Can I turn off the light on Time Capsule?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by cosrocket, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. cosrocket macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2008
    I have a Time Capsule that I use with Time Machine but I do not use it as my wireless router, I have another router for that. Is there a way that I can turn off the blinking amber light? It constantly blinks and is annoying so I'd like to turn it off, or at least stop it from blinking if possible.
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I have not seen a setting in Airport Utility that would allow you to turn off the light. Can't you just go to the Wireless tab in Airport Utility and turn off the wireless? I believe that would get you to a solid green light at least. Maybe slap a piece of black electrical tape over the light if that still bugs you?
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Yuck! They do make white electrical tape. So esthetically pleasing, the Steve himself would have approved.
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Real men use BLACK electrical tape. :D
  5. markp99 macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    New Hampshire
    I use my time capsule to extend my existing wireless router. My indicator is a steady green light. When the light is blinking amber, indicates there is an issue.

    From AirPort utility, does it report everything in good order with the Time Capsule?
  6. McGilli macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008
    You need to set the Airport config to ignore any warnings.

    Make sure that wireless is shut off, and same with DNS servers.

    then tell the Airport to ignore those and it will give you a solid green at all times.

    I attached a photo that should get you going in the right direction.

    After setting both to IGNORE - it will show you (see attached photo) that it will display green light instead of amber.

    Attached Files:

  7. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Or pick up some small decortive stickers at an office supply store. Little gold smiley faces throughout my house :)

    When will industry get a clue, every appliance/gadget does NOT need to double as an over powered night light. Whatever happened to "go green"? They may be low powered but still using way more power than is needed.

    Esp. those newer blue LED's. ENOUGH WITH THE ******* BLUE LED's!!!! They're like search lights in the middle of the night, crisscrossing the house! :confused:
  8. MikeyV1, Sep 13, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2013

    MikeyV1 macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2013
    Thanks McGilli

    McGilli suggestion resolved it for me! I hardwired TimeCapsule to my iMac via ethernet and just want to use it as a backup with Time Machine , so I have no need to resolve DNS or have access to internet.

    The ignore suggestion was perfect.

    Thanks again McGilli :D
  9. BookerDW macrumors member

    Maybe, but he's dead. So we'll never know what he would have approved.
  10. LizKat macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    Man, I killed the lights in my kitchen one night without having turned off the Keurig machine. You could see its blue lights from Mars. I can't imagine having something like a clock radio with blue LEDs in my bedroom.

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