Quick AirPort Time Capsule Setup

timecapsuleThe AirPort Time Capsule is one Apple product that brings a lot of convenience to home users and professionals. The Time Capsule is a network device with a dual purpose: it works as a base station for wireless networking and helps users backup one or more computers on your wireless network through the Time Machine application. For optimum network speeds, the most recent Time Capsules are compatible with 802.11ac, the newest, fastest standard for WiFi connections.

If you’re the proud new owner of the latest AirPort Time Capsule, setting the device up can be a little intimidating. The good news is that the device works seamlessly with a network setup assistant built into a Mac’s AirPort Utility. The assistant takes you through the relatively foolproof process of first-time network configuration:

  • Connect the Ethernet cable on your DSL or cable modem to the Ethernet WAN port on the Time capsule and plug the Time Capsule into a power outlet. (There’s no power switch, so the device powers on as soon as it’s plugged in.)
  • Click the Wi-Fi icon on your Mac’s menu bar and choose the ‘Airport Time Capsule’ network. Choosing the network will boot up AirPort Utility.
  • On the AirPort Utility window, key in a network name, a base station name, and a password. You’ll also have the option to use a single password for all connections to your Time Capsule’s network. Click ‘Next’ to complete Time Capsule setup. Clicking ‘Done’ on the next page restarts the Time Capsule and applies the new settings.
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The Time Capsule is also designed to work perfectly with Time Machine, an application that you can use to create a backup of everything on your Mac, including documents, photos, movies, music, email messages, system files, and applications. The backups are subsequently updated, too, in hourly, daily, and weekly frequencies.

The first time you connect to your Time Capsule, a Time Machine window pops up to confirm if you want to use the Time Capsule as a backup device for your computer. Choose the option ‘Use as backup disk’ to start backing up your files. The initial backup typically takes some time, but you can speed it up by using Ethernet instead of a wireless connection. Alternatively, you can also access the Time Machine preferences and select your AirPort Time Capsule from the sheet that appears for the ‘Select Disk’ option.

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