Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB
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Does this device stores movies as well?
Should I decide tp download music, movies, videos, and backup files, would this device do all of these things?
- Asked by Lapolean K from Creedmoor
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Regarding files, this device can act as two different things - a Time-Machine-enabled Backup device, or a Shared Network Hard Drive.
As a Tme-Machine-enabled backup device, it will back up everything from your Mac(s) at regular intervals. This includes all the files on your Mac - documents, movies, music etc. You can then use it to revert to previous versions of files, to restore deleted or damaged files, or to restore the entire mac from a backup. Note, if you use it in this way, don't expect to be able to browse or read your files as simple files. Time machine backs use a sparse bundle and file links. You can get to your files manually if you want, don't expect to be able to hook up a home media centre to access those files easily. They are managed by time machine, and really should only be accessed through the Time Machine software for restoration.
As a shared network hard drive, you can consider it to be a file server. You can access the hard drive, over the network (wired or wireless) from any machine on the network (Mac or Windows). As such, you could use it to store your music and movies and access them from anywhere, including from any home media centre that can access a shared network volume (i.e. not AppleTV).
You should use it for one or the other, not both. Note, you *can* do both, but you really should not. When used for Time Machine backups, it really likes to manage hard drive space itself. When the disk gets full, it deletes older backups. It works best when it is fully aware and fully in control of the drive space
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Can I connect my Airport Time Capsule to my WD media player
I already have a large collection of movies in mainly avi format, and I would like to store my movies on my Airport Time Capsule. I don't really want to go through the arduous task of converting ALL my movies to apple format, Can I connect my WD Media Player to the Time capsule via USB cable, and play my movies through that (ie media player accesses the Time capsule like an external hard drive)?
- Asked by Jo-ann F from Salisbury
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Can I back up an externally connected disk?
If I connect an external disk to the TC via USB, can I backup that external disk to the TC? Specifically, I am trying to store my iPhoto library on the external disk so that multiple computers can share that one library and then have that one library be backed up to TC. Thanks!
- Asked by Sajid A from Fulton
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I believe that in the Time Machine backup options, your external drives (connected to your Mac) are by default excluded but you can go and remove the exclusion, in the same way you can add them if you do not want to backup some work directory that has a great deal of updates that would fill up your backup disk.
- Answered by Frederic L
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how many devices does airport time capsule support
I am planning to buy a 2tb time capsule....We use 13 devices iMac iPhones iPads etc. can it support all our devices and can we stores all our photo and movie files and access them remotely. Can we stream movies from time capsule to tv.
- Asked by Bill O
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It shouldn't have a problem supporting them. The only way to access and store data is through a Mac or PC running Windows 7 or later I believe. Macs use Time Machine to automatically back up all your data to the Time Capsule. I got one for Christmas for my brother and I to use and what's also nice is you can restore your Mac to any point in time since it makes separate back ups every time it backs up. What really determines the performance of your network also depends on your internet provider and loading speed. We're running a 50mb/s connection from Time Warner Cable and all our devices work just fine. We have two wireless printers, a PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, two MacBooks, three Dell laptops, an AppleTV three iPhones, and three iPads. We don't use these devices all at once but when we all use it at once, our network works just fine. You could have the world's best router, but if you have a slow connection from a bad provider, it's still going to be slow. And as far as streaming to your AppleTV, you're all set. The Time Capsule and Airport Extreme base stations are high- end wireless routers.
- Answered by Jesse H from Clarence Center
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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.
Multiple WAN addresses
My ISP allowed me a /30 subnet, so I can use multiple static IPs.
Is it possible to configure the WAN interface on this Airport capsule with multiple IP adresses ?
- Asked by Thierry M from Longueuill
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Is a 4th generation airport time capsule compatible for backing up a 2010 Macbook pro running el capitan
I am looking for a airport time capsule to back up my 2010 macbook pro running el capitan 10.11.2 with but i don't know that much about them and want to know if a Apple Airport Time Capsule 2TB (4th Generation Model A1409) is compatible. Thanks
- Asked by Eric W from Colorado Springs
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Yes, it's compatible.
- Answered by Colin L from Toronto
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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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what is the newer version or generation
- Asked by Ariel B from Lake Worth
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Is airport time capsule UPnP capable?
- Asked by George S from Vancouver
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Can I partition a time capsule so that some is simply an external hard drive to expand the hard drive on my laptop?
My Air has only 60G of storage. I have maxed it out and want to add external storage. Can I use this hardware to accomplish that, plus to back-up the drive on my laptop and provide wireless routing?
- Asked by Barbara I from Cornish
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Can you use the AirPort Time Capsule whilst on a commercial flight.
That is can you watch favourite videos, view photos etc using USB cable to macbook rather than WiFi?
- Asked by Matthew B from Hurstbridge
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Can I backup one Macbook Pro to two Time Capsules on same WiFi network?
I use Time Machine to backup my Macbook Pro onto a Time Capsule, which is also my WiFi router.
Thinking of buying a second Time Capsule, which I would use to extend my WiFi signal in the house.
If so, could I set Time Machine to backup my MacBook Pro onto both Time Capsules (so that I have a second backup disk, in case one Time Capsule fails..)?
- Asked by Dumitru Stefan R
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Can I move my current Timemachine files from my full external hard drive to a new Airport Time Capsule?
The current hard drive I backup to using Timemachine is full. I would like to get a newer Airport as my current Macbook supports Wifi-ac, so I was thinking of buying an Airport Time Capsule. Is there a way to move the existing Timemachine backup files from the full hard drive to the new Airport Time Capsule? This would free up the old hard drive for other use and consolidate my backups to one place.
- Asked by Dan L from Lake Forest Park
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Does the Time Capsule router create a physical firewall?
- Asked by Raymond A B from Myrtle Beach
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Does it have parental settings ?
My current ADSL modem/router allows me to get the kids of Facebook any time I think they should. Does the Time Capsule have advanced parental settings ?
- Asked by Johan R from Auckland
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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
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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.
Can the time capsule be used as a sort of media hub
I'd like to store my large collection of ripped DVD's on the time capsule. Id like to set it up so that anyone on my network can watch the movies, and also would like to be able to easily stream the movies to my tv's. I have apple tv, was wondering if this product is suitable for what I'm trying to do.
- Asked by John D from Manhasset
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If you can change the media format to be compatible with iTunes, you can set up your iTunes media folder to be located on your time capsule and then you can use it as a media hub. I do with mine, as long as my mac air is open, it homeshares to my Apple TV. Really fast too!
- Answered by Sharene M from South Toowoomba
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