Connect my secure Time Capsule network to neighbors free open wifi internet network?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Jaqdripper, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. Jaqdripper macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2009

    I'm brand new to this forum, so first let me say greetings to you all.

    I am a 39-year-old documentary director, and I live at the end of a cul de sac on a winding, narrow street, high in the Hollywood Hills in LA. For seven years, back in the 90's I was part owner of a Mac-only data recovery and repair outfit in LA called The MacMedics, so my knowledge of Macs past and present is fairly advanced. The one area that I must admit always eluded me though, was the nebulous complexities of networking. For some reason, I just never got it.

    I have fairly easily managed to incorporate a 1TB Time Capsule into my system, which right now consists of a souped to the max 17" HiDef "Penryn" BTO Macbook Pro with the 2.6ghz processor, 6gb RAM, 500GB 7200rpm HD, with a 30" cinema display, et al. I love it, and see myself holding onto it for a while, as I don't dig the styling on the unibodies (mine is the very last MBP of the pre-unibody styling), and this upgraded machine is screaming fast on PhotoShop CS4, Aperture, and Final Cut: my primary apps.

    TO CUT TO THE CHASE: until recently, Time-Fuc@#$%ing Warner Cable had not run cable modem service down our little road, so my neighbors and I were all forced to hang on to our pathetic v90 dongle modems for dial-up service. Recently, they finally wired the high-speed cable, and my neighbor, the founder & CEO of a notable software company (& possible the biggest Mac and techie freak in the world) granted us long suffering dial-up neighbors the gift of a wi-fi network with high-speed internet connection on his dime. It's an open network with no WPA2 encryption or anything.

    My difficulty is that I want to retain a SECURE (WPA2 Personal) wireless Airport connection (no Ethernet cable!) between my Macbook Pro and my Time Capsule and at the same time, connect to his open unsecured network using the Airport in my Time Capsule (which I have outfitted with a Quickertek External Antenna Kit for superior signal and clarity), so as to take advantage of his gift of high speed internet.

    Can this be achieved? Essentially, I guess I want two separate networks running simultaneously, as I cannot have anyone else be able to access my Time Capsule or MBP.

    Can some knowledgeable and kind soul either post or email me with line-item instructions on how to set up what I want using the Airport Set-up Utility? It's okay to talk to me like an idiot. In fact, I prefer it. I'm running Snow Leopard, and whatever the latest version of the Time Capsule software there is. I am willing to completely reset the TC and start from scratch if necessary. If it's not possible, I'll just buy the high-speed service myself, but, in these economic times, if I can utilize the gift he has offered, I surely would like to!

    As a sign of good faith as a noob to the forum, please feel free to bombard me with your data recovery queries. I had seven years of managing a level III clean room where we recovered data from over 700 PHYSICALLY damaged drives, as well as complete recoveries from close to 3000 drives with major catalog tree, boot block and other nasty software errors, so I'm sure I can be of some assistance around here.

    Thanks in advance for your help.


  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    You cannot connect to both at the same time. Connect to the TC and do your backups, and connect to the wifi to be on the Internet. I would not suggest putting your TC on your neighbor's wifi, unless you want your data exposed.
  3. milk242 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2007
    I would get a router that is capable of loading dd-wrt firmware and do a client bridge to his wireless signal. Then I would write a firewall rule to block any attempts to see his network or see your network.

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