7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 22, 2008 7:41 AM by The Real DJ SASH
Westyfield2 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Firstly, the below questions are based on my assumption that the Time Capsule's firmware & hardware is similar to the Airport Express (but with the addition of the HDD!)


The router my network's running off is a Linksys WRT600N (has both 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz and 802.11b/g/n).

I'm interested in adding a Networked hard disk to the network (not through using the router's USB port) for the sole purpose of Time Machine backups.
From what I know, Time Machine doesn't work with NAS's apart from the Time Capsule (which from looking at it, would be a waste of money as I don't want to use it as a router.)


From what I've read, the Time Capsule can be connected by ethernet to the existing router (or switch), and have all it's Wi-Fi & routing functions turned off - making it only work for it's NAS HDD (that'll work with Time Machine.)
Now that seems like quite a waste of money on a £200 device that has WiFi etc built in.

Now, thinking about it, one of the locations I'd put the Time Capsule when connect as above, has bad wireless reception......

From what I've read (especially this thread), when the Time Machine is connected as above, and I disable the Time Capsule's built in router and DHCP server, it can be assigned a different SSID (my network already has 2 (one for 2.4ghz & one for 5ghz)) and it'll be broadcasting without interfering my existing network.
My wireless devices could be given the Time Capsule's SSID & encryption details, and would be able to connect to that or the Linksys (depending on where abouts in the house they were) - and as both networks are connected together, all shared HDD's and internet would work fine joining together over the three SSID's from the Linksys & Time Capsule.


The tricky bit, is there a way of having the Time Capsule repeat/boost the signal coming from the Linksys? (instead of broadcasting on a different SSID, it'd be acting as a Wireless Access Point).
From my research about repeating, I know that WDS is needed, and accoring to here[ the Linksys WRT600N supports it. (whatever it actually is!)
So, would the Time Capsule be able to repeat/boost the Linksys's signal? If so, how? (I'd keep the two router's connected together by gigabit as obviously the location of the Time Capsule would be one where the Linksys's signal struggles to reach.)


Anything wrong with the idea of broadcasting on a different SSID? And any ideas about broadcasting on the same SSID?

Blimey that's a long post! If your still reading this far and understand what I'm on about you can have a cookie

Thanks
Ed.

MacBook Pro, 2.4ghz Core2Duo
  • 1. Re: Time Capsule Questions....Joining Existing Network
    Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    Westyfield, Welcome to the discussion area!

    The tricky bit, is there a way of having the Time Capsule repeat/boost the signal coming from the Linksys?


    Your scenario has Time Capsule connected via Ethernet to the Linksys. To extend the Linksys's wireless network, simply configure the Time Capsule to use (a) the same SSID as the Linksys, (b) the same encryption type/level/password as the Linksys, and (c) a channel as far as possible from the one used by the Linksys.

    For all wireless clients there would be one big wireless network.

    There is no need for WDS.
  • 2. Re: Time Capsule Questions....Joining Existing Network
    Westyfield2 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks


    Would it really work just as easily as that?

    That'd mean there's the Linksys broadcasting the two SSID's (2.4ghz & 5ghz) at one end of the house, and the Time Capsule at the other end - which of the two SSID's should be used or does Time Capsule do two like the Linksys? (on the Linksys, both have been given the same encryption & password).

    I presume that I'd still have to disable Time Capsule's built in router and DHCP server?
  • 3. Re: Time Capsule Questions....Joining Existing Network
    Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    ...and the Time Capsule at the other end - which of the two SSID's should be used...


    You would need to decide.

    ...or does Time Capsule do two like the Linksys?


    I believe Time Capsule only has a single radio and therefore can not broadcast both at the same time. It can be configured to do one or the other.
  • 4. Re: Time Capsule Questions....Joining Existing Network
    Westyfield2 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks, so that's spoofing the original signal by creating two identically-named networks that are sent out on 2 different channels.
    Would my wireless devices will be able to connect to whichever one's available (depending on where abouts in the house they are), and will automatically chose the strongest if they're both available? Or would it register as two available wireless networks and I chose which one to join?

    Also I presume that would need DHCP & 'routing' disabled in the Time Capsule's settings?
  • 5. Re: Time Capsule Questions....Joining Existing Network
    Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    The clients would connect to whichever base station they determined was the "best" station. The actual method for determining "best" was designed by the developers and we don't know if "best" equals "strongest".

    It would register as one wireless network.

    Also I presume that would need DHCP & 'routing' disabled in the Time Capsule's settings?


    Yes
  • 6. Re: Time Capsule Questions....Joining Existing Network
    Westyfield2 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Just a bump saying that I'm about to go out and by a TC, and was wondering if what Duane said above is correct? (Was posted back in January before the TC had started shipping!)
  • 7. Re: Time Capsule Questions....Joining Existing Network
    The Real DJ SASH Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    Yes, what Duane was talking about is called a active roaming network. This is widely used in hotels, and other large buildings and businesses.
    here is a link on Apple Support.
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=58596

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