Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 3TB
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I would like to use two time capsules as wireless hard drives only. Can I transfer the same data to two time capsules at the same time? (Raid System)?
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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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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.
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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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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Does an external hard drive plugged into the AirPort Time Capsule shut off when not being accessed?
I would like to plug a 2 drive RAID enclosure into the USB port on the back of the Airport Time Capsule. I use the Time Capsule hard drive for backup, but would like a 2 drive RAID enclosure so I can store files shared by the computers on my network. In the past I have had external drives plugged into my desktop macs, and when the computer turns of the hard drive also turns off. I am curious because the router is always on, if no computers on the network are actively asking the drive I wonder if it goes into a sleep mode. I would like to leave the drive on at all times which is why I am asking about this.
- Asked by Galen H from New York
- 01 13, 14
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I have an older dual band wireless N airport extreme and it does spin down the single USB drive I have connected when it's not in use, so I would assume that the newer airports and time capsules would do the same.
That being said, depending on the RAID controller in the enclosure this auto spin down maybe overwritten or ignored by the raid controller.
Note: you will need it to be a hardware RAID, you cannot build a software raid on your computer and then reattach the drives to the airport/time capsule. It doesn't work, I tried.
- Answered by Austin P from Medford
- 01 24, 14
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Does the Time Capsule spin down the hard disk while idle?
Does the Time Capsule spin down the hard disk while not performing a backup? During typical operating conditions, what is the duty cycle of the hard disk?
- Asked by Ben K from Vancouver
- 10 16, 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
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.
Is airport time capsule UPnP capable?
- Asked by George S from Vancouver
- 03 28, 16
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Can AirPort Time Capsule be used as an external hard drive?
Can i save my data on it? Because i don't have enough space on Macbook.
- Asked by Benjamin O
- 08 14, 13
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You can but you have to partition the drive. Once done you can mount the partitioned section.
- Answered by Kenneth C from Corpus Christi
- 08 18, 13
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how long is the warranty on Airport Time Capsule - 2T
I just purchased the new Airport Time Capsule and i was wondering what kind of warranty comes with it and can I buy a extended warranty?
- Asked by Joseph M from Cape Coral
- 07 8, 13
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The TimeCapsule is warranted for one year, unless you have an AppleCare protection plan, purchased on a qualifying Apple product, in which case the following applies: "The AirPort device or Time Capsule must be purchased up to two years before your Mac purchase or during the term of your AppleCare Protection Plan coverage." (copied from the AppleCare protection page, footnote 2)
- Answered by Gary P from Boynton Beach
- 07 21, 13
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Is there a way to check the disk drive's condition or health?
The drive is starting to make some noise where it was virtually silent for three years. I'm concerned it might fail. I've restarted the drive a couple of times to verify the disk (as instructed by Apple) and no sign of a problem. Any suggestions?
- Asked by Bruce B from Westlake Village
- 08 17, 16
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Android Airport time capsule compatibility
I have a macbook pro and an Android mobile devices and wanted to know if airport time capsule will work as a storage and backup solution on Android.
I know it will work as a modem for internet access but will I be able to store my data and access it from my non apple devices?
- Asked by Omar N from Dayton
- 07 25, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (Android Airport time capsule compatibility)
Time Machine supports backup to more than one Time Capsule. So if the disk on one Time Capsule fails you still have the backup on another Time Capsule.
If you have access to two different physical locations and put one Time Capsule in each, in case of fire in one location that destroys both the Time Capsule there and a macbook being backuped, you still have the Time Capsule backup in the second location, even if that backup may not be up to date.
- Answered by H Hugo F
- 06 14, 15
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