Answered by Joey P from West Lafayette
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You would have to use an externally powered usb hub to connect the devices into the Time Capsule
- Answered by Tyler S from Boise
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can you pair 2 computers and an iphone with this?
- Asked by Nora H from San Francisco
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Do you mean connect all three devices to the network? If so, yes. I have my Macbook, iPhone, Apple TV, android tablet, and another Windows PC all connected to my Capsule. All my Mac devices are all able to AirPlay to each other with no issues.
- Answered by Jared B from San Diego
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Will my iPad work with this device
- Asked by Matthew S
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Yes. The iPad will connect to the Time Capsule just like it does with any WiFi network. You will need either:
1. Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and AirPort Utility 6.3 or
2. iOS device with iOS 5 or later and AirPort Utility 1.3
to control the TC.
- Answered by Gregory A from Golden
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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.
The time capsule does not officially support windows backup, although that is not always clear in the descriptions. The time capsule is formatted in such a way that both windows and Mac can access the hard drive over a network. When I was on windows vista it backed up perfectly, however windows 7 removed the ability to network backup. I have not since been able to find a program that will allow me to back up.
I now only back up the macs in the house and update any new photos/ videos on the time capsule. I use Dropbox for our documents, and so I have avoided needing to back up windows, which is generally quite a clunky experience anyway.
Hope this helps! Any questions feel free to ask
- Answered by Thomas A
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In previous models the broadcast power level can be changed. Can the power level be changed to a lower level on This model (10% - 100%)?
I live in an area w/ a large number of units. The power level variance is valuable as it will limit the reception area and potential interference and my maximum exposure.
- Asked by Adric M from Fairfax
- Flag as inappropriate (In previous models the broadcast power level can be changed. Can the power level be changed to a lower level on This model (10% - 100%)?)
Yes, look into the settings of the device via the admin program. You can also cheat by selecting another country which limits levels. All documented on the Net and not Apple's site.
I am running Windows 8 which is similar to 7. I have my laptop doing an auto backup to the TC drive.
Go to Control panel - System and Security - and follow the prompts. ( select drive in TC etc.)
I mapped the TC data drive so Windows could connect at log on. Not sure if I needed to do that as well
- Answered by Laurie P
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Does the new Airport time capsule work with the xbox 360?
- Asked by David K from Flushing
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can I use the time capsule as a NAS for Sonos, I currently have a WD NAS attached to my BT hub and ethernet from hub to sonos
Using as a Sonos library
how do I use time capsule when travelling to get free wifi?
if i check into a hotel for example that charges for wifi can I somehow use to time capsule to connect to my wifi network when I'm travelling?
- Asked by Kevin C from Summerside
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If the hotel charges for wifi but has free internet through an ethernet cable, you can theoretically connect any router (including a Time Capsule) to it and create a wifi network. However, in practice, a) the hotel would probably charge for ethernet too, and b) the Time Capsule is very large and heavy and not suitable for traveling. If you did want to do this you'd be better off with an Airport Express.
- Answered by Matt C from Beacon
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can you back up your iphones and ipads?
- Asked by Mike S from Ringgold
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If you have a Mac computer set up to serve to back up your iPhone and iPad then you can use the Time Capsule to back up your Mac computer (with the iPhone and iPad files on it) so that will keep track of your data on your devices. It can be set to either save your iPad, iPhone data wirelessly whenever they are plugged in to charge or to save when they are attached to your Mac computer.
The Airport Time Capsule saves your Mac computer data at whatever interval you set it for so you have multiple sets of your files that you can restore back to.
- Answered by James M from Jackson
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Compatible with iMac 3.4ghz
I have a late 2013 iMac using OS X 9.5. This is a second computer not my main one which is a PC so I am rusty on mac utilities and hard drives, etc.. Use for editing movies. My 1T start up disk is full. Not sure I know how to use Time Machine - I need extra storage. Is this compatible and do I need anything else? Is it intuitive to use? I want to remove the stored videos and projects off my computer and store on this Time Capsule.
- Asked by Michele W from Lewes
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can the APTC router work with usb hardwired printers on a wifi and the mini iPad
- Asked by Michael S from Windermere
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can i connect the Airport Extreme Time Capsule to my old Time Capsule?
I am wondering if my old 1TB Time capsule can be connected as an additional drive to the new 2TB Airport Extreme Time Capsule.
- Asked by Carlos F from Portage
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I don't think that's possible.
ATC (Airport Time Capsule) is built to share out its internal drive. The current ATC (ME182LL) has a USB2 connector and a number of Gigabit LAN connectors. There's no facility in the ATC to re-share a remote filesystem (ie share one from your old ATC through the new one via LAN connection). Additionally, although OSX devices have long offered "Target Mode" (which boots a Mac into a behavior like a big external disk) there's no documented method of doing such with an ATC. Even if there was, traditionally the USB2 port lacks the protocol for Mass-Storage over USB, which means that it would probably not share out a USB storage device if plugged in -- so even if you had a Target-Mode for your old ATC, there'd be no way to connect it compatibly.
Is there a reason you don't simply leave your old ATC as a 1TB NAS? You could disable the Wi-Fi if you prefer, or use it in Bridge-Mode to extend a LAN built/organized by your newer ATC (I do this to cover a broader area). Both disks (old and new) would be available to all LAN members subject to permissions.
- Answered by Allan C from White Rock
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