Time capsule file transfer

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jayroc2k, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. jayroc2k macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2009
    Can the Time capsule be connected via USB for the initial transfer?

    i need to get stuff of an old PC, does that mean i need to install a "gigabit" network card in order to do the transfer (i assume there is a difference to the "normal" network card"

    third, do i get a 1st get time capsule and "force" (if possible") to use only 'N' while my free wifi modem from my internet provider broadcasts 'g' signals to other 'g' laptop OR spend a lot more to get the new mode with dual band

  2. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    No, you can't do the initial transfer with the USB. The USB port is only to connect printers and hard drives to share. You'll have to do the transfer wirelessly or with ethernet.

    I wouldn't install a gigabit card on your PC if you're only going to do the transfer once. It may take longer, but if you leave your PC running until the transfer is done would be cheaper than installing a gigabit card. You also have to keep in mind that the bottleneck for the transfer speed to the internal drive would be at the USB controller of the Time Capsule, so you'll probably be maxing it out even with a 10/100 ethernet card anyway (I don't know the exact numbers, don't hold me to this).
    Edit: I just realized you might mean that you're pulling off the files directly to your Mac and not to the internal drive. I still wouldn't bother with a new gigabit card though.

    And lastly, I'd do what you suggested. Unless you NEED a guest network as well, there's no reason to get a dual band TC. I've got a first gen TC broadcasting 5GHz N only with a Linksys WRT54GS broadcasting mixed b/g. Just set the TC to Bridge Mode and you'll have one network with two wireless access points.

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