Time Capsule- how useful is it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by stone315, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. stone315 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2008
    so, i'm thinking about getting a time capsule as a backup hard drive for college, but before then i want to use it as a wifi router in my house. is it possible to hook up a dell running xp via lan cable to the time capsule and still use the time capsule as a wifi source for a macbook so that both have internet? i'm assuming it is, but i just wanted to check to make sure that a macbook wouldn't have any problems with the wifi or time machine if a dell was using it too.
  2. speakerwizard macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2006
    if you have a laptop, very, if you have a desktop and a router you are happy with, then an external HD is probably better for ya.
  3. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    Just to add to speakerwizard, it's also useful if you have a desktop and need a router and an external HD...but if you have any one of those 2 items then time capsule isn't that useful.
  4. LaJaca macrumors regular


    Nov 23, 2007
    Near Seattle
    Only marginally off topic:

    Will a Time Capsule allow TM backups from more than one mac (ie desktop and laptop)?
  5. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC


    And for OP, yes. You can hook up any computer to the LAN ports just like with any router. Same for the wireless, so long as you have wireless card. But your setup will be no problem and the wired connection with the Dell means no oddball wireless connection problems with Mac/PC.

    (fwiw to both -- I have a TC with an iMac wired and a macbook wireless both being backed up to the TC and with the TC serving as a router for my house)

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