Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 3TB
561 Questions from the Community
what is the newer version or generation
- Asked by Ariel B from Lake Worth
- 03 28, 16
- Flag as inappropriate (what is the newer version or generation)
Is there a AppleCare protection plan for the Time Capsule?
I've had an airport express which I loved but died an early death. One and a half years old... No noise, no warnings, no warranty, no fix. Just, gone.
Since this time capsule is way more expensive, I thought I should buy an extended warranty but... can't find one. Is there a way to peace of mind?
- Asked by Bruce S from Cedar Rapids
- 10 25, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Is there a AppleCare protection plan for the Time Capsule?)
There is no AppleCare for a Time Capsule, however AppleCare can protect your Time Capsule if you bought it at the same time as you purchased a Mac with AppleCare.
- Answered by Jennifer J from Wilmington
- 10 26, 13
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Why isn't there a Thunderbolt port on the new Time Capsule?
It would seem the fastest way to transfer data from a Time Machine backup to a Mac would be with a Thunderbolt cable. It seems counter intuitive to move large amounts of data from a 3TB back by USB 2 when Thunderbolt technology is clearly superior
- Asked by Jack K from Las Vegas
- 06 12, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Why isn't there a Thunderbolt port on the new Time Capsule?)
The USB will not transfer data from the internal hard drive. but the fastest way would be to get a thunderbolt to gigabit ethernet adapter and connect it into one of the 3 LAN ethernet ports to move information from the Time Capsule to the Computer or visa versa
- Answered by Tyler S from Boise
- 06 13, 13
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does it also work as a storage, ... or it only use for back-up.?
i am now using 15 retina macbook pro and i face with storage capacity. can Time capsule or airport Time capsule extend my storage ? or it only work on back up only.
- Asked by Natthawat T from Petaling Jaya Selangor Malaysia
- 06 14, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (does it also work as a storage, ... or it only use for back-up.?)
I use the Time Capsule to backup two Macs via Time Machine. I also have several folders that I use for backing up my Parallels data directory. It works just fine in both capacities as a NAS and as a Time Capsule. I don't know why the previous person answering was having difficulty in using it the same way.
- Answered by Shawn F from Riverside
- 07 23, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (does it also work as a storage, ... or it only use for back-up.?)
Yes. However, you will only be able to configure it initially on either your iPhone, Mac, or Windows PC running Apples Airport Utility Apps for those respective devices. All wifi devices that use AC or N and some with the G standard should be able to see it. Although I've noticed many of my older G wifi devices can't use or see it; I suspect they're just too old. Should be fine for Android and Windows alike though.
- Answered by Joey P from West Lafayette
- 11 13, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have Windows 8, Mac OS X, iPhone and Android in my household, will I be able to access the network drive on all devices?)
can I use this to backup my MacBook Pro and iPad and store my 24000 photos that are currently in iPhoto and are syncing on both my phone and computer?
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Can a time capsule be used as a boot drive, if the drive in the MacPro fails?
I need to know if Time Machine used in conjunction with a time capsule can be used as a boot drive if the mac pro it is being used to backup has a drive failure?
Or do I need to have a bootable backup on an external drive (besides the Time Capsule)?
- Asked by John H from Juneau
- 01 28, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (Can a time capsule be used as a boot drive, if the drive in the MacPro fails?)
airport time capsule 3T warranty period
- Asked by James R from Cumming
- 07 18, 15
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Can I use my AirPort Extreme to buff my verizon FIOS wifi?
- Asked by Bram H from Chevy Chase
- 09 14, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I use my AirPort Extreme to buff my verizon FIOS wifi?)
What is the number of people who can use this router at once?
We have an office with about 200 devices on the router simultaneously. Part of our work involves streaming video and / or uploading and downloading really, really large graphic files. Can this handle that?
- Asked by Jonathan B from Bedford
- 03 12, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (What is the number of people who can use this router at once?)
This is on the product information page:
Number of Users
- Answered by Troy K from Tallahassee
- 05 2, 15
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Can the time capsule be used as a sort of media hub
I'd like to store my large collection of ripped DVD's on the time capsule. Id like to set it up so that anyone on my network can watch the movies, and also would like to be able to easily stream the movies to my tv's. I have apple tv, was wondering if this product is suitable for what I'm trying to do.
