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TS1253 Print via Time Capsule without being connected to my router

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My router and my printer are in two different places.



It all prints well when the TC (Time Capsule) is connected via Ethernet cable to my router and printer connected via USB to TC


Can I use Time Capsule to print even if it is not connected to the router via Ethernet cable?

My TC is connected via USB to the printer but TC is not connected to the router because the TC and the router are not in the same place. Why can't I print via wi-fi?




Time Capsule 802.11n (4th Gen), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,445 points)

    Check the Time Capsule Setup Guide to verify that your Time Capsule needs to be connected to your modem/router using an Ethernet cable.


    Apple does not support a wireless connection for the Time Capsule when it connects to a non-Apple router.


    Time Capsule 802.11n (4th Generation) - Setup Guide

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,445 points)

    If you configured the Time Capsule to "join" a wireless network, I doubt that the support folks told you that your backups are going to take twice as long as a normal wireless backup and there will be twice as much chance for an error to occur.


    Few users would be willing to accept this type of reduced performance. If you are happy, and it works reliably, that is great.


    Post back to let us know how long it took for you to make a complete backup of your Mac using this type of setup....which is not illustrated or supported in Apple's Time Capsule Setup Guide....for good reason.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,445 points)
    If I want a fast backup I use the Ethernet cable.


    The Ethernet ports are not enabled when you configure the Time Capsule to "join" the network using wireless only.  You can only backup using wireless, whether you have Ethernet connected or not. Apparently, the "support" folks did not tell you about this.


    I just do not see why this setup would take longer.

    You are kidding, correct?


    Gigabit Ethernet is 1,000 Mbps.


    With a fantastic wireless connection, you might get 200-250 Mbps.  Most users see about 100-130 Mbps.


    As for why your Time Capsule setup will take twice as long as normal wireless .....


    Backups have to make a wireless "double hop".  Hop one is from your Mac to the wireless router. Hop two is from the wireless router back to the Time Capsule.  Two hops = double the time.


    Since you can only use wireless, your actual backup speed will be in the range of 100-125 Mbps, maximum.  When you try your first backup on a Mac, it will likely take days, not a few hours as it should.


    Since you have another hard drive attached to the Time Capsule, any copies of transfers to this drive will be exceedingly slow as well.


    Unfortunately, the support folks did you no favors by providing the steps to this type of installation.


    At least, they could have told you about the downsides.....which can all be avoided by connecting your Time Capsule to your modem/router using an Ethernet cable as the Setup Guide recommends.



    thought that another reason to have and use a TC is to be able to use USB peripherals connected to the TC in wi-fi, like printers. This was the center of my question to start with.



    Easy to do if the Time Capsule is connected to your modem/router using an Ethernet cable.


    If you will, let us know how long that first backup of your Mac takes using your setup.


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