Time Capsule wireless keeps dropping ARGH

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by schnee, May 20, 2013.

  1. schnee macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2008
    I have a 2TB Time Capsule, basically brand new.
    ...and it's driving me insane, because my wireless connections keep dying out on it.

    I have an
    • iPhone 4s and iPad2 wireless only.
    • I have a Retina Macbook Pro, a few months old.
    • They're all updated to the most recent everything, including firmware on the Time Capsule.
    • They all use the Time Capsule for wireless.

    Most frequently, a single iOS device drops off connectivity, so I have to restart it to get it's wireless working again. This can happen to both iOS devices over the course of a single day, sometimes multiple times. Rarely, flipping wireless off and on fixes it, but that's the exception.

    Occasionally, the wireless dies completely for all three devices, the Time Capsule is grayed out in the Airport Utility, and I have to do a hard restart - yank the plug and let the TC come back online - to get connectivity back.

    I tweaked the Time Capsule to be on another channel, and that didn't help.

    I NEVER had these problems on my old Cisco. Is this a 'thing' with them? Do I have a lemon? Any suggestions or ideas would be great. Thanks.
  2. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013

    You have any USB 3.0 devices close by? They are known to cause problems sometimes with wifi. If so do a process of elimination test.
  3. powlesy macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2012
    Wireless Card

    I have a very simular setup to you and had the same problem.

    I believe your wireless card within the TC has become faulty. There are 2 tests to try this:
    1. Try connecting to the TC via ethernet (you will need a thunderbolt to ethernet adaptor) then in airport utility select connect via thunderbolt to ethernet. If you can then access your data through the finder window your wirles card has become faulty.

    2. Simply plug your power cable into the TC with nothing else contected to it, it should create it's own network if the wirless card is working.

    I took my TC down to the apple store, they did these tests decided it was faulty and swapped it out.
  4. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    I agree that you most likely have a defective TC. TCs are solid up to a point. They usually don't give you trouble until a couple users are streaming HD video (apple TV) or you have a dozen active devices on the network. They will get quite hot.
  5. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Downgrade to 7.6.1. 7.6.3 is infamous for connectivity issue.

    Marco Arment recently tweeted about it:

  6. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
  7. schnee thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2008
    Oops, missed this thread for a day or so. Got sidetracked. Thanks for the replies.

    I'll go through all the suggestions here and report back.

    I have an AppleTV, Arris cable modem, Yamaha receiver and Samsung TV nearby. Nothing USB3.

    I'll definitely try that to troubleshoot.

    Huh. I'll try that if the troubleshooting isn't conclusive.
  8. schnee thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2008
    OK, I downgraded the firmware and I've only had to reboot it once, the same day I did the firmware. It's been smooth sailing ever since.

    Thanks for the advice.

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