Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB
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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
- 02 4, 14
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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.
How good is this version of TC at preventing overheating? I have an older one that overheats and crashes every couple of days.
Older versions of TC overheat and crash. Does this one work better?
- Asked by Simon S from Newbury
- 05 15, 17
- Flag as inappropriate (How good is this version of TC at preventing overheating? I have an older one that overheats and crashes every couple of days.)
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has ethernet cable connection between time capsule and imac priority over WIFI connection
At the time my iMac gets its Internet access over WLAN of a Router/modem.
The connection between airport TimeCapsule and the iMac is also wireless.
After updating to Sierra (coincidence?) I get very often the message that the backup on the TimeCapsule is corrupt, and time machine initiates a new backup. I want to try the next backup over a cable connection between the Computer and the TimeCapsule.
1. What happens if I connect my iMac 27 2012 to the Airport Time capsule per Ethernet cable, but the WLAN on the iMac remains active? Will the connection between the iMac and the TC be through cable or through WLAN?
2. Will the iMac WLAN function?
- Asked by Dimitar L
- 05 16, 17
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Can I back up two separate Macs using Time Machine?
i.e. will it support two instances of Time Machine so both Macs can independently backup to the Time Capsule?
- Asked by Josh H
- 06 20, 13
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Yes, the Time Capsule will do this without any setup differences of any kind. Once you establish a connection by entering in the Time Capsule's drive password, then the rest is just the same as backing up the first Mac.
I have two Macs that I am backing up, and found it incredibly simple.
- Answered by Shawn F from Riverside
- 07 23, 13
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Will I need to keep Time Capsule hardwired to my cable modem via an ethernet cable at all times? That's going to require a very long cable.....
Can I backup my iPhone with time capsule?
Using a home Wi-Fi, am I able to back up my apple device to the time capsule?
- Asked by Maurice J from Newark
- 08 14, 14
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bad, no Apple APP existing to backup mobile devices at time capsule. .... many users asking for it.
iCloud is one way, .... but costs extra.
to backup ipad/iphone use iTunes, ... and than backup your mac at time capsule.
- Answered by Burckhard L
- 05 21, 15
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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
- 07 11, 16
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No hard drive will last for 100 years. It is probably flash memory that you are seeing that quoted on, but that will come in much smaller capacities (typically 8GB-64GB) and a much higher cost-per-gigabyte than the Time Capsule, and of course, do not include a fairly high end wireless router.
Hard drives have an average lifespan of approximately 5 years, but there are plenty of outliers, with some lasting 10 years and some only 10 minutes. And of course, the Time Capsule also contains a wireless router, which in itself will probably only last 3-5 years of continuous usage. That is why the recommendation for backups is always to have multiple backups, and preferably, to have at least one backup "offsite" (that is, not in the same physical location as your other backups), as the odds of multiple backups failing simultaneously is vanishingly small.
- Answered by Andrew R from Victoria
- 06 19, 13
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Can I use the USB drive to watch movies on my Samsung SmartTV?
- Asked by Victor H from Petaling Jaya
- 07 25, 13
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Yes, I do it frequently.
- Answered by Richard T from Glendale
- 04 22, 14
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how long is the warranty on Airport Time Capsule - 2T
I just purchased the new Airport Time Capsule and i was wondering what kind of warranty comes with it and can I buy a extended warranty?
- Asked by Joseph M from Cape Coral
- 07 8, 13
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The TimeCapsule is warranted for one year, unless you have an AppleCare protection plan, purchased on a qualifying Apple product, in which case the following applies: "The AirPort device or Time Capsule must be purchased up to two years before your Mac purchase or during the term of your AppleCare Protection Plan coverage." (copied from the AppleCare protection page, footnote 2)
- Answered by Gary P from Boynton Beach
- 07 21, 13
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Can I connect a printer to my time capsule using WPS?
I have a Canon Pixma wireless printer that can only connect to WiFi via WPS. I have a Time Capsule 2TB router. I do not see a WPS button on it. Is there a way to trigger the WPS functionality via some other means? In other words: without using a USB cable, because that is connected to my wife's desktop PC, how can I virtually press a WPS button on my Time Capsule to connect the printer to my apple network?
