Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB
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will my old macbook air 2010 be ok to use airport time capsule 2013
AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (based on IEEE 802.11n specification)4; Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology
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Can I share an Apple SuperDrive using the new Airport Time Capsule?
I'm looking at upgrading my fiancee's macbook to a macbook air, but we would loose our last CD/DVD drive. I'd love to be able to just plug an Apple SuperDrive into the time capsule and share it to both my Macbook Pro Retina and her new Air. Is that possible? Otherwise I'll probably just get her a Macbook Pro non-Retina so we still have a CD/DVD player.
- Asked by Benjamin M from Arlington
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The Superdrive itself would be the first limiting factor. Since the external Superdrive does not support connection through a NAS device, then it follows that it would not be recognized by the Airport. However, I don't know if an aftermarket CD/DVD device would be supported by the Airport. Apple does indicate that the USB connection only supports a) External Hard drives, b) USB Printers, and c) a hub. This would leave out other USB devices, such as a CD/DVD drive.
- Answered by Shawn F from Riverside
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can I use the time machine with my pro retina, my pc (not an apple) and another hp laptop so all can use same printer
- Asked by Debbie O from Abilene
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i have a uverse router. After disabling wireless on the uverse, can I continue to use the ethernet ports on the uverse in addition to the TC ports?
The TC only has 3 ethernet ports, while I am using all 4 ports on the uverse router.Answer
Yes you can but they will be on separate subnets, meaning whatever is plugged into your Uverse router will have access your Uverse wired network (including your TC) while objects Time Capsule's WiFi will only be available on the TC's subnet. Clients of your Time Capsule will be able to access resources of your Uverse network but not the other way around.
- Answered by Buford N from Renton
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Adding a time capsule to an existing network and configuring for the speediest backups?
I have a 27" i5 iMac on my home wireless network running off my ISP-provided wireless router. Many other devices like my TV and TIVO connect to this network so I'd like leave it as the creator of my wireless network.
I'd like to add a time capsule for backups from the iMac. I assume the time capsule can connect to my existing wireless network and I could back up that way but I was concerned that I may be sacrificing speed essential for backups compared with using the native wireless built-in to the time capsule.
Is it possible for the iMac to either:
- connect to both wireless networks at once
- connect to my existing router's wireless network but somehow switch to the time capsule's network when doing a backup.
I don't want to connect the time capsule direct via ethernet cable to my iMac as I would like to keep them separate for security purposes
- Asked by David F from Paddington
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You can put the time capsule network configuration into "Bridge" mode, instead of "NAT DHCP", and then cable it to your ISP router.
The time capsule will be a more reliable wireless and wired router, and with the airport utility, it will remind you to do updates to the firmware when needed.
Your ISP will never update the firmware in your ISP provided router, and Wireless standards change, and bugs happen and that can make your wireless experiences very poor with unsupported routers.
If your ISP router can be placed in bridge mode, then I would put your time capsule in "NAT DHCP" mode, and use it as your primary router.
- Answered by Gregg W from Tulsa
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If I use the AirPort Time Capsules as a File Server, can I then delete the media files (pictures) that are taking up disk space on my macbook air?
My macbook air is constantly giving me prompt that my disk space is full. So that is the main reason I bought a AirPort Time Capsule 2TB to move all my old pictures to the File Server in the AirPort. That's the way it was explained to me when I bought it at the Apple Store (georgetown location in DC).
So the way I plan on managing my files is to move all the older photos to AirPort Time Capsule File Server, delete the files on my macbook so I have a lot of memory/disk space as I travel (without worrying about losing my whole life's worth of pictures) and periodically do a media "dump" when it starts to take up too much disk space on my macbook.
This way I can continue to use my macbook (without buying a new one b/c of memory - sorry Apple).
Is this a good way to manage my media files and macbook?
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Extending a wifi-network with TC
Beside using for backup purposes I'd also like to use the TC for extending my existing WI-FI network. The current router is located upstairs, I'd like to have another router downstairs, this would be the TC. For this I should be able to connect the TC to the existing WI-FI network. I googled this a little bit and found that it may be problematic but not impossible. Any experience with this kind of setup?
- Asked by Janos J
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When plugging in the TC and starting the admin program on your computer, your TC is listed Top Left in the "un-configured" units. Choose it and the admin program will scan your existing network for other Airport Extreme or Express units and propose to automatically extend your network.
Takes about 1 min to do and you have nothing to configure on your new unit, as all parameters are pulled from your existing AP.
- Answered by Frederic L
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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
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Can Time Capusle limit internet data usage and speed on connected devices?
I have a 4th-gen Time Capusle bought in 2012. I set up a guest network for visiting friends & families. But sometimes kids will watch videos on their iPad/iPhone all day long, eating up my data allowance and slowing down network speed.
Is there a way I can limit data usage and speed (say, 1GB per day at no faster than 5Mbps download) on Time Capsule's connected devices?
- Asked by Tony C from Santee
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I'm wondering if I can use this as a server for all my iTunes movies? I would need to be able to access the movies from Apple TV.
- Asked by Shira S from Eureka
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how can i erase data from my older time capsule? And can I transfer the data to the newer Time Capsule before eraseing it?
- Asked by Ronald F R from Fabius
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Does early 2013 iMac support 802.11ac wifi?
i bought the new iMac back in April 2013. do they support 802.11ac wifi?
- Asked by Thuyain A from Colchester
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The new macbook air and mac pro will support 802.11AC but the early 2013 does not have the new chipset for AC
- Answered by Tyler S from Boise
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Will my 802.11n Wi-Fi Data Rate improve with the new airport extreme?
I could NOT get even 100mbps with my AirPort Time Capsule (200mbps fibre optic plan). Will this new AirPort Time Capsule helps?
- Asked by Hui Kiang L
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It is unlikely you will see significant improvement with any Wireless N device by upgrading to a Wireless AC router. If your device supports dual band, you could try using the 5GHz frequency instead of the 2.4Ghz. You could also try taking it out of mixed mode and making it pure Wireless N. It is difficult to achieve greater than 100mbps with Wireless N, though... even getting 100mbps at any significant distance from the router is actually quite good in my experience.
- Answered by Andrew R from Victoria
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I would like to be able to have seperate access accounts to my home wifi.
I would like to be able to leave the wifi system "hot" for certain machines while being able to have a seperate log-in and controls for my children. It would also be beneficial if I could control access on the "other" accounts remotely. Is this possible with a Airport Time Capsule. BTW, the unit I own is about 2 years old.
- Asked by Rustin K from Eagle River
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Does Time Capsule support AirPlay speakers?
- Asked by Wendy N from Bloomingburg
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Does the airport time capsule run on 220 volts and 50 hertz?
- Asked by Joyce H from Tyler
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Yes, there is a built in power supply supports both North American and European standards.
- Answered by Frederic L
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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
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