Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 3TB
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If I use the AirPort Time Capsules as a File Server, can I then delete the media files (pictures) that are taking up disk space on my macbook air?
My macbook air is constantly giving me prompt that my disk space is full. So that is the main reason I bought a AirPort Time Capsule 2TB to move all my old pictures to the File Server in the AirPort. That's the way it was explained to me when I bought it at the Apple Store (georgetown location in DC).
So the way I plan on managing my files is to move all the older photos to AirPort Time Capsule File Server, delete the files on my macbook so I have a lot of memory/disk space as I travel (without worrying about losing my whole life's worth of pictures) and periodically do a media "dump" when it starts to take up too much disk space on my macbook.
This way I can continue to use my macbook (without buying a new one b/c of memory - sorry Apple).
Is this a good way to manage my media files and macbook?
can see files movies, music, pictures on apple tv
- Asked by Giovanni D from Holyoke
- Jun 15, 2013
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AppleTV can only get it's sources from 2 places, iTunes or iCloud.
- Answered by Frederic L
- Oct 8, 2013
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Adding a time capsule to an existing network and configuring for the speediest backups?
I have a 27" i5 iMac on my home wireless network running off my ISP-provided wireless router. Many other devices like my TV and TIVO connect to this network so I'd like leave it as the creator of my wireless network.
I'd like to add a time capsule for backups from the iMac. I assume the time capsule can connect to my existing wireless network and I could back up that way but I was concerned that I may be sacrificing speed essential for backups compared with using the native wireless built-in to the time capsule.
Is it possible for the iMac to either:
- connect to both wireless networks at once
- connect to my existing router's wireless network but somehow switch to the time capsule's network when doing a backup.
I don't want to connect the time capsule direct via ethernet cable to my iMac as I would like to keep them separate for security purposes
- Asked by David F from Paddington
- Nov 25, 2013
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You can put the time capsule network configuration into "Bridge" mode, instead of "NAT DHCP", and then cable it to your ISP router.
The time capsule will be a more reliable wireless and wired router, and with the airport utility, it will remind you to do updates to the firmware when needed.
Your ISP will never update the firmware in your ISP provided router, and Wireless standards change, and bugs happen and that can make your wireless experiences very poor with unsupported routers.
If your ISP router can be placed in bridge mode, then I would put your time capsule in "NAT DHCP" mode, and use it as your primary router.
- Answered by Gregg W from Tulsa
- Dec 26, 2013
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Can I use Airport Express as router connected to modem and Time Capsule to extend wifi? Is that a sate of Time Capsule's capabilities?
Here's my dilemma: My modem, AirPort Express, and speakers are in my living room. The speakers are plugged into AirPort Express so I can play my music from any device. At the other end of the house is my study where I'd like to place the Time Capsule so that I can backup my laptop and so that I can extend the wifi signal in my house. Is that possible? And even if it is, am I wasting the Time Capsule's router capabilities by using the Express as the router and the Time Capsule as a means to extend signal?
And why on earth is Express the only router capable of connecting to speakers??
- Asked by Raul C from San Francisco
- Oct 21, 2014
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To my knowledge there is not a way to backup your iPhone directly to the AirPort Time Capsule. There are, however, two ways to back up your iPhone.
1) iCloud. A wireless backup that stores data (photos, docs, contacts...) in iCloud.
2) iTunes. This can be done over a cable or over your wifi network, but this option does require an Mac or Windows computer with iTunes installed.
I hope this helped answer your question...
- Answered by David E from Ypsilanti
- Jun 23, 2013
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How would I go about using a Time Capsule with Time Warner Cable?
They force you to rent one of their routers. Would I just connect the two using an ethernet cable? Would this affect the speed of Internet I get? And would it be silly to pay for Time Capsule if I already have to pay for a router? I know you get the backup capabilities, but having 2 devices for Wi-Fi seems unnecessary. I have all Apple products.
- Asked by Casey G from Louisville
- Jun 2, 2015
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Unless Louisville has some strange setup, you can either rent or use your own router to connect to the Time Warner modem. You should be able to use your own modem also. There is a list of modems which are compatible with the cable company's system which is available on their website. Pretty much any router will work. Buying your own router and/or modem means there is an upfront cost vs paying a monthly rental fee. On the other hand if your rented equipment fails for whatever reason or Time Warner changes their cable box or DVR, they will replace it at no cost.
