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mwoj00 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have just purchased an apple time capsule used from ebay. I don't have the software discs or anything so please post a link to a downloadable version[for pc]. I am wondering if I could set it up using a pc and make it a place for backups and a wifi extender for my other network. I don't want it to be a wirelesss repeater because it is going on the otherside of the room so I want to be able to just plug in an ethernet cable. Please tell me what programs I need and exactly how to set it up. Thank You

  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (45,320 points)

    mwoj00 wrote:

     

    I have just purchased an apple time capsule used from ebay. I don't have the software discs or anything so please post a link to a downloadable version[for pc].

    For xp sp3 http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1391

     

    For win7 only http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1547

     

    There is none for win8 yet.

     

    You will never guess how I found those.. it begins with G.. a company that Apple hates but we love.. for seaching.

     

     

    I am wondering if I could set it up using a pc and make it a place for backups and a wifi extender for my other network. I don't want it to be a wirelesss repeater because it is going on the otherside of the room so I want to be able to just plug in an ethernet cable. Please tell me what programs I need and exactly how to set it up. Thank You

    You can do all those things..

     

    Plug the TC into the computer by ethernet to do the setup..

    Open the airport utility you just downloaded.. all setup is done via this utility.

     

    1. Rename the TC, the wireless and the hard disk (if required) to SMB names.. short, no spaces, pure alphanumeric. This is mac version utility but the basic headings are the same.

     

    defaultname.png

    So get rid of that name.. and give it a simple name.. TCGenx whatever you like.. but no spaces.. no special characters.

     

    Do the same on the wireless page and the disk page.

     

    2. Set the TC to bridge mode.

    bridge.png

     

    3. Setup the wireless network.

    wirelesspage.png

    The setup is to create a wireless network.. set the mode but auto should be ok.. set wireless channels if you have issues but auto is probably ok there as well.

    But this is my preferred setup.. also hit wireless network options and give a different name to 5ghz.

    wirelesscountry.png

    Make sure the country is correct.. etc.

     

    4. Setup file sharing.

    filesharing.png

    I turn on the guest account.. less security .. easier for windows.

    Set the right workgroup.

  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (45,320 points)

    Please tell me what programs I need and exactly how to set it up. Thank You

    For backup to a TC you need a software that can use network drives.. home edition windows cannot backup to networks.. although MSBackup is so bad that only people with blood transfusions from Mr Gates will stomach it..

     

    There are many thousands of backup softwares.. get one that works to network drives.. 90% do.

     

    Get ones that are easy to restore from.

     

    I use Macrium Reflect . free for disk images.. you will need to pay to do incrementals.

  • mwoj00 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Do I plug the ethernet cord from my other router in first. And then plug an ethernet cord into port 1 and then the other end to my pc

  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (45,320 points)

    No, setup the TC first in isolation from the network. so when you plug it in you do not have network issues.

     

    In most cases it will of course work fine.. it is just people worry about flashing amber LED.. whereas it means nothing until you finish the setup.

  • mwoj00 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    do I plug the Ethernet cable into the Wan port? And I'm trying to extend my linksys wifi, not another capsule.

  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (45,320 points)

    In bridge it makes no difference.. there are no wan ports. WAN is converted by the TC to LAN..

     

    But for convenience yes.. it is easier to remember then what goes to what.

  • mwoj00 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    which port do I plug the Ethernet cable into

  • mwoj00 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    but my wifi is password protected does it matter

  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (45,320 points)

    mwoj00 wrote:

     

    which port do I plug the Ethernet cable into

    Any.. they are all the same.

     

    That is what I wrote.. in bridge it makes no difference.. there is no wan port in bridge.. there in only LAN.. you now have 4 lan ports.. plug it into 1 or 2 or 3 or 4.. they are all LAN ports.

     

     

    mwoj00 wrote:

     

    but my wifi is password protected does it matter

    Sorry now you have lost me.. you are not wifi extending.. which is impossible.. we already did that.

     

    You create a whole new wireless on the TC.. Please look at all the screen shots I gave you.. you create a new wireless network..

     

    You can give it identical settings to the existing wifi.. or different ones.. roaming doesn't work on PC's anyway so you may as well use completely different setup.. but your wifi password is whatever it is. Use the same on both.. setup exactly as I pictured.. with your names and passwords obviously.

  • mwoj00 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    All I want is to use it too extend my wifi

  • mwoj00 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I do have a mac if I need it

  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (45,320 points)

    Extend wifi means repeater.. in the first post you said no repeater..

    You also said it was for backups.. now it is not for backups???

     

     

    mwoj00 wrote:

     

    All I want is to use it too extend my wifi

     

    The method I have given is to use the TC purely as a WAP.. that is what it does.. it creates a wireless network.. you plug the TC in by ethernet.. and you create a wireless network.

     

    Now you can plck whatever you want for the Network name.. I recommend you use a different name.. otherwise on pc system you have no idea what is going on. Mac's can roam properly. If you want to roam with the Mac then setup the wireless for both the main router and the TC with identical names.. identical security setting and password.. but different channels.. as already described. Follow my original post to the letter. deviate neither to the left nor to the right.. use your own names.. and passwords being the only difference.

  • mwoj00 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes I want it to be a repeater

  • mwoj00 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    is there a way I can use it as a place for files and a repeater

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