Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 3TB
577 Questions from the Community
Can I use time capsule for back up only, without operating router, and utilize another modem/router for internet access?
- Asked by Richard B from Black Hawk
- 09 11, 18
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Yes, technically, the hard drive is removable from the Time Capsule. You can get a SATA to USB adapter to connect the hard drive to a Mac if you need to restore information.
- Answered by Dylan H from Monroe Township
- 08 5, 18
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Can I use the airport time capsule to also backup my iPad and iPhone
- Asked by Michael P from Valley Park
- 07 21, 13
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Yes you can backup your iOS device, but only through your Mac. Backup your iOS device to your Mac regularly and backup your Mac to your Time Machine regularly. That is also free as opposed to buying iCloud storage for backups.
- Answered by Buford N from Renton
- 11 15, 14
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I already have a wi-fi network, can I use the Time Capsule as storage alone?
We just purchased a new router, so I do not need wi-fi ... I do however need extra space for dvds that I have loaded on my mac. Am I able to use the Time Capsule for storage? will my apple tv be able to play my movies?
- Asked by Brandon K from Pewaukee
- 10 25, 13
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With the Sierra update in december 2016 Apple destroyed all possibilities of using Time Capsule for storage as a file sever in a network. I had four long calls with Apple Care and was finally connected to the senior level. They informed me that Apple has never supported the use of Time Capsule as a file server.
In the 10.12.2 version of Sierra the system no longer recognizes in which program a file has been created. There is no way to open a document while it is stored on the drive of the Time Capsule. Apple Care's recommendation was to move every file that I wanted to open to my desktop. They apparently never have tried to produce anything in a network environment where files are linked to other sources in the same location – Time Capsule.
I solved the problem by restoring 10.12.1, and can continue working normally. Apple Care says that some update in the future will most likely solve the problem that they have created for Apple customers. No promises about when.
- Answered by Mark O
- 01 11, 17
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This is why I decided to get the Airport Time Capsule. I have my entire iTunes library and iPhoto library on there - going on two years now. You can access the disk by clicking 'Option' when you open iTunes or iPhoto and choosing the Airport for your drive.
- Answered by Sumita A from Cleves
- 05 31, 18
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Can AirPort Capsule be used as an external wireless hard drive separate to Time Machine?
Can I save content directly to the Capsule, or does it only backup what is saved on my Mac device?
I want to back up my MacBook Air via Time Machine on my Time Capsule, but I would also like to put files such as photos & music onto an external hard drive (hopefully Airport Capsule) & not leave on my computer.
- Asked by Larry P from Cedar
- 11 3, 13
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In Finder there is a new list right under Devices when connected to the AirPort. It is labelled Shared and you should see your Time Capsule's name listed there. When you click it, it will go to the hard drive and you can treat it the same way you would with a USB external hard drive. Dont forget, the more data your Time Machine backup takes, the less free space you will have to use as an external hard drive.
- Answered by Jared B from San Diego
- 11 10, 13
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so I need to update software on Airport Time Capsule
- Asked by Jared K from Scottsdale
- 06 19, 18
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does the time capsule have to be plugged into the internet modem
- Asked by Walt F from Dardenne Prairie
- 01 18, 15
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Yes, you use an ethernet cord and plug one end into the #1 port of the modem, and plug the other end into the bottom ethernet port of the Time Capsule. If your modem is a modem/router you will need to have your ISP bridge the modem so you can use it as modem only using your own router (Time Capsule).
- Answered by Herbert G from Osteen
- 06 27, 18
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Can I back up my PC to Time Capsule
I am slowly converting the house to Apple. I still have my last PC as my main home computer. It has the bulk of all my files, pictures, etc. Can I back it up to Time Capsule? I eventually will break that computer down as the kids get older and everyone ends up with laptops. Thanks for the help.
- Asked by Rocky L from Katy
- 08 21, 13
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Yes, you can download an airport utility app from Apple.com that work with Windows PC's.
- Answered by Herbert G from Osteen
- 06 27, 18
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does airport time capsule require a separate modem to connect with century link internet
- Asked by Linda E from Lino Lakes
- 06 27, 18
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- Asked about: AirPort Extreme
This is a common question around routers and internet providers.
The simple answer is YES you need a second router from you or your internet provider to make this work.
You can purchase or request a router that can do both tasks.
It would be my suggestion to use the century link router as merely a bridge to the internet. This simplifies its task of serving the internet connection. Then use the Airport to manage all of your personal network settings. This has an advantage of being able to move between providers without having to change your personal network.
So let's say you move locations or switch providers. If your Airport is configured correctly you can just plug it into the incoming ethernet cable from the new location or new providers router and you're home/personal network is there just the same as before no new wifi, no new setup for routing internal to external or even having to enter the new wifi password in every device you use on wifi.
So I hope this help and clarifies your question for you.
- Answered by Tristan C from Oviedo
- 07 3, 18
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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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Is the AirPort Time Capsule compatible with Windows 10?
- Asked by Michael T from San Diego
- 05 24, 18
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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
- 04 22, 16
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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
- 05 27, 16
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Extend network using TC w/ non-Apple router
I have a wifi network right now running off a non-Apple router (Linksys I think, but I'm not home right now to check). The router is in the living room and I have no signal in my bedroom, which is where I would want to set up the TC. Can I set the TC up as a network extender and still use it for a Time Machine backup unit?
- Asked by James K from San Clemente
- 05 22, 18
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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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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
- 08 22, 13
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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.
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 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
- 10 14, 14
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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
- 12 2, 14
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