Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 3TB
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Can I Play Media VIA Time Capsule (Movies/Music) instead of storing on MacBook Pro.
Hi All ,
I own a 250gb HD Macbook Pro , Apple Airport Express & Apple TV (including iPhone 5 and 6 and iPad 2). I love the peace of mind watching my iTunes Library via apple TV.
My MacBook Pro is full and want to know if i can store files on the Time Capsule (Movies/Music) and access via apple TV... In a nutshell , can i play movie files from the Time Capsule. Because this will free up a lot of space on my hard drive.
I Also have Phillips Hue which is amazing.
- Asked by Samuel L from Clare
- 04 18, 15
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I'm not sure if you can play from the Time Capsule but you can keep your iTunes library on the Time Capsule and you'll still have access to it with all you Apple IOS devices, including your AppleTV. So, if there's a movie you want to watch and don't want to stream it you can access from iTunes and download it onto your Mac/iPad/iPhone, etc and screen share it with your Apple TV. Alternatively, your iTunes library should be accessible from your Apple TV. I know all my movies show up automatically on mine. I've never checked the music library but I doubt it's a problem.
If you want to store your library on your Time Capsule, copy your iTunes folder from your Mac onto your TimeCapsule. Once you've done that you can have Time Capsule be the default home for your library by going into iTunes preferences/Advanced and change the location of your iTunes library to iTunes/iTunes Media folder on your Time Capsule.
Hope that helps
- Answered by Robert G from Anacortes
- 05 5, 15
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Can I backup my Time Capsule using Time Machine with an ethernet cord or USB cord instead of backing up wirelessly?
I am buying a steel gun safe that will prevent wireless access to my time capsule for backups, but it has a USB/Ethernet cable port that I could plug into my Mac from the safe. My questions is would I still be able to do the automatic backups using the hard wire (Ethernet/USB) or will time capsule only backup wirelessly?
- Asked by Courtney H from Pike Road
- 12 1, 14
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It does not matter if your connection to the Time Capsule is via ethernet or wireless. As long as the two devices are part of the same network your Mac will be able to see it and subsequently backup.
- Answered by Matthew P from Shrewsbury
- 12 9, 14
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can i connect external HDD(seagate-2TB) to the Airport Time Capsule
- Asked by Vinay Krishna A from Hyderabad
- 06 19, 16
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Yes, you can. We plug a small portable HDD into the back via USB so we can take files and backups with us when we leave the house.
- Answered by Carrie S from Riverside
- 09 26, 16
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Can i use the Time Capsule only as a backup via wifi with my present linksys router and not use the Time Capsule as a router.Best Answer:
This is an excellent question, and the prior response did not answer it. There are many good reasons why you might want to wirelessly back up one or more Macs to the Airport Time Capsule, but not be using the Time Capsule for your primary WiFi source. Yes, you can have the Time Capsule "join" an existing WiFi network. Can you then back up your Macs to it, when both the Time Capsule and the Macs are on a different WiFi source? The answer is not apparent from the setup guide or specifications.
- Answered by Gary H from Pinehurst
- 06 26, 14
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i already have the older 4th gen version of the time capsule. Can i transfer from the older version to the new version without losing any data ?
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Can I use the time capsule as a iTunes server
- Asked by Carlos B from Rockaway
- 07 7, 13
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Is the time capsule hard drive ssa? Solid state flash?
- Asked by Michael S from Pleasant Hill
- 01 25, 14
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No. The hard drive is around 7200 rpm normal SATA. If it is SSD, the airport would cost A LOT!!!!
- Answered by Michael L from Barrie
- 05 31, 14
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can i use my 2TB airport time capsule as an external hard drive?
- Asked by Maximo Jr V from Mahopac
- 01 25, 14
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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
- 01 31, 17
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It backs up everything stored locally inside your computer.
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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How to install time capsule
Already have a wireless router supplied by Verizon how do I install time capsule?
- Asked by Margaret H from Jamaica
- 05 31, 14
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You're going to need a CAT5 ethernet cable to go from the router to the Time Capsule. To configure settings like name and password of the capsule, you're going to need either a PC, Mac, or iOS device. You download the AirPort utility for PC from Apple's website or the App store on the iOS device. The Mac has it pre-installed.
