So can this replace my wireless modem to allow my Internet and printers to be used on a wireless home network? I'm on a 24" iMac.

  • Asked by Marika M from St Albans Park
  • Oct 5, 2009
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QA Apple Time Capsule

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  • Best Answer:

    It will replace the wireless part, but you will still need a modem for your cable or DSL. Many DSL modems have it's own router built in, this moves your Apple router one step away from the actual internet. This disables certain features that require a direct connection to the internet such as Back to my Mac.

    If you do have two routers you will get a Double NAT error in Airport Utility and a flashing amber light on the Apple router. If your internet provider can't help you turn off the router in your modem they may be able to replace the router/modem they sent you with just a modem. I had to explain what I was trying to do to get them to replace it. If they can't replace it and you want to, or have to, stay with this provider you can set the Apple product to Bridge Mode where you're passed through directly to your ISP's router so services like iChat can connect to the destination directly.

    • Answered by Randal S from Alameda
    • Oct 12, 2009
  • That is what I use it for - and LOVE it. I have two printers, two desktop Macs and my MacBook Pro as well as my cable internet modem all networked together through it. I get great access wirelessly from all three floors in my home as well as outside on my deck - no interruption in service either. If the power surges, I simply restart the Time Capsule and all is well again. I use it to back everything up from my 3 Macs - no complaints here. I am thinking of adding the 2 TB one in the near future - I have the 1 TB and already have it half full! GREAT PRODUCT - as always, apple makes an affordable solution that goes above and beyond the competition.

    • Answered by Jessica D from York
    • Oct 6, 2009
  • Your wireless modem is actually a router as well as a modem, and depending on the brand, may include wired ethernet ports as well. All those functions, except for the modem can be handled nicely by the Time Capsule. The easiest thing to do is to have your ISP turn off the radio on your wireless modem, as well as putting the wireless modem into bridge mode. That way the Time Capsule sees your public IP address on its WAN port, and can provide the NAT firewall for you. If your wireless modem isn't capable of operating in bridge mode (or the ISP won't let you configure it to function as a bridge), you can continue to let the wireless modem operate as the NAT router, and either place the Time Capsule into bridge mode, or live with a dual NAT network, by telling the Time Capsule to ignore the fact that its WAN iP address is not a public IP. If you want to access your network remotely, a dual NAT'd network is not optimal; consider a new modem and/or ISP.

    • Answered by Kyle S from Sugarloaf Shores
    • Jan 16, 2010
  • It is a fully functional airport extreme that you can add a printer either through the usb, ethernet or Wi-Fi. but your ISP may still need to use the modem to allow you on line. That will depend on your ISP. (ISP = Internet Service Provider)

    If you are going to use the Time Capsule with the modem then plug it in through the ethernet cord. Be sure to read the manual for the modem.

    • Answered by John P from Edmonton
    • Oct 12, 2009
  • Yes - that is how I use it. You get seamless backups at the same time.

    • Answered by Patrick M from Bexley
    • Oct 6, 2009
  • Connect your DSL or cable modem to Time Capsule, then quickly set it up with the easy-to-use AirPort Utility, which is included for both Mac OS X and Windows. Within minutes, you and up to 50 others can use your Mac computers or PCs to surf the web, stream video, share photos, and more — without wires.

    • Answered by Kelley S from Edmonton
    • Oct 12, 2009