- Answered by David D from Milwaukee
- Jul 18, 2015
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can it strengthen my existing wifi network?
- Asked by Alex P from Rancho Cucamonga
- Jun 4, 2016
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What is the power consumption of the device?
- Asked by Dinesh S from Ottawa
- Jun 13, 2013
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Does the Airport Time Capsule allow port forwarding? I currently do this with ZyXel VSG1432 from Telus.
I assume I would need to connect to the internet through my existing modem/router - with the latter set up in bridge mode perhaps?
- Asked by Tim D from Kamloops
- Sep 20, 2015
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Yes, you can do port forwarding with the Time Capsule.
If you have an existing modem/router in front of the Time Capsule then yes, it should be set to bridge mode so that it is only performing modem functions.
- Answered by Colin L from Toronto
- Nov 29, 2015
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How do I restrict folder access for other users in the same household?
I am using Time Capsule to back up my Mac Pro as well as share some media files with other members of the household.
However, I do not want the other users to have access to certain, specific folders. How do I restrict access at the folder level so I can share some files but not all files?
- Asked by Berkeley R from San Francisco
- Jul 20, 2016
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Which app should I download to access time capsule from I phone 6s plus?
I have airport utility,but it stops like that. What extra should we do to download?
- Asked by Mahesh K from Davanagere
- Mar 19, 2016
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Backup and Restore or Airport Time Capsule
I'm conscious of only having one backup of my valuable files. I am thinking to use the Airport Time Capsule as my primary network storage location as well as a backup location for my Macs, but don't want to lose everything if it's HDD fails.
Can you backup the Airport Time Capsule (ATC) to an external USB HDD/SSD and can this be scheduled? How?
Can you recover the ATC from the external USB HDD/SSD if the internal ATC drive fails? How?
- Asked by Beau F from Mudgeeraba
- Mar 24, 2014
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can i remote access a airport time capsule???
I am thinking of purchasing the 2TB Airport Time Capsule & was wondering if I would be able to access the Airport Time Capsule remotely from anywhere via the Internet?
if yes, how???
- Asked by Darren M
- Jun 12, 2013
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Yes, switch on Back to My Mac in the Time Capsule preferences. Make sure you have a very strong Apple ID or disk password if you do this
- Answered by Alan H
- Jun 14, 2013
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How do I restore files from my AirPort Time Capsule to my MacBook? Can I restore selective files/software?
My hard drive crashed and I purchased a new MacBook Pro. I want to restore my documents from my latestAirPort Time Capsule backup and my quicken software and files but don't know how.
- Asked by H. W. A from Fairview Park
- Apr 22, 2016
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Hi Mr. H. W. A. , you can restore your files with Migration Assistant , to pen the Migration Assistant , go to Launchpad then Open the folder Other , then look for Migration Assistant and open it.
The Migration Assistant will start with a screen asking you how do you want to transfer your information from a Mac ,a Time Machine Backup or another disk(This is the default option)
Make sure that you are in the same network of the Time Capsule , then in the next screen select the Time Machine Backup disk(if you don't know , which one to choose , choose the disk with a green hard disk ,with a symbol of a arrow and in clock inside the arrow)
After you selected the time machie disk, the Migration Assistant will ask you to select witch backup you want to transfer, after the selection of the backup ,another screen will show up , asking to confirm what you would like to transfer from the backup
( The default option is everything, just a important thing , you can't select which documents&data ,you want to recover , but you can't do thus ,with apps and the Mac settings )
After you selected which information you want to recover ,select continue , and your Mac will ask if you want to encrypt your disk, this is important step ,because if you macbook is stolen ,nobody can access your information , ( i would recommend the encryption of your disk , the Mac may be slower ,but is better for security purpose)
After you select if you want FileVault or not , your information from the time capsule will began to restore
After this ,you can start using your Mac , with all your information previous from when the hard drive crashed
Sorry for the long Answer
- Answered by Stefano D from New York
- May 27, 2016
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can i use my 2TB airport time capsule as an external hard drive?
- Asked by Maximo Jr V from Mahopac
- Jan 25, 2014
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