4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 22, 2013 5:04 PM by medicinemanKE
medicinemanKE Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi,

 

I have a 3-4 year old 500GB Time Capsule in the basement wired to a Verizon FIOS router.  The FIOS router WiFi is turned off and the Time Capsule is broadcasting the WiFi.  In the kitchen on the 1st floor is an airport with an aux cable to the stereo there to play iTunes from a Macbook.  The kitchen airport is about 20 feet from the basement Time Capsule with only wood floor in between.  I also have a 2nd floor with no WiFi devices on it.  I've been using my Macbook on the 2nd floor more than before.  My wife uses another Macbook on the 1st floor.

 

I want to upgrade things to accomplish these goals:

 

Faster Wifi on the 2nd floor and a better signal there and thru the house.

Airport in the shed in the yard to play iTunes music thru an aux cable to a stereo there.

 

Originally I thought of buying 2 more $100 airports, one for the 2nd floor and one for the shed. 

 

Then I looked at the Airport Extreme, and read reviews and decided it might be better to get that for the kitchen and move the kitchen one to the shed.

 

This would probably give me the bandwidth I want on the 2nd floor and thru the house.

 

However, I'm not sure about this solution, because, if I am still using the 3-4 year old Time Capsule in the basement hooked to the FIOS router with a cable, and that is the first broadcast of WiFi, then would the total bandwidth be limited by that older Time Capsule?  I think so but not sure how much this will affect things.  If it works well, this solution would cost me $200 total...just buying one Airport Extreme.

 

Another option would be to replace the older Time Capsule with a new Time Capsule.  I'm also considering moving it to the kitchen, if the network cable can be that long - can it be 20-25 feet long?

 

If I am going to replace the Time Capsule, I'd buy the big one which would cost $400.  Then I would move the airport in the kitchen to the shed.

 

And I could sell the older Time Capsule for, I guess, $50-100 or whatever it goes for.

 

I'm looking for some advice from those who understand WiFi signals and strength better than I do.

 

Thanks for the help!


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: Airport Extreme or Time Capsule
    Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (78,550 points)

    That 500 GB Time Capsule is probably closer to 5 years old. Most of these models did not last 3 years, so you have done very well.

     

    It would be wise to replace this device and sell it for what you can get.

     

    Another option would be to replace the older Time Capsule with a new Time Capsule.  I'm also considering moving it to the kitchen, if the network cable can be that long - can it be 20-25 feet long?

    This would be a good idea, since the Time Capsule would be centrally located. You should have good wireless coverage both upstairs and in the basement.

     

    An Ethernet cable can be run up to 330 feet or 100 meters with virtually no loss, so 20-25 feet would work fine. Think of the Time Capsule as a water sprinkler. You want to locate it where it can get as big of an area as wet as possible.

  • 2. Re: Airport Extreme or Time Capsule
    medicinemanKE Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you, good info.

     

    Here is a little twist.  I just double checked the Time Capsule we have and it is 2TB and we are only using a third of it, so I can't justify replacing that.

     

    So I'm not sure what I want to do.  I think I'll move the Time Capsule up to the middle of the 1st floor with a longer cable.  Then I still need the airport in the kitchen just 10 feet away to run that stereo....even a new Time Capsule does not have the aux port to drive that stereo.

     

    So then I need to buy another regular airport for the shed to drive that stereo.

     

    $100 Airport and $10 cable.  $110 total.

  • 3. Re: Airport Extreme or Time Capsule
    Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (78,550 points)
    I just double checked the Time Capsule we have and it is 2TB and we are only using a third of it, so I can't justify replacing that

     

    Understandable. Big difference between the Time Capsule that you originally described and the one that you actually have.

     

    I think I'll move the Time Capsule up to the middle of the 1st floor with a longer cable.

    Good plan.

     

    Then I still need the airport in the kitchen just 10 feet away to run that stereo.

    If possible, connect the AirPort Express to the Time Capsule using another Ethernet cable.

  • 4. Re: Airport Extreme or Time Capsule
    medicinemanKE Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That is a great idea.  I love cables over wireless if possible and yes it can be done there. 

     

    Also, I might even get an outdoor quality cable to go to the shed if possible since there are already phone and FIOS running over that way and I can zip tie right to it.

     

    Good ideas!!  Thanks!