- Asked by Bob R from West Valley City
- 07 5, 16
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Open the Airport Utility app on your Mac. Click on the Time Capsule that shows connected to the Internet, in the Airport Utility window once it is open. Just click the Time Capsule icon one time. Then on the menu bar click on Base Station and under that menu you will "Add WPS Printer."
- Answered by Aaron S from Independence
- 10 19, 16
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do i need a modum if i have a time capsule
time capsule setup
- Asked by Daniel W from Uraidla
- 04 8, 17
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Yes the Time Capsule connects to your modem
The modem is what's creating the internet connection the Tome Capsule is taking that internet connection and broadcasting it wirelessly.
- Answered by Evelyn M from Brentwood
- 04 9, 17
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What voltage does the Airport Time Capsule power supply support? I.e. Can a time capsule bought in the US (110V) support europeans votages?Best Answer:
100-240V AC, 50-60Hz; input current: 1.5 amp
It is good worldwide you just need an adapter for the plug.
No, use a separate power injector.
- Answered by Frederic L
- 10 8, 13
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Extending a wifi-network with TC
I have an Airport Express and am buying an Airport Time Capsule, can I connect the Time Capsule to the modem as my main router, and then put the Express upstairs to extend the WiFi range and not have it physically connected to the modem or the Airport Time Capsule - just plugged in somewhere? Thanks
- Asked by Marla R from Essex
- 11 27, 13
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Yes, It's perfect for that. I've used two Express units, one as the base and main wireless router and turned the second into an extender. Very easy to do, I set aside an hour for the task, I was done in about five minutes. You just have to have the two devices next to each other for pairing, then unplug your extender and move it to another location within range of the base unit. Be mindful these devices communicate with each other via radio waves, if there is a brick wall or other dense barrier (multiple walls) between, you can loose signal strength. Sometimes it takes a little time to get the best position. Hope that helps.
- Answered by Matt G from Crockett
- 12 17, 13
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how does iPhone interface with airport time capsule
- Asked by Matthew B from Lemont
- 01 4, 15
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You can install an "Airport Utility" App on your iPhone and configure your network from there. If you plan to backup your iPhone to the Time Capsule - this doesn't work, unfortunately. Ok, it may work with some tweaking (let's say you could sync all your files through a computer onto the Time Capsule drive), but it won't just work out-of-the-box.
- Answered by Christoph R from Princeton
- 01 17, 15
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Can I use time capsule for iTunes and iPhoto libraries
I have a macbook and macbook pro which are both used independently. I would like to use a time capsule to store files and iTunes and iPhoto libraries. What I am looking to achieve is to be able to stream wirelessly my files between either of the computers and access iTunes and iPhoto from either machine. The majority of hard drive space would then be freed up on both machines and for no loss of service. I would think that playlists and albums would be unaffected by this change. Any advice would be gratefully received. Many thanks
- Asked by Alan T
- 11 27, 15
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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
- 07 27, 13
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Yes, you can backup multiple Macs to one airport.
- Answered by Troy K from South Portland
- 08 18, 13
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Can the hard-drive do double-duty doing TimeMachine back-ups of my computers and also store lots of files to free up hard disk space on my laptop?
I bought the 3TB model so I could wirelessly back up my computers, but I need to know if the same hard drive can do double-duty as a TimeMachine back-up system AND networkable storage for files that can be accessed by each of my computers on the network. I want to free up space on my laptop but I don't want to lose the files. I would like to know if the hard drive in the 3TB model will be usable for all the files from two notebooks and one desktop, and still store additional files that may be accessed by each of my computers from time to time?
- Asked by Barry L from Deerfield Beach
- 01 6, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (Can the hard-drive do double-duty doing TimeMachine back-ups of my computers and also store lots of files to free up hard disk space on my laptop?)
I do exactly that...
I have created a movies directory and copied all videos onto it. That directory is visible to all computers.
I also backup 2 macbooks to the same drive.
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
- 01 31, 17
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