Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB
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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 an external hard drive with the Time Capsule as a separate time machine?
I have an iMac with a 1TB fusion Drive and a Macbook Air with a 128GB SSD. I want to use the Time Capsule to back up my iMac and i want to use an external drive connected to the time capsule to back up my macbook air using time machine.
- Asked by Corin G
- 07 22, 13
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Yes, Time Machine now allows multiple hard drives and time capsules.
- Answered by Frederic L
- 10 8, 13
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Can I use Airport Extreme as wifi for use with xFinity Xi5 wireless tv box?
Have weak signal from xFinity supplied gateway. I already have AE latest generation. Wondering if I deactivate xfinity wifi signal and use AE instead.
- Asked by Michael S from Acworth
- 09 16, 17
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difference between time machine and time capsule
- Asked by Natashia B from Bombala
- 02 8, 15
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Time Machine is a software program you can use to backup your mac to an external hard drive.
Airport Time Capsule is a physical device that you plug in at your home/office & it offers fully automated backup for computers on your Wi-FI network. The Time Capsule is also a fully featured Airport Extreme base Station that provides simultaneous dual-band wireless networking using the 802.11ac specification.
- Answered by Mike M from Towson
- 05 20, 15
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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
- 12 14, 14
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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
- 10 11, 15
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What do the different model numbers mean
ME182B/A and MD033B/A what is the difference?
- Asked by Rosemary C
- 05 11, 15
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Ordering this thing gets you the newest version (MD826AM/A) and not the ZM/A version. March 2016
- Answered by Margot M from Boca Raton
- 08 8, 16
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How to access photo from Apple airport time capsule using iPad Air 2
Is there a way to access photos from my 3T Apple airport time capsule using my iPad Air 2?
- Asked by Ramesh P from Bartlett
- 06 2, 15
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Yes, I do this with my Time Capsule, just download an app onto your iPad called 'FileExplorer' and you'll be able to access and play/view save any file which is saved on your capsule. There are 2 versions of the app - i use the free one which will allow you to access most files but you may wish to go for the paid version.
hope this helps you
- Answered by Aaron B
- 06 11, 15
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using flash router + vpn with time capsule, what is best set-up for proper through fair when connecting FR to Lan port? Any tweaks?
Can ports be changed that it uses? Can I give it more bandwidth for better flow?
- Asked by Joseph E K from Owensboro
- 12 9, 17
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is it safe to browse with open wifi using the airport time capsule?
- Asked by Carol R from Alburgh
- 11 27, 17
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"It’s also a full-featured Wi-Fi base station with the latest 802.11ac technology and simultaneous dual-band support."
- Answered by Peter N from Germantown
- 02 24, 15
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Can an AirPort Time Capsule be used as a modem?
I'm looking to switch the network provider because of some reasons: price, performance, and device. I pay
I pay $59.47 per month get only maximum speed of downlaod up to 12 Mbps, upload 1.5 Mbps.
Wondering if I the AirPort Time Capsule can be used as a modem and wireless router and to boost up performance for my network provider?
- Asked by Serey Wathna S from Houston
- 03 8, 15
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negative it will not work with a direct isp connection....
- Answered by Marcus B from Chandler
- 06 9, 15
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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 long is the warranty on this product?
How long is the warranty on this product?
- Asked by Preetraj S from Prospect
- 06 15, 13
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As with all Apple products 1-year. You can only extend the warranty if you purchase, at the same time, a Mac with an AppleCare Protection Plan.
'The AppleCare Protection Plan provides up to three years of additional hardware service options, both parts and labour, from Apple-authorised technicians around the world.
What’s covered — Mac
Your Mac computer
Included accessories such as the power adapter
Apple memory (RAM)
AirPort Express Base Station, AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule3
Apple USB SuperDrive (for MacBook Air, MacBook Pro with Retina display, iMac and Mac mini)
Apple display purchased with your Mac'
- Answered by Andrew C
- 07 8, 13
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do i need to use a router with airport time capsule?
- Asked by Robert F from South Boston
- 11 7, 14
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The airport Time Capsue is a router. You will need a modem though.
- Answered by Robert G from Anacortes
- 11 28, 14
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are there POE on the ethernet LAN ports ?
I want to connect a POE enabled device to one of the LAN ports.
- Asked by Steve H N C
- 12 29, 14
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No it does not do PoE. However you could buy a external POE inline power injector - you need it for a specific use case.
- Answered by Marcus B from Chandler
- 06 9, 15
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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.
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
- 11 13, 15
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Can the Airport Time Capsule help me keep the same information, mirrored, continuously updated in real time, synchronised across two devices + airport
I would like to connect an Airport Time Capsule to maintain a backup and synchronise to two other devices; MacbookPro and IMac. I would like the same data maintained (mirrored) across the three locations; allowing me to use any device and then be able to access and update files easily from any other device: e.g. work on IMac and walk out of the door with my Macbook and for the same files to be ready. I do not want partitioned drives or any hassles moving files around between drives. There is sufficient space on all devices. I prefer to transfer files through hardwires and/or the wifi network, rather than any cloud device to avoid subscription costs.
Will this work, or will I risk adding more complexity to my life needing to manage my files across multiple devices? (someone mentioned the airport might need two partitioned areas of the drive: one for each device, which would be a hassle and not manageable).
Is there a better solution? To achieve easy access across all devices to same files, as well as maintain a backup.
Thank you in advance!Answer
It goes way beyond that. I have 4 macs connected to it and I can roll this system back almost 2 years backward on each one. It's a lot of memory. You won't see other files from other computers unless you search the drive directly it shows up like an accordion with a date bar to the right and you can scroll through the dates. its awesome.
Can I plug my computer directly into the Time Capsule
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- Asked by Tod I from San Jose
- 03 22, 14
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Yes. In fact the initial backup you need to do to start using Time Machine to back your Apple computer up to a TC, needs to be done via a wired connection due to the volume of data involved. As you see on the photos, it has multiple ethernet ports at the rear just like any wireless router.
- Answered by Liz M
- 04 30, 14
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