Time Capsule 2gb extend wireless range

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by maxou17, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. maxou17 macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    first a big thanks to macrumors users!

    I have a Macbook 2009 aluminium with OS 10.5.8.

    I just purchased a Time Capsule 2gb that I would like to use as a backup hd and also as a wireless repeater.

    I use a Zyxel wireless router and I would like to connect the TC to it.

    for the last days, I've been trying to set up the TC with no luck:

    I open Airport Utility (latest version) it finds the TC, then when I click Continue, it asks to switch network I click yes and then it says it cannot find any airport device...

    Any advice?

    thanks a lot in advance.

    max
     
  2. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    Apple routers do not "extend" with all manufacturers, so maybe Zyxel is one of the ones that do not work.
     
  3. maxou17 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for your reply, but then how do I use TC as a backup hd with Time Machine, I can't find the way to install TC.

    thx!
     
  4. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    If you want to use your Time Machine for all its functions (router, wireless backup, etc), you either make it your main router replacing the Zyxel -or- if you need to keep the Zyxel because of your ISP, run the Time Machine in bridge mode (Google it).
     
  5. maxou17, Jul 19, 2011
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    maxou17 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your help, but I still cannot find the way the install TC.

    I googled and look into forums all week and it seems that the installation doesn't work for me the same way than for other users!

    Basically I have 2 configuration possibilities:

    -either I use the Time capsule as a main base station, it will then replace my Zyxel modem and will use my Airport express to extend the wireless range (can I do that?)

    -either I use the Time Capsule as a wireless hard drive linked to my Zyxel modem and the Airport express will then become useless as I don't think it can extend the wireless range from my zyxel modem, is it correct?

    anyway in both case, I can't find the way to install the TC. all the videos I found on Youtube or other forums are different from what I experienced during the installation.

    Airport Utility finds the Time Capsule but then if I click manual or continue, it asks me to switch the wireless network, if I click "ok" it then search and always ends with "Base station error" "unable to find any airport device"

    so how should I proceed, did anyone experienced that before?

    I tried to plug an ethernet cable from my macbook to the TC (btw I don't know which plug to use behind the TC so i tried both) , the TC is connected via a cable to my modem zyxel but nothing is working...

    also reset and hard reset the TC several times and nothing changed...

    any help please! thanks a lot
     
  6. laurenr macrumors 6502a

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    Make sure the ethernet cable from the Modem is plugged into the WAN PORT of the TC. It's possible ,from reading your post, that it is just plugged into a LAN port.
    when doing the setup, take the Zyxell router completely out of the configuration.


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