Access Time Capsule Files Remotely from Mac and PC

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Cergman, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Cergman macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2013
    my tesla
    I have a Time Capsule and was wondering how I would go about setting it up so I can access the files from my Mac and PC anywhere.
  2. el-John-o macrumors 65816

    Nov 29, 2010
    As I understand it, the latest firmware and the latest version of Airport Utility took away the ability to hose your files over the internet. It can still be done, but only with third party software and, presumably, an always-on computer acting as a server (unless there is a workaround to re-enable the features on the Time Capsule). I haven't looked into the issue in depth though, I just recall reading something to that effect.

    Why do you need this functionality? Perhaps there is a better way. I use DropBox (iCloud works the same way) for most of my files that I need to access elsewhere. Then, it's kept on secure enterprise level equipment, not my home router, and is thus much more secure. It's also much faster, as I'm not limited to the upload speed of my ISP.

    Granted, this isn't the best solution if you have a lot of files or the files are big, but when working with big files, remember your home internet connection is likely only in the 1-3mbps upload range. That is VERY VERY slow when dealing with large files! A cloud solution is usually better, and if you can limit it in size, iCloud and Dropbox both have free options!
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You can still do it, but you need to use the more full featured Airport Utility 5.6. If you are on Mountain Lion the installer will stop you... just get the bare DMG from here instead.

  4. PatriotInvasion macrumors 68000


    Jul 18, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I just set up Time Capsule remote access with AppleCare using Back to My Mac and clicking a few check boxes in AirPort Utliity -

    As for accessing your Time Capsule from Windows, I have no clue...sorry

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