Time Capsule & Modem Ethernet Question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by emtrey, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. emtrey macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2006
    I just picked up a Time Capsule so I can start using Time Machine for automatic back-ups and am trying to determine the best way to physically connect it to my current network.

    At the moment, I've got a VDSL modem-router that's connected to my iMac via ethernet but also provides the wi-fi for my laptop, iPad, consoles, Apple TV, blu-ray player, etc. Since it's been serving me very well, the less I rock the boat the better (meaning the TC will be going into bridge mode).

    Essentially, I'd like to have the Time Capsule hooked up to the iMac via ethernet to speed up back-ups (since the iMac by far has the most data, serving as the main iTunes hub etc., the laptops can do wireless), while also maintaining the physical connection to the modem if at all possible.

    So, is the best course to have both the iMac and the Time Capsule connected to the modem via ethernet cables (plenty of unused ports on it)?
    (TC) > (modem) < (iMac)

    Or to have the modem go into the WAN port on the Time Capsule and then ethernet from a LAN port on the TC to the iMac?
    (modem) > (TC) > (iMac)

    Basically want a hardwire TC and internet connection to an iMac with only one ethernet port. Thanks in advance for any help!

  2. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    The second option is probably the best one. Connect it the way you've described and disable DHCP on the Time Capsule. Go into AirPort Utility and turn Connection Sharing to Off (Bridge mode). You can also use the TC to create additional SSIDs this way (though you'll lose the ability to create a guest network).
  3. emtrey thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2006
    Worked great, thanks! Hardline is working perfectly, wi-fi network is performing as usual, and both desktop and laptop have been backed up to the Time Capsule. Exactly what I was looking for (even networked the printer now by hooking it up to the TC).

    Thanks again!
  4. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008

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