Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB
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I want to buy a new AirPort Time Capsule. Can I set up the old one offsite, & backup there too, for absolute redundancy?
- Asked by Craig M from Wilston
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Macs after a certain OS level (Snow Leopard?) can back up to several Time Capsules, depending on which one
they see when connected to a network. So Yes.
- Answered by Steven W from Sunnyvale
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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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It backs up everything stored locally inside your computer.
How to install time capsule
Already have a wireless router supplied by Verizon how do I install time capsule?
- Asked by Margaret H from Jamaica
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You're going to need a CAT5 ethernet cable to go from the router to the Time Capsule. To configure settings like name and password of the capsule, you're going to need either a PC, Mac, or iOS device. You download the AirPort utility for PC from Apple's website or the App store on the iOS device. The Mac has it pre-installed.
- Answered by Jesse H from Clarence Center
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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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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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Does everyone in the house need to use the new network from the Time Capsule?
- Asked by Megen B from North Hollywood
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Nope. In my case, I have a DSL Modem, which also is a router. Because it's a router it too is an available network that can be used. Also, I have a Network Extender in my home, giving me two additional networks. Any computer or network device (smart phone, tablet, etc.) can use any one of the networks I have. All your devices should show, and thus make available to choose, all available networks, including the Time Capsule.
- Answered by Robert G from Anacortes
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will i face some issue using it with my MacBook pro 2011(early) airport antenna...?
- Asked by Johnny L from Rio De Janeiro
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The new Time Capsule uses Wireless AC, while your MacBook Pro has Wireless N. The Time Capsule will be fully compatible with older wireless standards (even really old ones), however you will not see any significant improvement to your wireless connection/performance compared to a Wireless N Time Capsule unless you are also using a device that has Wireless AC.
In other words, with your computer this new Time Capsule will give you no significant benefit over the old one in terms of wireless performance/reliability. You will likely find that the last-gen Time Capsules will be going for a discounted price while they are being cleared out of various resellers, so if you're in the market for one you may want to consider picking an older one up. Of course, in the next few years you may end up with a wireless device that *is* wireless AC, in which case you might benefit at that point from having the Wireless AC router, so it's up to you whether you want to "future proof" and go for the new model or save a few bucks on the old model.
- Answered by Andrew R from Victoria
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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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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 you add external hard drive to airport extreme?
- Asked by Rick J from Highland
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Yes, but it must be formatted in HFS+.
- Answered by Matthew P from Shrewsbury
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Is it possible to connect directly to internet if I plug the internet cable into the LAN on AirPort Extreme? I think the only way is to use the WAN.
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Can the Time Capsule back up data stored on its own segregated drive too? I want to remove the photos from my MacBook Pro HD and store on TCapsule HD
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"It’s also a full-featured Wi-Fi base station with the latest 802.11ac technology and simultaneous dual-band support."
- Answered by Peter N from Germantown
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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.
can I connect two time capsules together
- Asked by Angela Z from Woodcliff Lake
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