- Answered by Jesse H from Clarence Center
- 07 25, 14
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In addition to Time Machine from networked Macs, can I use this to back up an external drive connected to the Time Capsule via USB?
I currently use a Seagate hard drive to store all my family photos and videos and am concerned with a drive failure occurring. I would like to attach this Seagate drive to the new AirPort Time Capsure and have the Seagate backed up to the TIme Capsule. Is this possible? My goal is redundancy. Thanks!
- Asked by Joshua G from Brooklyn
- 07 22, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (In addition to Time Machine from networked Macs, can I use this to back up an external drive connected to the Time Capsule via USB?)
Yes! I just did it. You can connect an external hard drive and use the built-in time capsule HD! It will give you the option of alternating between the two for back ups. Redundancy it is!
- Answered by Tony G from Little Rock
- 12 3, 13
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I'm still on Snow Leopard OS on my Mac and want to use this new Time Capsule to do a full backup BEFORE upgrading to Mountain Lion OS X. Can I do it?
Snow Leopard compatibility / I have not any Mac running Mountain Lion yet
Can I combine two wifi routers
If I have a large home with two wifi routers, if I make one of them be the Airport Time capsule can I link the two together as one system with just one logon for wifi. Or I guess the question is can I make the other router a extension of the Airport Time capsule
- Asked by William S from Katy
- 10 16, 15
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Does everyone in the house need to use the new network from the Time Capsule?
- Asked by Megen B from North Hollywood
- 03 18, 16
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Nope. In my case, I have a DSL Modem, which also is a router. Because it's a router it too is an available network that can be used. Also, I have a Network Extender in my home, giving me two additional networks. Any computer or network device (smart phone, tablet, etc.) can use any one of the networks I have. All your devices should show, and thus make available to choose, all available networks, including the Time Capsule.
- Answered by Robert G from Anacortes
- 03 19, 16
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Does the Time Capsule support link aggregation?
Is it possible to bond or link two or three of the Ethernet (not WAN) ports into a single link for increased bandwidth and access speed?
- Asked by Jordan H from Edmonton
- 03 9, 17
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Can I use my time capsule for wifi and cancel my cable wifi?
- Asked by Wendy D from Woodbury
- 02 3, 17
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You can use the time capsule to broadcast a wifi signal, but you will need to maintain your internet service with your current provider. If you "cancel" your cable wifi, you will no longer have internet service to feed into your time capsule. If your internet service provider supplied a modem/wifi router with your service, and you want to replace it with the time capsule, you would need to purchase a modem that is compatible with your internet service provider, then hook your coax cable into it. Then, you would hook your time capsule to the modem via ethernet cable. So, the setup looks like this: Coax Cable > Modem > Time Capsule
- Answered by Jeremy G from Fresno
- 02 15, 17
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What is the best way to do the initial back up with these devices? What is the average time to do the first initial backup?
How do others do the initial backup? How long does it take to do it wirelessly? I would have hoped for a Thunderbolt port for this very use case.
- Asked by Christopher W from Washington
- 06 11, 13
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For an initial backup, the best results will come from a direct connection via Ethernet.
First turn off wifi on the computer.
Attach the computer via Ethernet to one of the free Ethernet ports.
Set up your Time Machine appropriately and set it running.
Leave it overnight to complete, best to do this end of the day.
You may have to leave it, depending on the size of the internal drive on the Mac, sometime into the next day.
will i face some issue using it with my MacBook pro 2011(early) airport antenna...?
- Asked by Johnny L from Rio De Janeiro
- 06 12, 13
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The new Time Capsule uses Wireless AC, while your MacBook Pro has Wireless N. The Time Capsule will be fully compatible with older wireless standards (even really old ones), however you will not see any significant improvement to your wireless connection/performance compared to a Wireless N Time Capsule unless you are also using a device that has Wireless AC.
In other words, with your computer this new Time Capsule will give you no significant benefit over the old one in terms of wireless performance/reliability. You will likely find that the last-gen Time Capsules will be going for a discounted price while they are being cleared out of various resellers, so if you're in the market for one you may want to consider picking an older one up. Of course, in the next few years you may end up with a wireless device that *is* wireless AC, in which case you might benefit at that point from having the Wireless AC router, so it's up to you whether you want to "future proof" and go for the new model or save a few bucks on the old model.
- Answered by Andrew R from Victoria
- 06 19, 13
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