Become a MacRumors Supporter for $25/year with no ads, private forums, and more!
  • Did you order new AirTags? We've opened a dedicated AirTags forum.

redrt88

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 3, 2012
1
0
I would like to get a Time Capsule but have no need for a router as my ISP router works great. I like to keep as much Apple as I can as my current USB external drive disappears after a few days and I have to reboot for the iMac to find it again. I am hoping the Time Capsule doesn't disappear.

Is there an Apple wireless external HD that does not have the router function? I certainly couldn't fine one. If not, is there a good third party option?
 

flynz4

macrumors 68040
Aug 9, 2009
3,143
47
Portland, OR
I would like to get a Time Capsule but have no need for a router as my ISP router works great. I like to keep as much Apple as I can as my current USB external drive disappears after a few days and I have to reboot for the iMac to find it again. I am hoping the Time Capsule doesn't disappear.

Is there an Apple wireless external HD that does not have the router function? I certainly couldn't fine one. If not, is there a good third party option?

We have 4 Time Caspules in our house... and we do not use any of them as our router (for that we use an Airport Extreme). You can shut off the router function in the TC. To do so, set Network to off. Set mode to "bridge mode". At that point... it is simply a NAS device on your local network.

We do this because we want the Time Capsules to be physically separated from the computers for physical security. We do not want a computer and its associated backup data to be stollen concurrently. We keep the TCs in a remote secure area.

We choose TCs (vs 3rd party NAS devices) for backup of our Macs... because they are the only supported option by Apple... and we do not want our backups to stop if Apple changes something that breaks use with other NAS devices.

/Jim
 
Comment

Weaselboy

Moderator
Staff member
Jan 23, 2005
31,535
11,216
California
I would like to get a Time Capsule but have no need for a router as my ISP router works great. I like to keep as much Apple as I can as my current USB external drive disappears after a few days and I have to reboot for the iMac to find it again. I am hoping the Time Capsule doesn't disappear.

Is there an Apple wireless external HD that does not have the router function? I certainly couldn't fine one. If not, is there a good third party option?

The Time Capsule is the only option Apple offers. You can use it with your current router by putting the Time Capsule in bridge mode.

screenshot20130321at111.png
 
Comment
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.