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How to setup TC with ethernet to existing router.

577 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Dec 9, 2012 7:42 PM by Rey0001 RSS
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Dec 7, 2012 11:00 AM



What I am trying to do is use TC strictly as a backup device for time machine.


I am trying to do the follwoing setup. 


I want to connect tc to my wireless router using ethernet cable(so my time machine backups do not take days).  After doing this, Airport utility will only recognize the TC if my mac has WIFI enabled.  How do I force it such the TC is only using the ethernet and not WIFI.


Thanks and I look forward to your reply.



2TB 4th gen Time Capsule, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,980 points)
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    Dec 7, 2012 11:03 AM (in response to BGmail)

    You need to configure the Time Capsule for Bridge Mode. AirPort Utility 5.1 Help- Setting up your base station as a bridge

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,980 points)
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    Dec 7, 2012 11:53 AM (in response to BGmail)

    Sorry for the bad link. If you want to set the device into Bridge Mode then you have to run an Ethernet cable from the Time Capsule to one of the open LAN ports on your regular router, then set the Time Capsule to Join an existing network. A better solution is simply replace your old router with the Time Capsule.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,980 points)
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    Dec 7, 2012 12:09 PM (in response to BGmail)

    No, it won't be any faster. You run an Ethernet cable from the WAN port on the Time Capsule. Then connect the computer to the Time Capsule via an Ethernet cable from one of the three LAN ports. This will give you optimum Ethernet performance for the computer.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,980 points)
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    Dec 7, 2012 1:13 PM (in response to BGmail)

    Use it in its factory default state. I'm assuming you will have removed the router currently connected to your cable modem. If you actually have a modem/gateway-router, then you cannot replace that router with the Time Capsule as a router.


    Ethernet is just faster than wireless. It doesn't make any difference how you connect the computer by Ethernet into your network. The speed difference is moving from wireless to Ethernet.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,980 points)
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    Dec 8, 2012 9:12 AM (in response to BGmail)


  • Rey0001 Calculating status...
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    Dec 9, 2012 7:42 PM (in response to Kappy)

    Hi, I'm actually researching to see if a TC will be a good choice for my configuration, I have the following hardware:

    • Alcatel 3Ve.A2010TEL VDSL Modem
    • Linksys EA4500 router
    • iMac (1TB HD)
    • MacBook Pro (500GB HD)
    • Mini Server (500GB HD)
    • MacBook (250GB HD)
    • MacBook Air (128GB Flash)
    • 2 PCs with Windows 7 (250GB HD)
    • 1 Wireless Laser Printer
    • 2 iPad
    • 4 iPhone 5


    The iMac, and Mini have external backup disc for Time Machine, but there is not enough capacity for their backups. So I want to know if a 3TB Time Capsul will be a solution for my setup, and if replacing my Linksys EA4500 router is needed or if runing the TC in Bridge mode will do.


    Please any suggestion will be helpful before I invest purchasing the TC.

    Thanks a lot,

    Reinaldo Varela


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