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Question: Win 10 PC access to Time Capsule Disk

When I was using my Airport Time Capsule as a router I could access it's disk with the file manager on my Win 10 PC. I recently started using a different router and set my Airport to Wireless Network Mode-Off and Network Router Mode-Off(Bridge Mode). Since I did that I am unable to access the disk. My Airport shows up in File Manager

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However, when I click on it I get this window

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The name is correct.

I've tried the Diagnose but that doesn't help.

I used this to transfer files between my IMAC and my PC.

I sure would like to use it again.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

AirPort Time Capsule 802.11ac, Windows 10, null

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Open a command window and ping the address.. if it responds then you have to turn SMB1 back on.


See how te re-enable SMB1 in windows1o


IMHO.. it means using the TC as intermediate between mac and windows is now not a great idea.. there is no reason over the network you cannot directly connect windows to Mac using SMB2 or higher.

SMB1 was used by wannacry ransomware.. it is a bad idea to turn it on permanently.

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Jun 22, 2018 2:07 PM in response to lawrencefrommarseilles In response to lawrencefrommarseilles

It will not show up as a disk in file explorer. Or in Finder more than likely. Especially since the very latest versions of windows and Mac OS have changed a fair bit and ramped up security.


Are you running High Sierra with latest patches?

If not tell me exactly what Mac OS you are on?


A friend has my Win10 laptop so I am going to need to work from one of the desktop machines around the house.

I have set this up for other people .. so let me see how I go with doing it for latest configuration of Mac and windows.

House is undergoing renovations so this might take a day or two.


But the basics is to turn on SMB sharing.


Note the stuff about windows..


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Use a short name and 8-20 character password which should be identical on both computers.

Name is pure alphanumeric mixed case and numbers.. same with password.

Make sure the name of the Mac is also short, no spaces and pure alphanumeric.

Again you fix it under sharing. main screen, computer name.


Also remember it is generally easier to use IP addresses.


So in the PC type in \\10.0.1.106 (whatever is actual IP of the Mac)

From the Mac.. in Finder.. Go, Connect to Server, and type in SMB://10.0.1.105 (Use actual IP of the Win machine).


Expect all that will open is guest share folder (directory) on each.. you will be unlikely to see the whole directory structure.

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Jun 21, 2018 2:36 PM in response to lawrencefrommarseilles In response to lawrencefrommarseilles

A recent update of windows has caused issues by turning off SMB1.. it is a major security risk.


Just to check it is not something else instead of using the TC name.. use it's IP address.


Find the IP from the Mac in airport utility.. eg 192.168.1.102


Then in windows explorer type in the address bar.. \\192.168.1.102 (replacing with the actual TC address).


Tell us how that goes.

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Jun 21, 2018 3:54 PM in response to lawrencefrommarseilles In response to lawrencefrommarseilles

Open a command window and ping the address.. if it responds then you have to turn SMB1 back on.


See how te re-enable SMB1 in windows1o


IMHO.. it means using the TC as intermediate between mac and windows is now not a great idea.. there is no reason over the network you cannot directly connect windows to Mac using SMB2 or higher.

SMB1 was used by wannacry ransomware.. it is a bad idea to turn it on permanently.

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Jun 22, 2018 8:15 AM in response to lawrencefrommarseilles In response to lawrencefrommarseilles

I've tried to connect these two machines to no avail. I've gone through several procedures I found on line to set up file sharing between PCs and MACs. Nothing works. I can ping each machine from the other satisfactorily but neither one is visible from the other. The MAC does not appear in file explorer and the PC does not appear in finder.

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Jun 22, 2018 2:07 PM in response to lawrencefrommarseilles In response to lawrencefrommarseilles

It will not show up as a disk in file explorer. Or in Finder more than likely. Especially since the very latest versions of windows and Mac OS have changed a fair bit and ramped up security.


Are you running High Sierra with latest patches?

If not tell me exactly what Mac OS you are on?


A friend has my Win10 laptop so I am going to need to work from one of the desktop machines around the house.

I have set this up for other people .. so let me see how I go with doing it for latest configuration of Mac and windows.

House is undergoing renovations so this might take a day or two.


But the basics is to turn on SMB sharing.


Note the stuff about windows..


User uploaded file


Use a short name and 8-20 character password which should be identical on both computers.

Name is pure alphanumeric mixed case and numbers.. same with password.

Make sure the name of the Mac is also short, no spaces and pure alphanumeric.

Again you fix it under sharing. main screen, computer name.


Also remember it is generally easier to use IP addresses.


So in the PC type in \\10.0.1.106 (whatever is actual IP of the Mac)

From the Mac.. in Finder.. Go, Connect to Server, and type in SMB://10.0.1.105 (Use actual IP of the Win machine).


Expect all that will open is guest share folder (directory) on each.. you will be unlikely to see the whole directory structure.

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Jun 22, 2018 3:42 PM in response to lawrencefrommarseilles In response to lawrencefrommarseilles

Well the first bit of the test is easy.. but this computer is running El Capo.. and I suspect will be a lot easier than High Sierra.. do tell me what version you are running.


From Win10 1709 release.. I can see the whole Mac file structure.


I am having a lot less luck from the Mac side opening windows.. I think I will need to create a new local administrator.

Remember this is going to have trouble using the normal windows network login.. so create another user on the windows machine who is local admin. Maybe just turn on the guest account. That should at least give you some access.


The warning message I pointed out that windows stores its password under more security than Mac can handle makes this a lot more difficult from the Mac side.

Jun 22, 2018 3:42 PM

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Jun 22, 2018 4:01 PM in response to LaPastenague In response to LaPastenague

Running Sierra 10.12.6 up to date

Windows 10 Home 1803

I finally can access the disk in my TC. I'm not sure how that happened. I was going thru many different procedures to gain access to my MAC and during that process I did check the TC and it opened. One of the things I did though was turn on SMB1 on my PC. I don't want to leave it on though so I still want to try to share with the computers.

I don't have time now but tomorrow I'll set up the accounts you talk about above. Again Thank you so much for your help.

Jun 22, 2018 4:01 PM

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Jun 22, 2018 4:04 PM in response to LaPastenague In response to LaPastenague

It is frustrating.

Windows side.. you will need to fiddle around.. It is windows after all.


I could not get even Guest to work..


Don't give up.

Look up the details which involved going to management area for users in windows..


Type Lusrmgr.msc into start


Using this I discovered there is a difference between user name and account name.


You will need to set up carefully (don't block yourself from your windows account).. but saving a fresh user and password could be a good idea.


So what looked like a username of Fred had an account name of Fred_2 .. I also changed its password.. now I can see it from the Mac...

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Jun 23, 2018 3:37 PM in response to lawrencefrommarseilles In response to lawrencefrommarseilles

MS keeps changing things..


I am really fairly into the Mac world now.. and although I think win10 is a big improvement.. I kind of hate the way MS can turn stuff on and off between patches..


In 1803 the version you are running they turned off home group.


https://www.tenforums.com/network-sharing/111210-win10-1803-loss-direct-ethernet -link-between-2-pcs.html


So not only do you have issues with Mac connecting to a PC .. you cannot even get reliable PC to PC connections.


Anyhow.. glad you got it to go.


At some point in the future when the TC breaks down.. buy a Synology NAS.. expensive but a big step up in performance, file serving to both windows and Mac.. Time Machine backup etc.

Jun 23, 2018 3:37 PM

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