Installing the Time Capsule for Time Machine

As I was stepping through the process of mounting the disc into the Time Capsule as a Network disc, I realized I had two settings that may have caused a conflict. I reset everything to the factory settings. The second time through, it warned me. The first warning asked me if I really wanted to configure it over WAN. More importantly, it warned me that I was assigning DHCP, when something else was already doing so. THAT is the kind of error checking I am talking about. It’s not an “oopsie” at all. It could have been… but this error reporting saved the day. I am overly impressed that this actually worked. It’s just… WOW. The Wow has finally started. *wink*

Setup is easy. All you need to do is plug all of the appropriate cables in for your network and then plug in the Time Capsule’s power cord. There’s no power switch, so it comes right on. A screen pops up when you insert the Time Capsule’s CD, and from there you click on the Time Capsule icon to install the update to your Mac’s AirPort Utility. The AirPort Utility serves as the primary software interface for the Time Capsule. Most of the software setup is easy, but a few screens might puzzle you if you’re not that network savvy.

One feature Time Capsule offers is the ability to add more storage via its USB port. We connected a simple USB flash drive (the “NO NAME” volume in the shot below), and it popped up almost instantly on the Time Capsule’s devices screen. The only stipulation is that you have to enter the Time Capsule’s password, which you establish during setup, before it will allow you to access the new drive.

More than just a wireless hard drive, Time Capsule is also a full-featured AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n technology. Experience a high-speed wireless network and a breakthrough way to back up all the Mac computers on your network. All in one device. Time Capsule uses the 802.11n draft 2.0 specification, so you can rest assured that it works with certified 802.11n draft 2.0 products. And it’s compatible with Macs and PCs that use 802.11a, b, or g technologies, as well as wireless devices such as iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple TV. Time Capsule with Time Machine in Leopard is the ideal backup solution. But that doesn’t mean Tiger, Windows XP, and Windows Vista users can’t enjoy the benefits of Time Capsule, too. Because it mounts as a wireless hard drive, Tiger and Windows users simply access Time Capsule directly from the wireless network for exchanging and storing files quickly and easily.


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37 thoughts on “Installing the Time Capsule for Time Machine”

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  2. Since i got time capsule. its been worth every penny it syncs with time machine wit ease i am going try to find a way to partition if to windows and just transfer files from my windows comp to my macbook. the only thing i a little bit sceptic about is the HDD it self. it contains the worlds most dreaded hard drive the Hitachi Deskstar A.K.A DEATHSTAR these HDD are known to crash more often. thus this problem confused me because messiah steve said they where server quality.

  3. I honestly think you talk too much… i seen someone say you’re getting paid for this, maybe you just say filler words to make the video longer… but I do think you’re very informative, just too talkative … I can’t sit and watch this for 8 minutes and tons of other stuff you ad in, maybe you should use cards with keypoints… great vid though

  4. Can you just use the Time Capsule for wireless use or do you NEED to have Time Machine to make it work… cause I don’t have Leopard yet… so I was wondering if it would work without Leopard…

  5. Time machine spends good but its sound more like a wireless external hard drive. Is it possible to back-up 2 macs to the same time machine. Also apple is limiting there market place by only putting time machine for leopard come on not even if your using OSX 10.4. that shows how much apple cares about the community. Well I know i’m still getting a mac.

  6. I just installed time capsule and back up 3 MACs (2iMacs and a Macbook) using time machine – works fine

  7. @hicehz… wtf do you mean ‘that’s how much apple cares about the community’? You can still access the time capsule, in 10.4, you just back your store your stuff manually… Yes, how dare they include new features in a new OS without giving them to every previous OS… grow up dude.

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