What is the best way to connect a retina macbook with a new 2TB time capsule? USB/ethernet adaptor does not transfer data.

USB/Ethernet cable does not allow backups. How do I backup with a cable, Not Wifi.

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    According to the Support Article "Backing up with AirPort Time Capsule for the first time"

    If you have an Ethernet cable, you can perform the initial backup via Ethernet for the fastest performance. Simply plug the Ethernet cable into one of AirPort Time Capsule's Ethernet ports and the other into your Mac's Ethernet port.

    So you can definitely use the Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter for this purpose. Also remember that if you are concerned about internet for wifi, you don't have to be on internet. You can just use the wifi network the Time Capsule provides and backup using the network the Time Capsule provides.

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  • I would think that the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter would solve your problem. USB would bottleneck your speeds anyway. Go for the Thunderbolt adapter instead.

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