Problem Setting Up Time Machine on Existing Network

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by WHC, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. WHC macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2011

    I bought a 2TB Time Machine that I want to add to an existing airport network consisting of an Airport Extreme (connected via Ethernet and cable modem to Comcast) and an Airport Express. Like many others whose messages I've read, TM and the network don't communicate.

    I've tried:

    --Using the Airport assistant to set up the TM both automatically and manually.
    --Reset the TM to factory settings several times.
    --Swapped the TM for my Airport Extreme by connecting the TM to the modem via Ethernet and moving the Extreme to another location

    Nothing works.

    What happens is that, after powering up the TM at factory settings, it eventually shows up (yellow light) as the third device in my network. When I try to configure it (either automatically or manually), I'm told that I have to leave my network to do so. I leave the network, the TM is alone on the network, I go through the set up, and the TM begins to restart.

    Then either I get a message telling me than an error occurred or Airport Assistant tells me that it couldn't locate the TM after it restarts. I've tried everything I can think of repeatedly, just in case.

  2. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Connect your computer to the Time Capsule via Ethernet and set it up manually. Set Connection Sharing to Off (Bridge mode) in your Internet tab. Connect your Time Capsule to your AirPort Extreme with an Ethernet cable.

    Or if you don't want it tethered to the AEBS, you can set your Time Capsule to join your network as a wireless client. For initial setup though, hardwired is best.

    FYI, Time Capsule is the router. Time Machine is the backup software.
  3. WHC thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2011
    Thanks. I'll try that tonight.

    I was typing that message in a hurry over lunch hour, so I probably typed Time Machine when I meant Time Capsule and vice versa. But I actually do know the difference. Thanks again.
  4. WHC thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2011

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