how as it worked as a NAS?
The term NAS usually refers to a disk that can be accessed from computers on a LAN. A Time Capsule works fine as a Network Attached Storage (NAS).
can you access all your media from anywhere in the world via the internet?
That's a different issue but, depending on details, it's also possible with a Time Capsule.
you are absolutely correct! that's the NAS i want. and TC doesn't care what kind of file it is. that's what i want.
for the other question: i hate to use this term, but it should be my "personal cloud". accessing any file from laptop on the TC. that's harder to enable, huh?
and before i ever get started, i need to be able to hook up the TC to any windows laptop to upload/bkup my files.
i really appreciate the reply.
Access to the TC from internet is easy for AFP if you have a static public IP.. otherwise it is difficult.
You can use BTMM via icloud. You need to use Lion and 7.6.1 firmware on the TC. But it will only give access to Mac. You cannot access SMB ie windows file format from internet easily.. and if you do it is highly insecure.
A TC can accept files via SMB on the LAN side.. not WAN.
TC has no ftp, ssh, http, https or any other way of accessing files.. In the end it is a target for Time Machine. Any other duty you press it into will have other implications..
Chiefly it has no backup mechanism.. if you store files only on the TC.. expect in a period of 3years to lose the lot at least once. You can manually backup to USB or use software (not TM) from a computer.. but the TC is always a backup device.. that has no internal backup unlike every other NAS on the market.