Can I use this cable to hook up a Time Capsule to my iMac?

I have a new iMac with a 2 Tb internal drive. I wish to now buy a Time Capsule, would this be a good way of connection to give me faster bandwidth on my iMac?

Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

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    This adapter is not necessary to connect your iMac to your Time Capsule for internet access and for your Time Machine backups. Time Capsule and iMac can be connected via Wifi. In almost all cases, though, using this adapter with a decent ethernet cable (I recommend at least a Cat 5e ethernet cable) connected hard-wired to your Time Capsule will not only improve your internet speed on your iMac, but also your Time Machine backup speed. The actual improvement in speed of these things will depend on your current internet speed and distance between the iMac and Time Capsule along with other possible interferences. In most cases, though, I would say the average user would notice a slight increase in performance, and the power user to notice a significant performance increase.

    If you deal with backup up many large files and are a heavy-bandwidth user, I woul definitely recommend using this adapter with either a Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable.

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  • Yes, but there may be a bottle neck in speeds if your network isn't very fast. Gigabit Ethernet is very fast indeed.

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  • I have just bought the new 3Tb Time Capsule. I was a bit disappointed that it can't be networked using Ethernet to my existing network - only wirelessly. My problem therefore is that I have to have iMac on WiFi to back-up using Time Machine, and if I'm working and backing up, and some of my mobile devices are also connected, I get serious bandwidth issues. I have been using my Gigabit Ethernet connection between my iMac and hub/router, with a NAS drive also on the router. I have 2xEthernet cables between my study and the area where the router is located, so I'm going to use a Thunderbolt to Gigabit cable to allow me to have a direct Ethernet link to the Time Capsule and still use the iMac's standard Gigabit Ethernet port to connect to my Router. Which means I can have my backup device as far away from my iMac as possible in event of a break-in or fire (my really critical stuff get Cloud stored)...

    But I really don't see why Apple can't just make the Time Capsule with a NAS option on Ethernet - some say t's to get us to use Apple devices - but I have enough ISP issues without them then telling me they don't support 3rd party routers wen I have a problem :-)

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