Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 3TB
542 Questions from the Community
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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Does early 2013 iMac support 802.11ac wifi?
i bought the new iMac back in April 2013. do they support 802.11ac wifi?
- Asked by Thuyain A from Colchester
- 06 12, 13
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The new macbook air and mac pro will support 802.11AC but the early 2013 does not have the new chipset for AC
- Answered by Tyler S from Boise
- 06 13, 13
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Does AirPort Time Capsule support QoS by MAC or physical port number?
My VOIP box really needs this feature to ensure it gets the proper bandwidth. I've read that at least older Time Capsules lacked this feature. What about this latest version?
- Asked by Lance H from Austin
- 01 30, 14
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According to Apple product specialists, the newest versions of both the Airport and Time Capsule models do NOT include support for QoS. Es posible en el futuro.
- Answered by Steven E from Gainesville
- 05 3, 14
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The WAN port is for your Wide Area Network which is just a long name for the ethernet cable port that you plug your internet modem into. The LAN port is for devices on your Local Area Network. Just remember your modem goes in the WAN port and everything else that isnt wireless goes into one of the LAN ports.
- Answered by Jared B from San Diego
- 11 10, 13
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New TC support multicast ? (not in bridged mode)
I have a TC from 2 years ago and was working wonderfully as a replacement plugged into my OpenReach Fibre Modem.
However I picked up YoviewTV recently and the TC I have does not support Multicast (only in bridge mode), so had to revert to my basic PlusNet provided router, subsequently losing up to 10mb on speed.
Does this new TC support multicast ?
- Asked by Roly A from Thatcham
- 10 1, 16
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Does it have RAID capability?
based on provided specification I'm unable to find if it have two discs and if it is possible to use them in RAID.
- Asked by Martin C from Beroun
- 06 12, 13
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The TC has only a single drive installed, so no RAID functionality.
- Answered by Sascha W from Fenton
- 06 15, 13
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is airport time capsule compatible with NBN
- Asked by Marc-paul T from Tweed Heads South
- 11 6, 16
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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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Is it a hard drive? So i can save my pictures or videos?
- Asked by Mohammad S from Dubai
- 12 1, 16
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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
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I use two Airport Time Capsules in the same house as access points for two different floors?)
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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can I use a 3TB HDD to back up my airport time capsule 3TB?
- Asked by Thomas C K from Buckhannon
- 04 9, 17
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You would have to use an externally powered usb hub to connect the devices into the Time Capsule
- Answered by Tyler S from Boise
- 06 13, 13
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I want to buy a new AirPort Time Capsule. Can I set up the old one offsite, & backup there too, for absolute redundancy?
- Asked by Craig M from Wilston
- 11 12, 15
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Does the AirPort Time Capsule include parental controls?
Does the AirPort Time Capsule include parental controls, which allow filtering of websites and content by keywords and / or by internet rating systems? Because I will add a NAS to my network, I am considering replacing my existing wireless router with a Time Capsule but, to do so, the router function of the Time Capsule must provide parental controls.
- Asked by Greg W from New Britain
- 06 21, 13
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Apple Time Capsule access controls are limited to time-based access controls (activated in the "Network" tab)
Traditionally, Apple Time Capsule (ATC) doesn't get into the business of Deep-Packet Inspection that would be required for "internet keywords". My 4th Gen does not have this feature (only has timed-access restrictions), and I don't see it mentioned in the firmware for the newer ME182LL. I do find it much more stable and performant than DPI-featuring routers.
- Answered by Allan C from White Rock
- 12 2, 14
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Does the Airport/Time Capsule Support Remote Access from the Internet. DDNS, Dynamic DNS, Wide area Bonjour,
Hi, I have seen others ask questions on DDNS - I am not so worried about DDNS specifically (although this would seem the most sensible way to support this capability).
Is there ANY way from the device itself? (not a Mac, PC or something else sat behind it) to allow remote connection from the internet back into the device. For instance to remote access the time capsule, access a device such as an IP Camera etc. I do not have a static IP address fomr my ISP so I need some way to broadcast this via a dynamic DNS service or other method that you can provide, but it needs to be form the router as I do not have a Mac or PC or other device permanently left 'on' behind the Airport.
- Asked by Neil G from Winter Park
- 06 26, 13
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You need to test coverage as the TC unit has 6 antennas inside designed to work upright. Putting it on it's side might limit your coverage.
- Answered by Frederic L
- 10 8, 13
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- Answered by Christopher B from San Antonio
- 06 13, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Do the new Airport Extreme and Time Capsule have a security slot for a cable lock?)