- Asked by John D from Manhasset
- 09 17, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Can the time capsule be used as a sort of media hub)
If you can change the media format to be compatible with iTunes, you can set up your iTunes media folder to be located on your time capsule and then you can use it as a media hub. I do with mine, as long as my mac air is open, it homeshares to my Apple TV. Really fast too!
- Answered by Sharene M from South Toowoomba
- 09 25, 13
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will the time capsule allow ppoe connecting
i would like to use it in place of my router to login in to my isp
- Asked by Brian S from Vernal
- 09 7, 14
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what is the difference between IEEE 802.11ac and IEEE 802.11ac2
- Asked by Richard W from Royal Exchange
- 02 25, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (what is the difference between IEEE 802.11ac and IEEE 802.11ac2)
Wave 1 products have been in use in the market for about 2.5 years. Wave 2 builds upon Wave 1 with some very significant enhancements:
● Supports speeds to 2.34 Gbps (up from 1.3 Gbps) in the 5 GHz band
● Supports multiuser multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO)
● Offers the option of using 160-MHz-wide channels for greater performance
● Offers the option of using a fourth spatial stream for greater performance
● Can run in additional 5-GHz bands around the world
More details here.
APPLE AIRPORT EXTREME WORTH A BUY AS TRIED DOWNLOADING 660 MB file on NORMAL ROUTER AND AIRPORT EXTREME TIME WAS 1/4TH ON AIRPORT EXTREME WITH A FIBER CONNECTION AT 16MBbPS
it went so well that there was absolutely love at first sight. The next buy would obviously be when Apple picks up 802.11ad std that will change the as the throughput currently is less than 6Ghz but in ac2 it would increase to more than 60Ghz. That means what I experienced would be at the least quadrupled.
- Answered by Abhimaniyu B S from Gurgaon
- 08 9, 16
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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
Backing up multiple computers, does time machine need same total capacity as joint disk space? Or if not that much data is 2TB version ok?
We have a 2TB and a 1TB iMac plus a 500GB MacBook Pro that I'd like to set this up as a backup for. We don't have anywhere near that amount of data, but I know when I've had dedicated USB external hard drives for Time Machine it was supposed to have the same volume as the machine's hard drive. Trying to see if we can get away with the 2TB version for financial reasons...
- Asked by Laura B from Red Lodge
- 07 30, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Backing up multiple computers, does time machine need same total capacity as joint disk space? Or if not that much data is 2TB version ok?)
There is no easy answer. The short answer is, yes, it will pair with these devices for backups. However, the time range and number of backups will be limited as you accumulate more data. You will be able to use it, however, it will become unpractical as each of you computers hard drives fills up. I wouldn't recommend sharing it between more than 2 computers with large drives like yours.
- Answered by Joey P from West Lafayette
- 11 13, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Backing up multiple computers, does time machine need same total capacity as joint disk space? Or if not that much data is 2TB version ok?)
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
- Flag as inappropriate (Does an external hard drive plugged into the AirPort Time Capsule shut off when not being accessed?)
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
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Does an external hard drive plugged into the AirPort Time Capsule shut off when not being accessed?)
You could but unless you need some feature in the newer Time Capsule then that's probably not the most economical solution. You can add an external hard drive to your 1TB Time Capsule via the USB port.
- Answered by Colin L from Toronto
- 01 17, 16
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I own a 1TB time capsule and need more capacity. Do I buy the airport time capsule?)
Can I hookup a 2nd USB drive to act as a 2nd backup (that would be manually controlled)?
I've had a time machine in the past (well back when it was called that) - I know how these work....but we're dealing with 3-5 macs of data (which will quickly exceed the 3tb, despite all you naysayers - unless we spend far too much time cleaning it out) - and a toddler...point being I want an additional *wireless* hard drive that has the shock proof capacity that my USB one currently has...so could I hook up an additional USB one to this & use it wirelessly (I hope this made sense...I feel like I've confused myself). Seeing as the cost to restore these starts around $800-1000....it's worth it for me.
- Asked by Ria O from Atlantic Beach
- 09 6, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I hookup a 2nd USB drive to act as a 2nd backup (that would be manually controlled)?)
Yes, you can hookup a USB hub to AirPort's USB port and connect more devices.
- Answered by Souheil M from Springfield
- 06 24, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can I connect a 4-port USB hub to the newest (ac) time capsule to access my 4 USB drives?)