Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 3TB
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My apple products (iPhone, iPad, iTouch, Mac) keep saying insufficient memory wanting me to buy more iCloud storage, will Time capsule work instead?
Backup instead of the Cloud?
- Asked by Scott K from Saint Joseph
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I think you meant insufficient storage on iCloud. In that case, you can either upgrade your iCloud storage to higher capacities through subscription, or backup your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your PC or Mac using iTunes. For the Time Capsule, it can only be used for Mac backups, not iOS Devices.
Can I add a wired network switch if I need more wired connections?
I am thinking of upgrading to a Time Capsule as my primary router and WiFi connection at home. If I needed more wired connections (say 3-5 more) can I simply add a wired network switch to one of the connections on the back of the TC?
- Asked by Gregory A from Golden
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Yes. I have a Netgear GS108NA 8 port switch that works very well with my TC. I just plugged it into a LAN port and started plugging other devices into the switch. It works great.
- Answered by James K P from Richmond
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the new airport time capsule, is it as well an external hard drive?
- Asked by Angela H from Glastonbury
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Yes, I will even say better. The actual hardware its self is the same thing your normal external seagate or western digital would have without the wifi of course. Hard drives companies like Seagate and WD make their versions of Network Attached Storage (NAS) but aren't as user friendly as most would like. I have owned a Apple 2TB Time Capsule for quiet some time and wouldn't ever go back to anything else. I still use regular external hard drives for odd and end things but mainly use my Time Capsule. Being able to wireless transfer data and storage option for multiple devices is the amazing thing about it.
Hope this helps!
- Answered by Tyler H from Mayfield
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The product description indicates that it is a USB 2 port.
- Answered by Stewart L from Kanturk
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do I need to turn on and off went not in use
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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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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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Can I back my MacBook onto two separate Airport Time Capsules via Time Machine: one TC used as wireless router, the second TC to extend the WiFi?
I already have an Airport Time Capsule, which I use as my wireless router, as well as backing my MacBook on it via Time Machine.
If I got a second Time Capsule which I would use to extend the WiFi, could I set Time Machine to back my MacBook onto both Time Capsules?Answer
Yes you can! I actually do this, only difference is I have 3 Time Capsules: 2 are 2 TB and 1 is 3 TB. I have Time Machine for all of our Macs (3 laptops, and one Mac Mini) storing backups on all three Time Capsules. As a matter of fact, when we run our backups (we do them manually as opposed to the built-in scheduler) we run them three times: once to each Time Capsule. That way, we have three copies of each backup, for all four machines. If any backup is bad, we have two others to fall back on. The chances that we would ever lose something are very small indeed. We also attach 3 TB USB 3.0 external drives to the USB port on each Time Capsule. It is here where we store other, potentially 'live' data (as opposed to backups). I also use the Time Capsules to extend my wifi, and that works great! One should expect a, perhaps measurable, performance hit with extending wifi like this, but I have yet to notice any degradation. It works fine, and I use it just like you plan to.
The only downside here is that you cannot ftp to these drives without them being connected to/mounted on, a computer. Other drives have ftp servers built-in, but these are not your 'normal' drives, rather more along the lines of NASs, and are more complicated as well as more expen$ive. If you have no idea about which I am talking here, then it is not a concern. Even if you are aware of the above topic, I would still recommend the TimeCapsules. Especially when you can find them refurb'd on Apple's site.
- Answered by Ernest H. R from Basking Ridge
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Can I partition The Airport Time Capsule? I was thinking 1 for my backup, 1 for my wife's, and a third for streaming media. Suggestions?
- Asked by Claus R from New York
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Can I use this just to store photos
- Asked by Andrew W
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yes you can!
- Answered by Marc R from Orlando
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What modem recommended for ADSL 2 ?
I have an ADSL 2 line. This device is a router, right? Any recommended modem that does the Time Capsule justice ?
- Asked by Johan R from Auckland
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Apple doesn't recommend specific ADSL modems for use with the base station. Any standard ADSL modem with an Ethernet port should be compatible (you cannot connect the modem to the base station via USB). If you're not able to use the AirPort with a particular ADSL modem/configuration, it is unlikely that you would be able to use any other wireless base station with that modem and configuration.
I personally use an ASUS DSL-N55U-B.
- Answered by Tristan B from Cranbourne East
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If my Wifi interface lists 802.11 a/b/g/n as what I have, will this AirPort Time Capsule work with my Mac? I am running on OS El Capitan 10.11.6.
- Asked by Kimberly S from Waukesha
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Hi, I would like to know if the new airport Time Capsule (2TB) can be used as a network/wireless repeater?
My room is a bit far from my wireless router and I don't get the best signal. I was hoping to use the time capsule as a network/wireless repeater in my room if possible.
- Asked by Rahul T from Townsville
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Yes, when using the admin program on a Mac, you have that option to extend a wifi network.
Absolutely! The Airport Utility will helo you set it up as an extender. I currently am using a 5th Gen. Extreme with a 4th Gen. Extreme and 2nd. Gen Express as extenders.
- Answered by Christopher F from Whitney Point
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No. Just one of the many things some of us wish were configurable on Airports. The hardware is nice, works well, and is pretty easy to configure and maintain. But in some ways it is really lame. This is one of those ways.
- Answered by Randolph W from Roswell
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Can multiple computers back-up to AirPort?
Can one AirPort be back-up for both me and my bf's computers? Not sure if it matters, but I have a new MacBook Air and he has a 2 year old Euro MacBook Pro.
- Asked by Eve S from Brooklyn
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Yes, you can backup multiple Macs to one airport.
- Answered by Troy K from South Portland
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