I am a newbie to Macs and have bought an 27” iMac and an Airport Time Capsule 3TB (the new high slim version).
I gather there are three different ways to make the TC work:
directly via ethernet
wirelessly without connecting the TC to the modem/router
wirelessly connecting the TC to the modem/router
WIRELESS NOT PLUGGED IN:
Yesterday I tried to set it up wirelessly but without connecting the TC to the modem from my ISP.
It worked (sort of). The setup procedure (or maybe I...) set up a different network. I could connect to that and make a backup (the first ever) wirelessly via Time Machine, but I would have no access to the internet while doing it. With 700 GB to backup it was not my preferred solution and I terminated the backup.
I could get my internet connection back selecting my “old” network and then I could not see the TC. I tried various hints gleaned from here and elsewhere, but I could not change that and decided to go ethernet only.
Today I have tried to connect the TC directly to the iMac with an ethernet cable, but I cannot get the iMac to see the TC via the cable. Whenever I turn on the TC it is available in the “Finder” as shared. It does not show up on the desktop even though I have set it to do so.
As a former Windows user I cannot understand why the TC does not show up as a disk when connecting via ethernet. I have tried moving the ethernet connection on top - that did not solve anything. Using my infinite abilities to make things go awry it does not show up as a wireless option any longer.
WIRELESS PLUGGED IN:
I have also tried this, but during the setup procedure the Airport Utility cannot find the TC then. It awaits response and then terminates after a while.
I stand in quicksand with concrete boots on ;-(
WHAT I NEED (would settle for):
I have tried various configurations and both resetting the TC with power on and holding in the reset button turning power on, but nothing seems to help. I would like to reset “everything” including Time Machine and then connect via ethernet only. My ethernet cable is working btw.
Can anybody tell me how to proceed? How do I reset everything and get it running in ethernet only?
All input much appreciated and please be detailed. I have never quite been comfortable with computers you cannot walk inside...