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Time Capsule just for backups, not for wifi.

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Nov 3, 2013 3:28 PM

I used to use my Time Capsule for both backups and wifi but constantly had issues, so I just disconnected it in favor of a simple Airport Express. No issues since switching, but now I have this Time Capsule just sitting here and don't do automatic backups any longer...I would like to use solely for back ups, I don't need these backups to be wireless, just for use with Time Machine. I can't find the answer by google, any suggestions?

Time Capsule, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)
  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,795 points)
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    Nov 3, 2013 3:40 PM (in response to tcbmistake)

    I don't need these backups to be wireless, just for use with Time Machine. I can't find the answer by google, any suggestions?

    Explain the network layout you will use to do this.

     

    And what model express you have.

     

    The easiest way is to use the TC in bridge mode.. wireless off and plugged into the Express by ethernet.

     

    Then you will backup over wireless just as you were.. you will lose any speed advantage as the express does not have gigabit.

     

    Or plug the TC directly into the computer by ethernet but this is messy if you intend to share to several computers and not just one.

  • mrstee Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    Nov 3, 2013 5:15 PM (in response to LaPastenague)

    I am trying to do the same thing but I am having an issue.

     

    I, too, was having issues with using the Time Capsule (new one-2T) as a router and for backup (the Internet was dropping all the time). So I bought a separate router (ASUS RT-N56U) and have that plugged into my Motorola modem. The Time Capsule I have plugged into the router.

     

    Airport Utility and I have become best friends as of late with all the problems I am having and my TC keeps getting lost-AU says that it was part of my network and now can't be found. Strangely, if I go to Open Network Settings from the menu bar and select Assist Me--->Diagnostics--->Select my network--->Continue and when the window pops up about Always Allow Keychain, I click on Always Allow. And that seems to correct the problem with my TC not being found/part of the network. This happens all the time lately.... Ever since I got the new router.

     

    So if you or anyone have any insight into what is going on.... I will try it! Thanks for the help, Judy

  • mrstee Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    Nov 3, 2013 5:30 PM (in response to mrstee)

    Well, I was wrong. Apparently this 'fix' doesn't always work. It just happened again.... Time Capsule was part of the network but can't be found anymore. This time I clicked on Forget so then my TC disappeared from Airport Utility. Should it be there if I am only using it for Time Machine backups? It appears that the backups are working just fine. So I guess I am confused still.

  • mrstee Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    Nov 3, 2013 5:40 PM (in response to mrstee)

    Sorry I keep adding more information but as I was shutting down for the night I opened up Airport Utility one more time and it shows that I have an Internet connection but it's looking for my TC! The little gear is spinning and under it it says No configured AirPort base stations have been found. Airport Utility will continue searching. So that's where I am at right now. More confused.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,795 points)
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    Nov 3, 2013 10:05 PM (in response to mrstee)

    mrstee wrote:

     

    Sorry I keep adding more information but as I was shutting down for the night I opened up Airport Utility one more time and it shows that I have an Internet connection but it's looking for my TC! The little gear is spinning and under it it says No configured AirPort base stations have been found. Airport Utility will continue searching. So that's where I am at right now. More confused.

    How is the TC connected to the Asus router and in what mode??

     

    Is it using ethernet and bridged?? If so there could be some issue in the connection .. please try a different ethernet cord.. or use a crossover cable.. test with crossover without the asus in the system and see if that clears up the problems.. that will be with the TC as router.

  • mrstee Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    Nov 6, 2013 10:24 AM (in response to LaPastenague)

    Hi LaPastenague-Yes, the TC is connected via Ethernet to the ASUS. It seems to be working just fine now. I did switch out the cable-the cable that came with the router had Ethernet plugs but the cable itself was flat. I am using the 'normal' Ethernet cable. The TC is set to Off (Bridge mode).

     

    I guess the new router and the new-ish modem had to talk to each other and sort out their differences and all is well now. Hopefully it will stay that way. Thank for that suggestion to try another cable.

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