6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 18, 2008 9:23 PM by imavery
rambamslam Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm a Vista user, and I am considering using a Time Capsule and adding it to my network. I was wondering if I can eliminate the router I am currently using and just use a Time Capsule. If I can, how to you open ports on a Time Capsule?

Windows Vista
  • penngroveon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello, I bought the time capsule to replace my Linksys router. I found out that Apple, as good as the tech support is, does not support the ethernet connectivity trouble shooting. After several days of no network i switched back to my Linksys. I now use it with my Linksys. Next time i want to have my network tech here for $125 and hour i will set it up. It was not too difficult to set up and i was actually able to make all work except i have a 3 Vonage phone numbers and they just would not pass through the time capsule. By the way, Oscar at senior tech support would not even try but another fellow was very helpful and went a beyond in helping me. That i what i call customer service. bill
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,245 points)
    I was wondering if I can eliminate the router I am currently using and just use a Time Capsule.


    Yes, it most cases you can use the Time Capsule (TC) as an Internet router.

    If I can, how to you open ports on a Time Capsule?


    You can open ports on the TC by using the AirPort Utility to administer it.
  • RobW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I apologize to rambamslam for changing the topic of the post, but I just wanted to say that I have 2 Vonage lines using two separate Vonage boxes connected to my TC via the Ethernet port and both of them work fine. I do miss the Linksys option of making VoIP higher priority, but guess I can't have everything

    Rob.
  • imavery Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Tesserax wrote:

    Yes, it most cases you can use the Time Capsule (TC) as an Internet router.

    This is sort of generalized, and I understand you can't predict for every situation, but is there a common problem list of issues that the TC has while acting as a router? I scanned the discussons, but couldn't find much that.

    Ideally, I'd like to use the TC as my TM backup, an external hdd connected to it as an external file share/dump, xbox 360, laptop and an ipod touch to access that world wide television in the sky. Is this relatively doable without much fuss?
  • RobW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    imavery wrote:

    Ideally, I'd like to use the TC as my TM backup, an external hdd connected to it as an external file share/dump, xbox 360, laptop and an ipod touch to access that world wide television in the sky. Is this relatively doable without much fuss?


    I use my TC with a 500GB external HDD connected to the USB port for dumping files and for my iTunes library.
    The TC and Time Machine takes care of backup for my MacbookAir and iMac.

    The external HDD has 3 partition all of which are Windows (FAT32) formatted.
    From my Windows Vista laptop (Legacy system ;-)) I can access the TC and HDD by using either the Airport utility (Windows version), or by attaching the HDD as a network drive. Everything works fine, except a little problem with the initial back up of the Windows Laptop using Windows Live OneCare. I'm using WPA2 encryption on the network and can happily connect my iPod touch and Sony PSP (which accesses Internet radio). I haven't tried an Xbox 360, or world wide television using the iPod touch, but I have used the Macbook Air to catch up on quite a few TV series

    Rob.
  • imavery Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    thanks for sharing your experiences, sounds like it would be the right solution to what I would like to be able to do