5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 9, 2013 6:15 PM by mdb288
mdb288 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

My setup:

 

Cable modem-->gigabit router (no wireless) -->Ethernet -->2 access points

 

Router and access points are dlink

 

Q1. I assume I can replace 1 access point on the Ethernet network with the TC and have it do the backup function over Ethernet for wired computers and wireless for non-wired

 

True or false

 

Q2. I assume it can act as a wireless access point (and let the router do the routing etc)

 

True or false

 

Q3.  If it is in access point mode ... Can it do wireless roaming with the other access point (which the access points now do)

 

Eg I give them the same ssid and password different wireless channels...and as I walk through my house the device seamlessly connects to the access point with the strongest signal...and switches points as I move

 

Q4. The current access points do not support the N protocol ... Does impact wireless roaming eg is the TC limited to the fasted protocol supported by the other access point

 

Thx


iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1.1
  • 1. Re: Time capsule as access point; wireless roaming
    davidsignal Level 3 Level 3 (525 points)

    Q1. True

    Q2. True... the router will run NAT and DHCP

    Q3. Yes.

    Q4. You will get full N throughput when communicating with another device connected to the same access point (the time capsule) or a device directly connected to the gigabit router.  If communicating with another device that is connected to the other access point with lower level wireless protocol, you will get the throughput of the lower protocol.

  • 2. Re: Time capsule as access point; wireless roaming
    LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (35,415 points)

    mdb288 wrote:

     

    My setup:

     

    Cable modem-->gigabit router (no wireless) -->Ethernet -->2 access points

     

    Router and access points are dlink

     

    Q1. I assume I can replace 1 access point on the Ethernet network with the TC and have it do the backup function over Ethernet for wired computers and wireless for non-wired

     

    True or false

     

    Yes, true.. that would work fine.

     

     

     

    Q2. I assume it can act as a wireless access point (and let the router do the routing etc)

     

    True or false

     

    Q3.  If it is in access point mode ... Can it do wireless roaming with the other access point (which the access points now do)

     

    Eg I give them the same ssid and password different wireless channels...and as I walk through my house the device seamlessly connects to the access point with the strongest signal...and switches points as I move

     

    Q4. The current access points do not support the N protocol ... Does impact wireless roaming eg is the TC limited to the fasted protocol supported by the other access point

     

    Thx

    Q2 True

     

    Q3 True in theory.. roaming works very well on most Apple products.. but that is between Apple routers.. which do offer a few things other brands don't.. generally ok.. but PC equipment it will greatly depend on the wireless card and drivers used. A lot of PC stuff just doesn't roam.. you will need to give it a sharp kick by shutting off wireless and turning it on again.

     

    Q4 N and G work fine together. I would shut off, throw away.. replace anything still using B wireless. The security limitation of older G is something to think about. Any system is as strong as the weakest point. Hopely everything you have is wpa2 AES (Personal in Apple Speak).. as using other levels of security is not as good. WPA+WPA2 is ok.. but I would much prefer to see the N wireless only used with wpa2. Which means if you want to roam everything uses WPA2.

  • 3. Re: Time capsule as access point; wireless roaming
    mdb288 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Thx to all

     

    Need a new computer...getting a Mac and decided to get TC...

     

    These networking devices should all be "agnostic"...the network protocols have nothing to do with dlink or netgear or Mac or PC...

     

    I have had different brands of routers, access points, pc, apple devices...all with no problem...

     

    I just wanted to confirm that the TC would work in a mixed environment...eg I did not want to hear "the TC does wireless roaming but only with other apple access points because of x, y, and z"

     

    So you guys confirmed that you believe it is "agnostic"and will work in a mixed environment

     

    I know there r no guaranteed...but That is what I would expect...so I will give it a go...

     

    Thx

  • 4. Re: Time capsule as access point; wireless roaming
    LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (35,415 points)

    There are limitations.. Apple use their own protocols.. bonjour, airplay, etc. that do not work on all PC networking equipment. But the basics of TCP/IP is of course the same.

     

    Your type of wired network is the best.. if you start trying to wireless extend apple and non-apple routers it won't work. Apple do not use the same system.. but then that is also true of almost every brand in voodoo wireless world. So I don't find that a big problem.. and at least Apple stuff does work well together which is more than can be said of a lot of brands where wireless is incompatible across the range.

     

    Keep to wired infrastructure.. use wireless AP's.. use SMB network names.. and keep as much stuff locked as you can.. it all works great.

  • 5. Re: Time capsule as access point; wireless roaming
    mdb288 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    It works fine with the non apple equipment.

     

    Wireless roaming seems to be working.

     

    The provided instructions are not very complete or intuitive...but with some help from the Internet I got it working....

     

    Setting up time machine also was not intuitive but works with tie capsule.

     

    Thx