Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB
292 Questions from the Community
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.Answer
I do not know why you do not want to use the advance technology inside the new Time Capsule. You can turn off wifi and have all traffic go via ethernet connected to your Linksys. It would be a shame.
Better off configure the Time Capsule to "join" your existing network. This is an option when setting it up. You need to know the SSID name, and password of your wifi key.
Is the time capsule hard drive ssa? Solid state flash?
- Asked by Michael S from Pleasant Hill
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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
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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
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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)
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Is an Airport Time Capsule bought in Australia compatible for use in the USA?
- Asked by Darren R from Glenmore Park
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Extending a wifi-network with TC
I have an Airport Express and am buying an Airport Time Capsule, can I connect the Time Capsule to the modem as my main router, and then put the Express upstairs to extend the WiFi range and not have it physically connected to the modem or the Airport Time Capsule - just plugged in somewhere? Thanks
- Asked by Marla R from Essex
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Yes, It's perfect for that. I've used two Express units, one as the base and main wireless router and turned the second into an extender. Very easy to do, I set aside an hour for the task, I was done in about five minutes. You just have to have the two devices next to each other for pairing, then unplug your extender and move it to another location within range of the base unit. Be mindful these devices communicate with each other via radio waves, if there is a brick wall or other dense barrier (multiple walls) between, you can loose signal strength. Sometimes it takes a little time to get the best position. Hope that helps.
- Answered by Matt G from Crockett
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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
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Unfortunately the apple tv cannot get media data off the time capsule, instead it needs to connect to a Mac through home sharing. While it is possible to store your iTunes library on the time machine, and have your Mac access it through that, I have found this to be slow and unreliable, and the Mac must always be powered on and have iTunes open.
In terms of sharing the files with other people on your network, the time capsule would suit that perfectly. You could also still play the content on the apple tv as long as it was through a Mac first.
Hopefully that all makes sense, feel free to ask follow-ups if that doesn't make sense.
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Can Time Capsule backup an external drive connected to the USB port?
I would like to connect a hard drive to the USB port of my AirPort Time Capsule for the purpose of providing a universal drive for movies and files shared by all computers on my wireless network. I am curious - can you select the drive plugged into the Time Capsule USB port to also be backed up by the Time Capsule itself? The reason I would want to do this is in the event that the external drive breaks, a copy of the files are on the Time Capsule itself.
- Asked by Galen H from New York
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I currently own a an Air Port Extreme Router can I still use this AirPort only as a Time Capsule without the router option?
- Asked by Miguel V from Imlay City
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You can. I did it by connecting my Time Capsule (the one with router functionality) directly to my switch. I assume you could also connect it to a switch port on your router if it has them, and you don't have a switch. Not sure it matters, but I plugged the network cable into one of the switch ports on the Time Capsule, NOT the WAN port (that would normally come off the router). Then:
1) go into the Airport Utility and edit the settings on your Time Capsule, once it appears on the network;
2) Under the "Wireless" tab, set the Network Mode to "Off";
3) Under the "Network" tab, set the router mode to "Off (Bridge Mode)"
4) Click update.
When it updates, it just looks like a Time Capsule on the network, and works with Time Machine.
- Answered by Robert A from Charlottesville
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Can I use the airport time capsule to also backup my iPad and iPhone
- Asked by Michael P from Valley Park
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I believe the correct answer is No, though it's not stated directly anywhere. Ideally, you would want to use this product to backup your iPhone and iPad over WiFi so that you didn't need to use iCloud, but this is not supported. The solution being offered is to connect your iPhone or iPad to an OSX device, back them up using iTunes, and in-turn, those backup files would be copied over WiFi to the ATC. I agree that iCloud works well and is very convenient, but the pricing beyond a few Gigabytes is out of touch with reality, especially if you purchase one of the new iPhone 5/5c models at 32GB/64GB capacities. Thankfully, AppStore and iTunes purchases are backup up in their respective stores, but the majority of your space is likely to be photos and movies, and at full 1080p, your free iCloud allocation will be gone very quickly.
- Answered by J.r. M from Brentwood
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Can I access my data outside of my home?
- Asked by Okechukwu N from Suwanee
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It depends on how big your home is. The router's signal will penetrate walls, but only for a certain distance. Because the AirPort Time Capsule has the ability to create a "beam" to your device, the range should be pretty far. So yes, unless you have a huge house, you should be able to access your network (your data) outside of your home.
- Answered by Connor L from Mesa
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Squeezebox Support on Airport?
Does anyone know if an Airport Time Capsule would offer Squeezebox support? I'm considering moving from an all windows environment to an iMac with an Airport time capsule. Ideally I'd like to be able to access a music library from Squeezebox on an airport even with the iMac off. I realize there is Apple TV and the like, but I've got a good investment already in squeezebox devices and controllers I'd like to continue to use. Has anyone tried this before? Sorry, not very technical here so forgive me but from browsing the logitech site it looks like Squeezebox is incapable of connecting to N networks and we would need to change modem settings to B or G. I assume that is done at the wireless router and isn't any worse that what I have now? Any downsides here? Thanks everyone!
- Asked by Darren N from Sterling
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Yes, as long as your Apple products are connected to the Airport
- Answered by Michael L from Barrie
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To my knowledge there is not a way to backup your iPhone directly to the AirPort Time Capsule. There are, however, two ways to back up your iPhone.
1) iCloud. A wireless backup that stores data (photos, docs, contacts...) in iCloud.
2) iTunes. This can be done over a cable or over your wifi network, but this option does require an Mac or Windows computer with iTunes installed.
I hope this helped answer your question...
- Answered by David E from Ypsilanti
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can i use my 2TB airport time capsule as an external hard drive?
- Asked by Maximo Jr V from Mahopac
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Not via USB. What you can do is connect it wirelessly and store files on it similarly to an external hard drive.
- Answered by Kyler H from Newton
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Will the 2TB airport time capsule work in both he uk and us? i spend a lot of time in both and would like to muse in both locations?
Does this network 'gateway' support VoIP?
- Asked by Michael T from Pyrmont
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Do i need to connect it to a wireless router or just ethernet?
Hi can i get this and use it as a router by just conecting it to a wall ethernet conection or does it have to be conected to a wireless router such as the BT home hub?
- Asked by Mathew C
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Yes... When it fires up, it works out if it is on the Internet or a private network. If it's on a private network it just configures itself as a wireless access point with a hard drive attached.
I have mine connected to my BT HomeHub 5 and it work perfectly. I turned off all wireless on the HomeHub and use the Time Capsule's wireless. It seems to work perfectly.
- Answered by David R from London
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Will an Airport Time Capsule purchased in the US work Europe? Is there an issue with approved channels or does the Time Capsule automatically change?Best Answer:
The Time Capsule should work fine in Europe. The radio frequency has not changed from previous generation WiFi transceivers. The new 802.11ac uses "beamforming" to try to vector the wireless signal directionally toward the clients (laptops, iPads, iPhones, etc.)
Apple products have power supplies that work everywhere. You will need the appropriate plug to fit your European type electrical outlet.
- Answered by Mark H from Santa Cruz
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