13 Replies Latest reply: Dec 28, 2013 10:03 PM by Bob Timmons
okellyo Level 1 Level 1

i changed the settings in my time capsule to extend the wifi.  the setup i have is from my cable company there is modem router that is on the second floor.  i plugged in my time capsule to cat5 from that modem/router down on the first floor. it was working fine putting out its own signal but then i changed it to extend the cable company signal and now it is blinking amber light and i cannot figure out how to get back into it to change the settings.  i primarily want to know how to get back into the BaseStation and from there either extend the cable company wifi signal and/or create a secondary wifi signal from the timecapusle/basestation.


Airport TimeCapsule, Mac OS X (10.7.5), wifi signal
Solved by okellyo on Dec 28, 2013 6:06 PM Solved

nope.  not anymore.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10
    it was working fine putting out its own signal but then i changed it to extend the cable company signal and now it is blinking amber light and i cannot figure out how to get back into it to change the settings.

     

    If you open AirPort Utility, does the Time Capsule appear on the screen?

  • okellyo Level 1 Level 1

    nope.  not anymore.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10

    How about if you temporarily connect a spare Ethernet cable....any length will do...from your Mac to one of the LAN <-> ports on the Time Capsule?

     

    Also try disconnecting the cable from your modem/router that goes to the WAN port on the Time Capsule to see if that will allow the TIme Capsule to appear in AirPort Utility.

     

    What we are trying to do here is avoid having to start all over again from scratch.

     

    See your other post to find out what you should not have done.....but please do not respond there. We want to work here.

  • okellyo Level 1 Level 1

    i do not have an ethernet port on my laptop.  been searching hi and lo for usb to usb wire and gave up.  so just used the reset button and waiting to see what that does.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10

    What you are really asking about here is a "roaming network"....not an "extended network"

     

    In a roaming network, a device that logs on near your modem/router and later moves near the Time Capsule will automatically pick up the stronger signal from the Time Capsule without having to change networks.

     

    Same for a device that logs on near your Time Capsule and moves near the modem/router.

     

    Your modem/router and Time Capsule will be creating one "big" single network that has two wireless access points.

     

    If this is what you want to do. please post back.

  • okellyo Level 1 Level 1

    yes. that sounds correct.  i did the reset and now still not seeing the TC basestation in airport utility

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10

    Sorry, I am confused. I did not ask you to perform a reset, as we were trying to get things working without having to start over again from scratch.

     

    You marked your original problem as solved and I was suggesting a way to tweak your network, assuming that you had things working.

     

    You are now saying that you reset the Time Capsule and cannot find it with AirPort Utility?

  • okellyo Level 1 Level 1

    yes. oops.  sorry.  i did do the reset.  never used a posting board before.  im impressed with the response time being so fast and helpful.  im all yours now if you are interested in working this out with me. 

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10

    At this point, all that I can suggest is that you perform a "hard reset" to get the Time Capsule back to factory default settings as follows:

     

    Power up the Time Capsule for a few minutes

    Hold in the reset button on the back of the Time Capsule for 10 seconds, then release

    Allow a full minute for the Time Capsule to restart

     

    Open up AirPort Utility

    Click on the Other Wi-Fi Devices button

    Click on Time Capsule xxxxxxx

     

    That will get things started again. Configure the Time Capsule like you did originally.

     

    Once that is done, we can make some tweaks if you want.

  • okellyo Level 1 Level 1

    i did the hard reset and still flashes amber and not seen in airport utility.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10

    Please follow the steps in this support document to see if AirPort Utility can find the Time Capsule.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4597

     

    If still no luck, then we have exhausted our resources and you will need to call Apple Support.

  • okellyo Level 1 Level 1

    wait...i take it back.  it now shows in airport but with a yellow triangle error.  there's also a time machine showing with yello triangle but that time machine is not longer at this location. 

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10

    Please restart both the Time Capsule and your Mac.