Any issues with placing time Capsule on top of a Mac Mini?

das22

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I had to rearrange the desk workspace area and figured since there are no vents on the top of the mini or bottom of the Time Capsule I could stack them. Has anyone had an issue with this? Or is this a known no no?
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noremacyug

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Any issues with placing time Capsule on top of a Mac Mini?

So long as you're not impeding airflow or blocking vents there shouldn't be an issue. I'd put the mini on the time capsule since the time capsule has a bigger footprint, but that's just me being anal. It's a shame they aren't the same color.
 

Gav2k

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Minis get hot and so do tc's when your backing up. Personally I wouldn't do it. If you have to stack them put the mini on top as it uses it's body to help cool itself.
 

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Minis get hot and so do tc's when your backing up. Personally I wouldn't do it. If you have to stack them put the mini on top as it uses it's body to help cool itself.
Agree - both get quite hot at times, if you have to stack them, put the mini on top or stand them up vertically side by side.

They both need decent airflow between them.
 

noremacyug

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I've not had any heat issues with my mini. It's stayed ridiculously cool. But if it is a problem, you could also put something between them as spacers to allow some airflow between them. Maybe some big rubber feet, etc.
 

das22

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Great input.

Thanks for the input. The only reason I put the TC on top was worries of wireless interference. Then just thinking about it some more accessing the USB ports on back are a pain with then TC on top too?
Maybe I will just make space and separate the two.
Thanks all
 

noremacyug

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Any issues with placing time Capsule on top of a Mac Mini?

If you sit too close to the TC, you will catch too much radiation.

Don't think one should be too worried bout the "radiation risks". If cellphones have been shown to pose no risk, I doubt a router does either.

http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2014/02/11-year-mthr-study-finds-danger-wireless-mobile-phone-radiation.html

http://www.mthr.org.uk/research_projects/FinalReportDimbylow.htm

On another note, how bout that global warming and all these record cold temps this year.
 
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MrGuder

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Doesn't the new time capsule tall one have the wifi router built inside...is that better range than a normal router?
 

Arran

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Maybe I will just make space and separate the two.
I would keep them in separate rooms if at all possible. Preferably with the TC hidden out of sight.

If a burglar breaks in and steals your tidy little Mac+TC 'stack', then you've lost everything: Your hardware, your data and your backups. All is similarly lost in a fire, flood or other disaster.

Unless you maintain regular offsite backups - in which case you're fine.
 

das22

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Doesn't the new time capsule tall one have the wifi router built inside...is that better range than a normal router?
Yes. Only using it for a backup.

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I would keep them in separate rooms if at all possible. Preferably with the TC hidden out of sight.

If a burglar breaks in and steals your tidy little Mac+TC 'stack', then you've lost everything: Your hardware, your data and your backups. All is similarly lost in a fire, flood or other disaster.

Unless you maintain regular offsite backups - in which case you're fine.
It's one of multiple Mac setup in the house. Plus there are two well trained 150+ pound four legged family members that they'd have to worry about first.
 

FrankHahn

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Don't think one should be too worried bout the "radiation risks". If cellphones have been shown to pose no risk, I doubt a router does either.

http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2014/02/11-year-mthr-study-finds-danger-wireless-mobile-phone-radiation.html

http://www.mthr.org.uk/research_projects/FinalReportDimbylow.htm

On another note, how bout that global warming and all these record cold temps this year.
Do not forget that a router radiates much more energy than a cellular phone.

Officially, Apple advises that the distance between a TC and any part of a human body should be no less than 20 cm.
 

noremacyug

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Any issues with placing time Capsule on top of a Mac Mini?

Do not forget that a router radiates much more energy than a cellular phone.



Officially, Apple advises that the distance between a TC and any part of a human body should be no less than 20 cm.

Sorry don't buy into that either. Radio and TV stations have been around for years and crank out some real juice, no I'll effects tied to them. Also, from what I've read, "the World Health Organization says RF exposures from routers range from 0.002 percent to 2 percent of the levels of international exposure guidelines. The WHO says this is lower than RF exposures from radio or TVs, and adds that the body absorbs up to five times more the signal from FM radio and television." So if you buy into the router dangers you'll definitely wanna rid yourself of your tv, etc.

Anyhow, this has gone way off topic so I'll leave it be. Needless to say I disagree with FrankHaun, but that's cool, he can believe what he wants and so can I. It's all good.

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Doesn't the new time capsule tall one have the wifi router built inside...is that better range than a normal router?




The old one had routing/wifi capabilities too. The newest one is wireless AC and has beam-forming (oooooh!!!). Also the new one connects the internal hdd via PCI or something, can't remember. Either way it's supposed to be faster than the usb (I think) bus that was used in older models. All I know is that I was getting 30MB/s rates during time machine backups to it over wifi....very nice. The only reason I didn't keep it was cause the asus rt-ac66u I bought has more capabilities that I wanted for half the money. I do miss the time capsule though, I may go back to one yet.
 

das22

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moved it back for now.

Depending on the config of whatever new Mac Mini comes out I will look at the issue again. Thanks for all the tips and bits of advice.
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