well, i suppose it would be more accurate to say that time capsule was sent on vacation.
everything was working just fine for almost a year, until my roommate decided to reset the cable modem last night.
this is the way things had been set up (and, again, they were working just fine): we have comcast internet, with a modem and router provided by comcast. i have a macbook pro, running lion 10.7.4 (and can't upgrade to mountain lion). my roommate has two windows laptops (which are generally irrelevant, except for the fact that she used to be able to print wirelessly). i have a 2TB time capsule. i have a brother multifunction printer. time machine backed up the macbook pro to the time capsule wirelessly. the printer was connected via usb to the time machine, enabling us to print wirelessly. (i was never able to have scans go to the time capsule, and then access them wirelessly from the macbook pro, but i gave up on trying to get that to work. to scan, i just unplug the time capsule, then take the usb cord from printer to the time capsule and plug it into the macbook pro, scan, reconnect the printer & the time capsule, and then plug the time capsule back in.)
as i've said, everything (except the scanning) worked fine. then last night, my roommate said she was having internet issues. she reset the modem. i had asked her to unplug the time capsule first, but she didn't. i don't know if that has anything to do with the ensuing problems. after she reset the modem, things APPEARED to work fine. my internet was working again, and the time capsule had a solid green light.
this morning, i attempted to print something. the print queue said that the printer was not connected. it appeared to be, so i just went & unplugged the time capsule, waited a few minutes, and plugged it back in. it never booted back up (if that's the right term) properly. instead of going to a solid green, the light on the time capsule flashed amber. naturally, i tried unplugging & replugging the time capsule again. the result was the same flashing amber light. i tried unplugging the time capsule, resetting the modem and the entire network, and then plugging the time capsule back in. still, the light flashed amber.
i googled, and found instructions on resetting the time capsule. i opened airport utility, and although it found the time capsule, it said that it USED TO BE part of the network. i tried resetting the time capsule again. this time, airport utility didn't locate the time capsule at all. i shut down airport utility and once again reset the time capsule, using a hard reset. airport utility found the time capsule. i was able to click on other options, and then choose to restore previous settings. it popped up the correct network to join, and went through a bunch of things (finding the time capsule, miscellaneous things), and then it got to a point where it said that it was waiting for my time capsule. it waited for quite a long time, then displayed a message that an unexpected error occurred.
but then when i tried to do it over, airport utility couldn't detect the time capsule. so, i did another hard reset. airport utility found the time capsule. exactly the same thing happened again. so after another hard reset, rather than try to restore previous settings, i tried to just have it join an existing network. it found the network, appeared to be doing its thing, and then got hung up on the "waiting for the time capsule" step again before displaying a message that an unexpected error occurred.
i've tried factory default reset, running airport utility with the time capsule connected to the macbook pro via ethernet, and nothing works. however, at one point, the printer started up & printed out the email i had tried to print hours ago. i thought everything was fine, but the light still flashed amber and it was impossible to connect to the time capsule. so i tried everything again. nothing is working.
i've unplugged the time machine for a while. i guess it wanted a vacation. but does anyone have any suggestions on how i might go about getting the functionality i previously had?
and i apologise for the lengthy post.