Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB
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Generally speaking I believe it's better to have all your computer equipment plugged into a UPS. Not only will this protect you from surges and brown outs, it will also protect you from those momentary power interruptions.
- Answered by Colin L from Toronto
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Does this network 'gateway' support VoIP?
- Asked by Michael T from Pyrmont
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Yes, I used to have the whole family's 3 MacBooks and a desktop all with automatically generated separate files. When my first Time Capsule controller died, I removed the hard disk, piggy backed it onto a new one and was able to access the separate files to either store as archive on the piggy backed device, or copy across to the new TC as required.
- Answered by Tim O
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what is the newer version or generation
- Asked by Ariel B from Lake Worth
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The AirPort Extreme and AirPort in the Time Capsule make independent wifi networks in your house or office. No monthly fee for the wifi.
If you connect either of these to an ethernet cable leading to a cable modem or a DSLR modem then you'll no doubt have a monthly fee for internet access.
- Answered by Richard W from Warren
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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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Without having more details from you, yes, you can connect to another router. You will need to setup the Time Capsule as a bridge instead of a router. This is done during normal setup.
- Answered by Jacob L from Ann Arbor
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Why isn't there a Thunderbolt port on the new Time Capsule?
It would seem the fastest way to transfer data from a Time Machine backup to a Mac would be with a Thunderbolt cable. It seems counter intuitive to move large amounts of data from a 3TB back by USB 2 when Thunderbolt technology is clearly superior
- Asked by Jack K from Las Vegas
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The USB will not transfer data from the internal hard drive. but the fastest way would be to get a thunderbolt to gigabit ethernet adapter and connect it into one of the 3 LAN ethernet ports to move information from the Time Capsule to the Computer or visa versa
- Answered by Tyler S from Boise
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does it also work as a storage, ... or it only use for back-up.?
i am now using 15 retina macbook pro and i face with storage capacity. can Time capsule or airport Time capsule extend my storage ? or it only work on back up only.
- Asked by Natthawat T from Petaling Jaya Selangor Malaysia
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I use the Time Capsule to backup two Macs via Time Machine. I also have several folders that I use for backing up my Parallels data directory. It works just fine in both capacities as a NAS and as a Time Capsule. I don't know why the previous person answering was having difficulty in using it the same way.
- Answered by Shawn F from Riverside
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I have Windows 8, Mac OS X, iPhone and Android in my household, will I be able to access the network drive on all devices?Answer
Yes. However, you will only be able to configure it initially on either your iPhone, Mac, or Windows PC running Apples Airport Utility Apps for those respective devices. All wifi devices that use AC or N and some with the G standard should be able to see it. Although I've noticed many of my older G wifi devices can't use or see it; I suspect they're just too old. Should be fine for Android and Windows alike though.
- Answered by Joey P from West Lafayette
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Backing up multiple computers, does time machine need same total capacity as joint disk space? Or if not that much data is 2TB version ok?
We have a 2TB and a 1TB iMac plus a 500GB MacBook Pro that I'd like to set this up as a backup for. We don't have anywhere near that amount of data, but I know when I've had dedicated USB external hard drives for Time Machine it was supposed to have the same volume as the machine's hard drive. Trying to see if we can get away with the 2TB version for financial reasons...
- Asked by Laura B from Red Lodge
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There is no easy answer. The short answer is, yes, it will pair with these devices for backups. However, the time range and number of backups will be limited as you accumulate more data. You will be able to use it, however, it will become unpractical as each of you computers hard drives fills up. I wouldn't recommend sharing it between more than 2 computers with large drives like yours.
- Answered by Joey P from West Lafayette
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Can a time capsule be used as a boot drive, if the drive in the MacPro fails?
I need to know if Time Machine used in conjunction with a time capsule can be used as a boot drive if the mac pro it is being used to backup has a drive failure?
Or do I need to have a bootable backup on an external drive (besides the Time Capsule)?
- Asked by John H from Juneau
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airport time capsule 3T warranty period
- Asked by James R from Cumming
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What is the number of people who can use this router at once?
We have an office with about 200 devices on the router simultaneously. Part of our work involves streaming video and / or uploading and downloading really, really large graphic files. Can this handle that?
- Asked by Jonathan B from Bedford
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This is on the product information page:
Number of Users
- Answered by Troy K from Tallahassee
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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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Do you have to use your cellular network wifi out of the house and the airport time capsule wifi in the house on an iphone5?
- Asked by Jennifer H from Onarga
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You can use your cellular network while you are out and about and this will go towards your data usage ( so many MB / GB per month )
If you can connect to wifi while you are at home or out and about this does not use your cellular network and your data allowance will not be affected.
Does the Time Capsule only work when plugged into a modem or does it work plugged into a router/Ethernet plug on the wall?
I'm a college student and there's campus Wi-Fi all over and in my building. I was considering Time Capsule to improve my Wi-Fi capability and to have a place to back up my MacBook Pro via Time Machine. There's no router or modem in my dorm room but there is an Ethernet port in the wall that I can plug an Ethernet cord into. Can I use Time Capsule by plugging it into the Ethernet plugin on the wall? Or does it not work like that. Also, even if that does work, because we're all on the same Wi-Fi network with different usernames and passwords to log us into the Wi-Fi, could someone else potentially have access to my Time Capsule and could they access the things on my Time Capsule or backup their own computer? Thanks!
- Asked by Michael K from Pacific Palisades
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You can use the time capsule by plugging it into the ethernet jack in the wall, thats the kind of set up I've got. This will create your own WIFI network which you can password protect, and you'll probably find this to be faster than campus WIFI.
With regards to accessing files stored on the Time Capsule, you can password protect the disk within the capsule itself, this means that for anyone to access your files, they would need both your WIFI password and your disk password.
Hope this helps you