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  • 15. Re: Adding a Time Capsule to an existing network ...
    Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (78,740 points)

    The operating system on the Mac is something like Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, etc. AirPort Utillty is different in different versions of the operating system.

     

    If you want help with the configuration of the Time Capsule.....it sounds like you already have it setup......we need to know which version of AirPort Utility that you wil be using. The operating system will tell us that.

     

    If you do not need any more configuration help with the Time Capsule, then there is no need to provide the operating system that you are using unless you intend to make future changes and are not sure how to do this.

  • 16. Re: Adding a Time Capsule to an existing network ...
    Robert Lesperance Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)

    Bob,

     

    I know what an OS is.  I wondered what you ment by your comment since setting up a AEBS or TC is almost automatic with the Airport utility.

     

    Thanks for all your help and  for sharing all these information so generoulsy.

     

     

     

    Robert

  • 17. Re: Adding a Time Capsule to an existing network ...
    Robert Lesperance Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)

    Hi Bob,

     

    My AEBS is 3 feet away from my computer and located on the second level at on end of the house.  My AEBS is hardly accessible by my iPad/iPhone/MBA when I am in the middle of the house.  For later use, I ran a CAT6 ethernet cable to the basement but nearer of the middle of my house. 

     

    My TC is wired and actually just beside the AEBS.  All my backup tests work great, so I am ready to move it away from my computer.  

     

    When I move my TC in the basement, will my actual TC setup allow me to also use it to extend my actual network or do I have to modify the TC settings ? 

     

    Best regards.

  • 18. Re: Adding a Time Capsule to an existing network ...
    Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (78,740 points)
    When I move my TC in the basement, will my actual TC setup allow me to also use it to extend my actual network or do I have to modify the TC settings ?

     

    Kind of a loaded question here since we do not know how the TC is currently configured as far as wireless is concerned.

     

    I doubt that you configured the TC to provide more wireless coverage if the AEBS sitting next to it was already providing that service, but I don't want to guess.

     

    If the TC was not configured to provide additional wireless service, then you will need to change some settings when you move it to the basement.

     

    Ironically, in a special case like this it is easier to do if you have AirPort Utility 5.x available.

     

    If you are using AirPort Utility 6.1 with Lion or Mountain Lion, then the "auto" setup utility forces you to reset the TC before it can be configured again. The setup is easy....having to reset it and start over is a bit of a hassle.

     

    Ii was surprised when I found out during some other tests that AirPort Utility 6.1 would not allow me to make some simple changes in the configuration of a device when I moved it. I had to reset the device and start over again.

  • 19. Re: Adding a Time Capsule to an existing network ...
    Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (78,740 points)

    Now that I think of it, you may have mentioned that you already configured the TC to "extend". I would have advised against that at the time if it was so close to the AEBS, but what is done is done.

     

    If you did configure the TC to extend at the time, then all you really need to do is move the TC to its new location, hook up the Ethernet cable to the WAN port and power it up.

     

    It would be a good idea though, to power cycle the entire network again. Just power everything off in any order you want and then start up one device at a time modem first and working out through the network.

  • 20. Re: Adding a Time Capsule to an existing network ...
    Robert Lesperance Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)

    Thanks Bob ... 

     

    I have the Airport Utility 6.1.  How can I know how it was configured ? 

     

    If the TC is an extension to my AEBS, should it have a network name like my AEBS does ?  As a network extension, does the TC show up or does it work all in background ?

  • 21. Re: Adding a Time Capsule to an existing network ...
    Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (78,740 points)
    How can I know how it was configured ?

    Looking back in this post, I see that you previously said.....

     

    Actually, the TC is connected to the AEBS through the WAN «O» port and configured as an extension to the AEBS.

     

    To me, that means that you already configured the TC to act as another wireless access point. To check.....

     

    Open AirPort Utility

    Click on the TC, then click Edit

    Click the Wireless tab at the top of the window

    What is the setting for Network Mode ?

  • 22. Re: Adding a Time Capsule to an existing network ...
    Robert Lesperance Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)

    «Create a wireless network» is chosen ...

  • 23. Re: Adding a Time Capsule to an existing network ...
    Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (78,740 points)

    Then you are all set. Move the TC to its new location, connect the Ethernet cable to the WAN port. and start things up.

     

    Then power cycle the entire network as I mentioned above.

     

    All you are really doing here is connecting the Time Capsule to a longer Ethernet cable.

  • 25. Re: Adding a Time Capsule to an existing network ...
    Robert Lesperance Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)

    Does it have to be wired to the AEBS or can it also be used as a separate wireless access point ?

  • 26. Re: Adding a Time Capsule to an existing network ...
    Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (78,740 points)

    Wired....unless you want to give up a lot of performance and start all over again with a new configuration. This is why I thought you installed the Ethernet cable.

  • 27. Re: Adding a Time Capsule to an existing network ...
    Robert Lesperance Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)

    Thank you so much Bob ...  I am so grateful for your prompt reply, all possible because of the internet.  Thanks !

  • 28. Re: Adding a Time Capsule to an existing network ...
    Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (78,740 points)

    Good luck!  Post back to let us know how the TC is working at the new location.

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