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HT4600 So. The manual indicates I can set the LED to flash on activity.

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ffr2822 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 29, 2012 2:31 PM

Running MountainLion


I have a first generation Time Capsule, which long ago I set the LED to flash on activity. I happen to like that setting. Alot. Lets me visually diagnose that our broadband connection has croaked (again). I just bought a 4th generation Time Capsule. The manual indicates I can set the LED to flashing, and obviously, once upon a time I knew how. I check the base station pane, where I am supposed to be able to set this. AND THERE IS NO FREAKING OPTION TO SET BLINKING. Sorry. Frustrated here.

Checked with both 6.1 and 5.6 versions of the airport utility.


So. Are the manuals full of excrement, or did Apple mess up and remove a function many of us really, really, really liked?

Time Capsule 802.11n (4th Gen), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,720 points)

    I have no issues..


    If you are running 5.6 utility in ML.. go to manual setup and airport settings.. still works fine.


    Screen shot 2012-09-30 at 8.09.52 AM.png

    Click on options


    Screen shot 2012-09-30 at 8.10.09 AM.png


    If you do not have the option even in 5.6 utility, downgrade the firmware on the TC to 7.5.2


    Then it should work.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,720 points)

    Manuals are amazingly and badly out of date.. don't know what Apple is doing.. but it looks like their router range is very low priority.


    You can install 5.6 on ML with a bit of trickery.. Don't use the Apple installer.. unpackage the AU.. it is easy and if you google you will find plenty of instructions.. just in case you need to clean install ML in the future.


    The 6.1 utility is a toy.. like a plastic hammer.. good for plastic nails.. in plastic toys.. but no use in the real world. Then you need a tool.. Apple seem confused about utilities.. they are tools.. not toys.


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