Time capsule wirelessly joining existing wifi network

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Mattben1, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. Mattben1 macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2011
    I haven't found a clear solution to this.

    I have a wireless netgear router in my living room. My iMac in my bedroom is connected to the wifi network fine. I got a time capsule 1TB. All I really want is to use it to backup my computer to it wirelessly. I would like for it to join the existing wireless network if possible though. I can not replace my netgear router with the TC or even connect the two via Ethernet. The time capsule is staying in my room!

    I tried using airport utility to join the TC wirelessly to the wifi network. I chose the network and entered the wep. After it restarted the TC after configuration, the airport utility couldn't find the TC and the light flashes amber. What do I do?

    If the network thing is out of the question, How do I just wirelessly back up my comp????
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    try connecting an ethernet cable between your mac and the TC to get it set up. this will allow you to read the error message and fix any problems.

    once it's working, you can disconnect.

    If you're using it for time machine, you'll probably want to do the first backup with it wired anyway. It will also saturate your wireless network when you are backing up, so if lots of others depend on the network, you may have issues.
  3. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    Can I ask why, as I am curious. If you don't need TC to act as a router, and you have an iMac (stationary), you would be better off buying a cheap external drive to connect directly rather than using TC wirelessly.
  4. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    The iMac is stationary as is the TC, can you connect them via wired Ethernet even if your iMac gets its internet connection via the netgear?

    If you open Airport Utility on the iMac it should show you the amber light and you can click on that to reveal the problems it (thinks) it is having.

    EDIT: Post screenshots as was done in this thread and we may be able to lead you through it. http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1073243


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