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HT3728 Connecting Time Capsule directly?

376 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 16, 2012 11:38 AM by LaPastenague RSS
MikeComber Calculating status...
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Nov 13, 2012 5:34 AM

Can you connect a time capsule directly to a MAC via ethernet, when it is already connected via wi-fi? If so, how?

Mac OS X (10.7.1)
  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,735 points)
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    Nov 13, 2012 12:09 PM (in response to MikeComber)

    Just plug in ethernet.. if the TC is setup as either router or bridge it will work.. if the TC is setup to join wireless network it will not work.


    When you plug in ethernet though you should turn off wifi for the duration to force the ethernet to be used. Otherwise your connection can still be slow..


    If that doesn't work, tell us precisely the TC and network arrangement.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,735 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 11:41 AM (in response to MikeComber)

    Well that is enough info.. thanks..


    When you set the TC to join a wireless network, the ethernet ports are turned off. That is why it doesn't work.


    To get the TC to work you need to plug it into the BT router via ethernet and use the TC bridged. Then you can plug a computer directly into it.


    To be clear if the TC location is not suitable.. then use EOP adapters but ethernet of course is far superior.


    Just plugging the TC into the BT modem router will gain you alot because you no longer have double hop wireless.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,735 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 2:34 PM (in response to MikeComber)

    You plug one TC into the BT hub.. and plug the second TC into the first.. with both in bridge it will work fine.


    Or with a pair of TC's then you can do wireless bridge.. extend wireless.. this will only work between apple routers.. but it does not turn off the ethernet so you can still use it at the other end.


    So one TC plugged into the BT.. it is bridged and set to create wireless network and to allow extend.


    The second TC is setup to extend wireless on the first TC.. this works well although of course you will still get double hop wireless for clients that connect by wireless to the second TC.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,735 points)
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    Nov 16, 2012 11:38 AM (in response to MikeComber)

    MikeComber wrote:


    Thanks - I think we are nearly there.  Four questions;

    1. I presume I connect the first TC via the ethernet port not the Internet WAN port?

    2. Then the second TC is connected to the first again via the ethernet port?

    3. Finally - crucial question - how do I set the TCs to bridge?

    4. How do I know they are working faster?


    Thanks - much appreciated.

    1. In bridge the TC re-allocates the WAN port to LAN.. so it actually makes no difference.


    2. Yes.


    3. Since from your profile you are on lion download the 5.6 utility and use that.. it is much better than v6.


    Open the airport utility from a computer connected by ethernet to the TC Lan port.

    Click on manual setup.. go to the internet tab.. connection sharing.. select off bridge mode.




    4. Speed of the connection is something you can measure.. that is how you know how fast you are going.. you measure it.. connect a computer to TC 1 and connect a computer to TC2 and copy files between them.


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