If the Time Capsule was set back to factory default settings, it is now providing a default wireless network with a name like Apple Network xxxxxx, where the "x" can be either a letter or number.
You must first log on to this wireless network and establish a connection (there is no security, so no password is required).....then.....open AirPort Utility and configure the Time Capsule using wireless.
If you do not first log on to the default Apple Network xxxxxxx, AirPort Utility will never "find" the Time Capsule.
You also have an option of configuring the Time Capsule by connecting an Ethernet cable from your computer to one of the LAN <-> ports on the Time Capsule. If you try the Ethernet method, it would be a good idea to restart both the computer and Time Capsule. Once you have the Time Capsule setup and updated, you can disconnect the Ethernet cable.
Once AirPort Utility "sees" the Time Capsule, you can re-configure it using Manual Setup or follow the guided setup by clicking Continue.
I read previous posts and tried this all. First, it isn't seeing anything called Apple Network. When I open networks there are a bunch there but not that. I tried connecting ethernet to Time Capsule port so it could find it. And it never did. That's why I went back to the disc and started over with a new install. I am completely befuddled and have no idea what to do.
You mean that you are:
1) Clicking the fan shaped AirPort icon at the top of the Mac's screen
2) Clicking Join Other Network
3) Clicking Show Networks
4) Looking for Apple Network xxxxxx?
If you do not see the Apple Network xxxxxx, the Time Capsule was not reset correctly.
1) Pull the power cord from the back of the Time Capsule
2) Leave it off for at least 15 minutes, longer is better
3) Hold in the reset button
4) While you continue to hold in the reset button, plug the power back in to the Time Capsule and keep holding the reset button another 8-10 seconds, then release
5) Allow 30 seconds for the Time Capsule to restart to a slow blinking amber light
6) Repeat the steps in the first part of this message to locate Apple Network xxxxxx
Sorry, I have one more suggestion using the Ethernet cable from your Mac to one of the LAN ports
Open Airport Utility
Click the File menu in the upper left hand corner of the screen
Click Configure Other
Enter the following in the address box:
Enter the following in the password box
Duh.... I didn't have the ethernet connected to the TC. Ok. So now I see the Apple network. Hallelujah!! You are a genius! So now I see hte Apple network. I had actually seen it hours ago, didn't know what it meant nor what to do with it. So now that I'm here- finally- how on earth do I set up the TC and reconnect to my WPA2 enabled network which I can see when I click advanced ?
I did that before and that's where I messed up. I don't understand some of the choices it asks me to make. Do I want to create a new wirelss network or replace one or......Because each time I made a choice last time, it gave me another choice which got me into hot water. I don't really understand what I want to do.
BTW- just gave you a shout-out on Twitter. YOu are amazing to hang in with me like this!!!