How easy it it to set up time capsule as client to an existing network? What is gained or lost by doing this?

I am thinking about purchasing Time Capsule, but have seen several review comments where users did not find that this worked easily or at all. I spoke with a person in an Apple Store and that is how he indicated he uses his at home. We have a system that is working fine for various of our other computers. I am taking an "If it is not broken, do not fix it" approach to my thinking. If I would be better with a large external hard drive and simply use Time Machine, I can live with that, but do like the notion of a wireless incremental backup. Thanks

  • Asked by Kennedy G from San Antonio
  • Aug 11, 2010
QA Apple Time Capsule

QA Apple Time Capsule

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    If your "other computers" are not Macs, Time Capsule and the incremental backups of Time Machine may well be more trouble than they're worth, especially if you're already used to a back-up routine. I can easily imagine you might continue your current routine even after setting up Time Machine.

    What you lose by dedicating an entire Time Capsule to "client" status is literally half the unit, which is an actual AirPort Extreme Base Station. It's got exceptional attributes, for which you'd get little benefit if not using it as your main router.

    • Answered by Andrew H from Carmel
    • Aug 12, 2010