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Robert Lesperance Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
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Nov 17, 2012 7:27 AM



I have a network at home.  In my computer room all these devices are ethernet wire connected:


  • ISP cable modem
  • Airport Extreme Base Station (2nd genenration)
  • LaserWriter 16/600 PS
  • HP OfficeJet 8500
  • iMacIntel


We also have a MacBook Air, an iPad and iPhone that will connect to the network wirelesssly.


I bought a Time Capsule to use as a multi-partitions hard drive to


  1. do real-time backup (CrashPlan or Time Machine),
  2. daily update our computers's bootable backups (Carbon Copy Cloner),
  3. use has a media library (movies, iMovie video, ...) and,
  4. create an additional access point to our network (the AEBS is actually located at one end of the house and connecting to the network from the other end is often difficult/impossible)


The TC would either be hiden in a closet (wirelless) or in the basement (wired), because I want it to be as far as possible from the computer room.


Now for the actual TC setup ...  I was thinking of simply adding the TC as an extension to my actual network. 


Is there a better way of setting up the new Time Capsule ?


Best regards.

Joyful owner of an iMac Intel ... Fast as light !!! !!!!, iMac Intel - 3,06 GHZ - 21" - 12.0 Go
  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,470 points)

    The Time Capsule was specifically designed for Time Machine backups, and it really should be used only for that purpose. I would recommend that you add another dedicated hard drive for your other "shared" needs.


    It is technically possible to store other data on the Time Capsule disk other than Time Machine backups, but things get complicated quickly when you try to set this up. I would not recommend this for most users.


    If you do not really need to "partition" the Time Capsule, it is possible to set up one or more disk images using Disk Utility to reserve a given amount of space on the Time Capsule drive.  This is not really a "partition" in the normal sense of the word, but it will act like one in that a given amount of space that you specify will be reserved for each created disk image.


    I do not know whether you will be able to use a disk image for a Carbon Copy Cloner "clone" or whether the iTunes Media Folder (which contains all of the stored music, movies, etc) can be placed inside a disk image or not. I have not tried this.


    Best to wait for a response from another user who has actually done this before you try the disk image route.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,470 points)

    I think that Time Capsule's hard disk will be much faster than a USB drive attached to an Airport Extreme Base Station.

    I would agree. The USB port on the AirPort Extreme is definitely slow with attached hard drives.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,470 points)
    What is the best Time Capsule setup ?


    The best setup is always a direct wired Ethernet connection to the Time Capsule.


    If the AEBS is acting as the "main" router, you would connect an Ethernet cable from one of the LAN <-> ports on the AEBS to the WAN "O" port on the Time Capsule. Then, the Time Capsule can be configured to provide more wireless coverage in the area where it is located, in addition to acting as a hard drive.


    This is the only method that will maintain full bandwidth on the network.


    Is an Ethernet connection possible from the AEBS to the Time Capsule?  If yes, we need to know what operating system you are using on your Mac to configure the Time Capsule if you need setup help.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,470 points)
    Is this type of configuration also possible wirelessly ?


    It is possible, but the Time Caspule will need to be located where it can receive a strong wireless signal from the AirPort Extreme to be able to "extend" it.


    The big downside to wireless is that even with a good wireless connection,  backups will be 3-5 tmes slower than a wired Ethernet setup, and the chances of an error are much greater.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,470 points)

    Just add an Ethernet cable of the correct length and you will be all set. You can run a CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cable up to 100 meters, or about 330 feet with wirtually no loss.

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