Time Capsule help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mr. Bad Example, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. Mr. Bad Example macrumors newbie

    Mr. Bad Example

    Sep 11, 2009
    Morning guys!

    OK, I went and bought a 3TB Time Capsule the other day. Since then, I've come to realise that it's not a lot of use to me...
    So a few days of googling has so far only informed me of what alternatives I should have bought but no actual solutions.

    This is what I've got:
    Apple TV
    iPad Air
    iPhone 5S
    Xbox 360
    VAIO Laptop (Windows)
    LG smart TV

    This is what I want to do:
    Store media on the TC and watch it on my TV without having to plug in any other hard drives or buying anything else...

    So can it be done? Or do I just put the TC back in the box until I buy a Mac?

    Cheers all!
  2. asriznet macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2013
    Unfortunately the storage on the Time Capsule does not permit you to stream contents from it to other devices.

    You can however use it
    - as a time machine backup system for your mac
    - as a wireless router(good because it's running on Wireless AC specs)
    - File sharing

    for streaming media contents, you are better off with NAS, common brands like QNAP, Synology, WD. Some of them even support time machine as well just that these devices does not function as a wireless router like the time capsule.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Nope... not gonna work.

    First make sure your TV supports DLNA (it probably does). Then go to the review site SmallNetBuilder and look over the reviews for a router that supports DLNA over an external USB drive (many do).

    Some of the newer routers also support Time Machine backups to USB attached drives.
  4. Mr. Bad Example thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mr. Bad Example

    Sep 11, 2009
    Thanks guys!
    A bit disappointing I must admit... :(

    Ok, so I can file share? How can I get files onto it?
    Is there a way it can store all my multimedia on there via my Windows Laptop? Wirelessly would be best, via an Ethernet cable would be good, both would be fantastic...

    Once files are on there, would I be able to share the files with an ios device?

    Thanks in advance.
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I did not pick up on it during our first chat, but I now notice you do not own a Mac computer. To setup the Time Capsule you need to use Apple's Airport Utility software, and they never came out with an updated Windows version of that software for the new tower shaped Time Capsule like you have. What you can do is use the iOS version of Airport Utility to configure the Time Capsule and setup file sharing on it, then you would be able to see the TC disk in Windows and drag and drop files to it.

    Of course if this is the only place a file is stored, it is not really backed up anywhere.

    There are apps like Filebrowser that will let you see/copy files form the TC on an iOS device.

    This would all work wirelessly.

    The TC is really made by Apple primarily for backing up Mac computers using the included Time Machine backup software. Storing files like you want to will work, but that is not the main reason for a TC and it is frankly not very good for this due to the lack of DLNA support like I mentioned.

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