Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 3TB
542 Questions from the Community
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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It backs up everything stored locally inside your computer.
No, you can have the airports linked together by going to Airport Utility on your Mac and link it up. You don't need a cable. :)
- Answered by Michael L from Barrie
- 05 31, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (does multiple airports relay wifi signal around a large house/houses or do they need to be connected via cable?)
Can I use my AirPort Time Capsule as a wireless access point?
My house is wired with ethernet jacks everywhere but my Xfinity router/cable modem combo isn't strong enough. I would like to know if I can set up the Time Capsule as a Wireless Access Point for the current network. As a separate question, I would also like to know how to set up the Time Capsule as a separate Wifi network in the house (new name/password) using the Airport Time Capsule. How do I do that as well?
- Asked by Jeffrey W from Los Altos
- 04 20, 16
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can i use this as my comcast xfinity router
I ordered Comcast's internet service but I plan to purchase my own router. can I use an airport Time capsule as the router without another device?
- Asked by Nicholas L from Chicago
- 03 15, 15
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There are two different items here, though.
You first need a cable modem connected to your physical Comcast cable and essentially "receive" your internet service. Then, if you want to add wi-fi capability, you need a router. This device (Airport Extreme or Time Capsule) will fill the second roll of wi-fi router, but it will not serve as the cable modem.
You will either need to rent a cable modem from Comcast or purchase your own cable modem, then you could connect this device to the cable modem to give you wi-fi.
- Answered by Anthony W from Brigham City
- 03 24, 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 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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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
- Flag as inappropriate (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?)
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.
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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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
- Flag as inappropriate (will i face some issue using it with my MacBook pro 2011(early) airport antenna...?)
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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Does the AirPort Time Capsule function as an AirPort base station, in addition to wireless storage? Does Airport Extreme have additional features?
I need an AirPort base station, but I am leaning toward the Time Capsules instead of the Extreme. Is the Time Capsule missing any features that are offered with the Extreme.
- Asked by Michael M from Princeton
- 06 11, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Does the AirPort Time Capsule function as an AirPort base station, in addition to wireless storage? Does Airport Extreme have additional features?)
The simple answer is: Time Capsule can do everything a Airport Extreme can do.
But there're two more things that worth noticing:
1. AirPort Express can stream iTunes music to external speakers via AirPlay, but neither AirPort Extreme nor AirPort Time Capsule can do this.
2. Both AirPort Time Capsule and Airport Extreme support connecting to a USB hard drive, which means if you connect a hard drive to an Airport Extreme then it will work similar to AirPort Time Capsule.
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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Does the Time Capsule only work when plugged into a modem or does it work plugged into a router/Ethernet plug on the wall?
I'm a college student and there's campus Wi-Fi all over and in my building. I was considering Time Capsule to improve my Wi-Fi capability and to have a place to back up my MacBook Pro via Time Machine. There's no router or modem in my dorm room but there is an Ethernet port in the wall that I can plug an Ethernet cord into. Can I use Time Capsule by plugging it into the Ethernet plugin on the wall? Or does it not work like that. Also, even if that does work, because we're all on the same Wi-Fi network with different usernames and passwords to log us into the Wi-Fi, could someone else potentially have access to my Time Capsule and could they access the things on my Time Capsule or backup their own computer? Thanks!
- Asked by Michael K from Pacific Palisades
- 06 1, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (Does the Time Capsule only work when plugged into a modem or does it work plugged into a router/Ethernet plug on the wall?)
You can use the time capsule by plugging it into the ethernet jack in the wall, thats the kind of set up I've got. This will create your own WIFI network which you can password protect, and you'll probably find this to be faster than campus WIFI.
With regards to accessing files stored on the Time Capsule, you can password protect the disk within the capsule itself, this means that for anyone to access your files, they would need both your WIFI password and your disk password.
Hope this helps you
Yes you can. Also you can stream directly on Mac and iPhone/iPad via apps like Infuse.
- Answered by Faisal I from New York
- 03 15, 15
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is the output ethernet signal from the time capsule slower than the input
The Input ethernet signal is over 50Mb/sec but the output signal from any of the three output jacks is around 10Mb/sec
- Asked by George S from Aptos
- 12 30, 16
- Flag as inappropriate (is the output ethernet signal from the time capsule slower than the input)
If I am understanding you, the question you are asking is if the signal sent out to the internet is always lower than the download signal from the internet. Short answer: YES. The upload/download speeds are determined by your internet service provider.
- Answered by Kent M from Tucson
- 01 7, 17
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