using a Time capsule with an existing router

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jonoc5, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. jonoc5 macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2008
    hi all

    i currently use a BT as m broadband provider and the router they sent me is pretty useless when it comes to most tasks.
    What i was wondering is whether or not i could attach a time capsule to one of the "HomeHub" Ethernet ports, essentially turning it into a big modem while the time capsule does the broadcasting.
    More specifically however i was wondering how port forwarding would be handled. currently i've been having massive problems with the way that the homehub handles port forwarding so i wondered whether using the time capsule would bypass the homehub firewall.

    thanks for your help
  2. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2008
    USA (Virginia)
    I'm no expert at home networking, but your proposal sounds just like my setup. I pretty much have to use the wireless router that my ISP gave me (for various reasons), even though I'd much prefer to use my Time Capsule.

    What I did was to turn off the wireless capability of the ISP router, and plug my TC into one of its ethernet ports. The TC is configured to "Create a wireless network", and my iMac is wired into a TC ethernet port. Also, the TC must be configured to "Bridge Mode". This way, the TC does not act as a DHCP server, and all devices get their local IP addresses from the ISP router. That way, all wired and wireless devices have IP addresses on the same local subnet.

    I have a couple of port forwards. They must be set up on the ISP router (not on the TC) to forward to the local IP address of the desired computer.

    So I get the wireless features from the TC but still have to deal with port forwarding on the ISP router, since it's "first in line". It's been working perfectly fine for a couple of years, though.
  3. adwebinc macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2009
    Short answer - yes

    Better answer - there are TONS of threads that cover this topic thoroughly, so please search and read through. You will find detailed answers.
  4. Cyrax macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2010
    I just got a new TC and set it up today.

    Yes you can do this. It's how I have it set up. The Time Capsule handles the setup flawlessly. It took me no more than 20 minutes to set it up. I'm actually kind of in shock - I've spent many an hour struggling with network hardware from other vendors, with simpler setups.

    Regarding Port Forwarding... I don't know. My 360 and PS3 both show open NAT. I assume it's going through the router rather than TC.
  5. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    I've been running like this as well for several years using FiOS.

    I'm not a big port forwarding user, but as you say it still needs to be handled on the router.

    It sure would be nice if the TC/Airport Express supported MAC address spoofing so I could eliminate the FiOS router and take advantage of some of the more advanced TC/Airport features. :p


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