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Time Capsule or Ext HD Device

276 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 1, 2013 5:34 PM by IpadinParadise RSS
IpadinParadise Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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Feb 1, 2013 3:53 AM

Regardless of my screen name, I am a brand new MBP owner.  Also am an older generation non techy.  I think maybe the ease of use of the Ipad made me over confident and so when my Toshiba laptop died, I wanted a mac. Keep in mind tho that I am really one of those grammas that I see being made fun of on these boards, i would have been fine with my ipad when all I do is email, surf the web, store pics.  But hey, I love my MBP .  The setup went so smoothly for internet thru my ISP provided Westell 7500 router (5 yo now) and my wirelessly connected HP printer.


But now I see I also need a backup device.  I am wondering if a Time Capsule would be of any benefit to me.  The westell router has b, g modes only and the TC has n capability and dual bands.  So will that get me any improvement for my internet surfing and watching youtube without that irritating buffering?  I am just so afraid that trying to setup a TC to work with my MBP, Ipad and printer, well ill screw up somehow and end up with no internet connection at all, not even being able to just give up and reconnect MBP and ipad back as originally to my westell router.


As I look thru some of the video tutorials online, I get to the step where they ask for password and I dont know which they want - I have all my passwords written down but they dont say which to use so it would be frustrating.  And I dont understand - to use bridge mode or not.


So my question, in all this paranoia is, what will a TC do for me over a plain ol extended hard drive.

iPad 2, iOS 6
  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,590 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 1:50 PM (in response to IpadinParadise)

    G wireless is faster than the fastest adsl connection if it is working properly. Upgrading to N wireless will not assist at all if that is the case.


    In your MBP go to the airport fan on the top and click it whilst holding down the option key.


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    That will give you a lot more info about the connection and its link speed.


    You can just tell us what you find for Transmit Rate.


    If that is high enough then your ISP connection is too slow to get any improvement I would say.


    You may as well just use external hard disk for backup.. it is cheaper and faster and easier.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,590 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 3:35 PM (in response to IpadinParadise)

    I checked the info on the Airport fan icon and it shows PHY is 802.11 g and Transmit Rate is 54.


    That tells me the Westell wireless is working absolutely top notch on the Mac.


    I also know that the service rate that I pay for is 1.5 mbps.


    This is why the youtube is slow.. or any streaming media. That is too slow. You need to pay for a faster connection. But I cannot tell you the top speed unless you know how to connect to your modem and access the line stats. What I need is the downstream attenuation.


    The method from another website is as follows.


    Modems Westell 7500 Check Line Stats

    1. Open a web browser and go to or

    2. Select the "Home" tab. Under Quick Links, select "Show more information about my internet connection".

    3. From this screen you can see:

    • The connection rate
    • WAN IP address
    • Gateway
    • DNS server
    • VPI and VCI

    4. To view more details select the "Advanced" tab. Select "Diagnostics". Select "Network Statistics". Select "DSL Transceiver".

    • Training Rate
    • Noise Margin
    • Attenuation

    This last bit.. attenuation is the key.. copy and paste me that value and I can give you a good idea of what speed you can expect from your adsl.



    Also does this tell you if a TC would be of any benefit to me?


    The TC is of no benefit.. your max download speed on adsl is 1.5mbps.. your current wireless speed is 54mbps (although real world is about 20mbps) increasing it to 150mbps or even 300mbps or 450mbps cannot increase the speed of the 1.5mbps.. that is called the rate determining step.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,590 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 5:05 PM (in response to IpadinParadise)

    Yes, it would help lots..


    You have 41db download attenuation.. that gives you about 5Mbps max speed. Maybe a bit more or less.. depending on other factors like noise.


    So it would be worth talking to your ISP and checking out how much extra the faster connection will be.. it should not be much.. but you may need a higher download limit plan to go with it.


    Even at 5mbps your current wireless is still fast enough.


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