Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 3TB
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Can i use the Time Capsule only as a backup via wifi with my present linksys router and not use the Time Capsule as a router.Best Answer:
This is an excellent question, and the prior response did not answer it. There are many good reasons why you might want to wirelessly back up one or more Macs to the Airport Time Capsule, but not be using the Time Capsule for your primary WiFi source. Yes, you can have the Time Capsule "join" an existing WiFi network. Can you then back up your Macs to it, when both the Time Capsule and the Macs are on a different WiFi source? The answer is not apparent from the setup guide or specifications.
- Answered by Gary H from Pinehurst
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The WAN port is for your Wide Area Network which is just a long name for the ethernet cable port that you plug your internet modem into. The LAN port is for devices on your Local Area Network. Just remember your modem goes in the WAN port and everything else that isnt wireless goes into one of the LAN ports.
- Answered by Jared B from San Diego
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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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CAN I CONNECT TWO TIME CAPSULES TO SAME WI-FI
- Asked by David K from Eldersburg
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is it as fast as thunderbolt for storage ?
- Asked by Daniel H from North Wollongong
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How can I get IPv6 via SLAAC?
The tunnel service is unreliable and I have a static IPv6 pool allocated to me.
- Asked by Andrew B from Peppermint Grove
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Can I add a wired network switch if I need more wired connections?
I am thinking of upgrading to a Time Capsule as my primary router and WiFi connection at home. If I needed more wired connections (say 3-5 more) can I simply add a wired network switch to one of the connections on the back of the TC?
- Asked by Gregory A from Golden
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Yes. I have a Netgear GS108NA 8 port switch that works very well with my TC. I just plugged it into a LAN port and started plugging other devices into the switch. It works great.
- Answered by James K P from Richmond
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Can I use Airport Extreme as wifi for use with xFinity Xi5 wireless tv box?
Have weak signal from xFinity supplied gateway. I already have AE latest generation. Wondering if I deactivate xfinity wifi signal and use AE instead.
- Asked by Michael S from Acworth
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I have an AirPort Extreme Time Capsule and a NETGEAR Gateway C7100V cable modem. My ISP is Comcast. I use the AirPort Extreme as my Wi-Fi hot spot and it covers my entire home. Obviously I connect the AirPort Extreme directly to the C7100V modem via a CAT V cable.
When I run the Xfinity Speed test on my computer with a CAT V connection I get about 230 Mbs download. However, I get the same speed when I'm connected via Wi-Fi over my AirPort Extreme. When I connect using the Wi-Fi facility on the NETGEAR C7100V Gateway, I only get about 80 Mbs download.
Bottom line: the AirPort Extreme gives me the same speed via Wi-Fi as if I were connected via cable to the modem. I highly recommend the AirPort Extreme.
- Answered by Scott J from Vancouver
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The product description indicates that it is a USB 2 port.
- Answered by Stewart L from Kanturk
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Can I use two Airport Time Capsules in the same house as access points for two different floors?
Trying to set up a wireless network in a very large house. The Verizon router is in the basement and I want to create a wireless AP on the First floor and another one on the Second Floor. I also want to be able to save stuff on the network
- Asked by Kush V P from Riverside
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Yes, you can; however, you'd do best to create a single network served by both Time Capsules.
1. Assuming that you have Ethernet wiring home-run from various points in the house to the basement, configure the wiring as follows:
Cable modem --> WAN port of first Time Capsule
LAN port of first Time Capsule --> all of the Ethernet runs (you may need an additional Ethernet switch to do this)
If you do not have Ethernet running everywhere, then make sure that both Time Capsules are in range of your computer before continuing (and ignore the Ethernet instructions below).
2. Configure the first Time Capsule as though it was a stand-alone wireless network.
3. Once this is done, hold the reset button on the back of the second Time Capsule until the light blinks quickly, which will clear the current wireless information in the second TC. Hook the WAN port of the second Time Capsule to the Ethernet cable.
4. Now use Airport Utility (under "Other Wi-Fi devices") to configure the second Time Capsule to extend the network you originally set up above. If the second Time Capsule is being set up wirelessly, you can now place it where you intend it to be; make sure that it remains in wireless range of the first Time Capsule.
You can repeat steps 3 and 4 with other Time Capsules, Airport Extremes and Airport Expresses to further extend your network. Wired and wireless network extensions can coexist in the same network.
- Answered by Mark H from El Cajon
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Can multiple computers back-up to AirPort?
Can one AirPort be back-up for both me and my bf's computers? Not sure if it matters, but I have a new MacBook Air and he has a 2 year old Euro MacBook Pro.
- Asked by Eve S from Brooklyn
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Yes, you can backup multiple Macs to one airport.
- Answered by Troy K from South Portland
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How do I know if my 2011 purchased iMac will support 802.11 ac wireless?
- Asked by John K from Lincoln
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To see if your Mac supports 11ac, go to "about this mac" in the apple menu. Click "more info". Then click "system report". Go to "wifi". In "wifi" look at "interfaces". You should see "supported PHY modes". This will tell you whether your mac supports 802.11ac
- Answered by Jim G from Mesa
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do I need to turn on and off went not in use
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How long is the warranty on this product?
How long is the warranty on this product?
- Asked by Preetraj S from Prospect
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As with all Apple products 1-year. You can only extend the warranty if you purchase, at the same time, a Mac with an AppleCare Protection Plan.
'The AppleCare Protection Plan provides up to three years of additional hardware service options, both parts and labour, from Apple-authorised technicians around the world.
What’s covered — Mac
Your Mac computer
Included accessories such as the power adapter
Apple memory (RAM)
AirPort Express Base Station, AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule3
Apple USB SuperDrive (for MacBook Air, MacBook Pro with Retina display, iMac and Mac mini)
Apple display purchased with your Mac'
- Answered by Andrew C
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Can I use the new Time Capsule on machines running 10.6.8?
Product Info says:
Any Wi-Fi device you have will work with AirPort Time Capsule.
But Tech Specs says this Time Capsule requires 10.7.5 and a higher Airport Utility that 10.6 supports.
- Asked by Phil C. B from Gainesville
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Yes, but only if you also have an iOS device.
I was looking at exactly the same situation, so here's what I've learned, hope it is useful.
The Mac OS X system requirements for setting the AirPort time capsule require Lion 10.7.5 for setup and administration — however if you have an iPhone/iPad device running running iOS 5 and also have AirPort Utility 1.3 (free from the App Store) it is possible to set up and administrate the unit wholely from your iOS device.
All other features should work fine, as:
- Time Machine backups are supported from 10.5.7+
- Shared printing is supported from 10.2.7+
- Sharing a connected USB hard drive is supported as of 10.4.8
Technically, any wi-fi enabled device should be able to connect to the module once set up. — The one handicap you will face is the need to set your device up from an iPhone/iPad.
Note: I hear the user interface on the iPad app is the best, as it provides the best information about your devices.
- Answered by Peter M from Armidale
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