Coolest Thing About New Airport Ex/Time Capsule

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by bbbobbb, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2006
    Fits perfectly on top of the current ATV....wish I could make the my TC black to match... :)

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  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    My only concern would be issues with heat build up between the devices. There could be too much after a short while that would negatively affect performance of one or both of them.
  3. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Yeah the color kills it.

    I don't really like the weird shapes of recent access points. I have my equipment rack mounted and prefer them at their original rectangular shape.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    So the question the new airport express, is there room to fit the guts of the atv??? Seeming the TM has a hard drive and the AE doesn't.
  5. macrumors 68030


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    White is the new black ;)
  6. darknyt, Jun 19, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 19, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2009
    ^^^ THIS.

    You would have to be bat-**** crazy to stack those.

    My kids killed one of my extreme routers by putting a book or something on top of one that let heat build up. Say what you will, but that thing was practically nuclear-hot by the time I realized what they had done and got it off there.

    After that it would never work right and I ended up having to replace it.
  7. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    I once set a small Cisco switch on top of my 2nd generation AEBS and after 2 days they got so hot, my network wasn't working properly and I had to set them side-by-side and put a fan on them to cool them down. After about an hour things were working well again.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2007
  9. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    These work real well. I have two WD essentials HDDs stacked that stream movies. I use these in between, I don't have to stick them, they just rest in between the drives.
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2006
    Really? Do you own a new Time Capsule or are you just bat-**** crazy?

    Where does your real world knowledge come from concerning this setup?

    Have you looked at where the fan input AND output is for the Time Capsule?
  11. macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    A Time Capsule has a hard drive, and hard drives causes heat when they are in use. Apple TV's also have a possessor, and again when in use they can generate heat.
    Personally I wouldn't do this and keep stuff like that spaced apart to they get air all around as much as possible.
  12. macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    iOreo :)
  13. macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    Blowtorch should do the trick. ;)
  14. macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2008
    Heat is an issue. Why not create some type of spacer that leaves say about 3/4 inch to 1 inch between the two stacked.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2008
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    That stack looks like a recipe for disaster. The Apple TV is getting suffocated in there. Remember it is passively cooled, there is no fan to help it when it is getting heat from the bluray play below and the airport on top.
  16. macrumors 68020


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    Wonder if the wifi really is 3x faster than my less then a year old TC lol
  17. MacSawdust, Jun 21, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2013

    macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2002
    Good News, Bad News

    The good news: The migration tool that pops up when you first plug in your new TC is nice. It transfers the settings from your old TC automatically. :) The bad news: It does not transfer the data from the old TC and you can't access the data afterwards on the old TC because the migration tool has deleted the directory. I tried several recovery tools and they didn't work. :mad:

    The data rate and signal are much better than my old TC and it runs much cooler too.
  18. macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2013
    Will the new Time Capsule improve the streaming with my Apple TV 3? Or does the Apple TV 3 have to be equipped itself with AC in order for there to be a difference?
  19. macrumors 68030


    Irrespective of where the ventilation openings are, heat rises, add to that those built-in heat generating power supplies, and it just isn't a good idea to stack those two units. In spite of his strongly worded reply, darknyt did have a valid point. I say, stack them at your own risk.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2009
    My real-world knowledge comes from building my own PCs for going on 20 years now and knowing the time-tested mantra: heat kills

    Fan input/output is not the only . . . input to this formula.

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist, or even ownership of a new time capsule to riddle that one out.

    Man am I late to this party. But if you think the new time capsule has solved heat issues endemic to all PC/Mac hardware, you are even later.

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