XFinity Router vs Apple Time Capsule

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  1. Jigga Beef macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2009
    Philadelphia, Pa
    I know this has been asked on here before but just wanted to see if anything has changed since 2015.

    I currently have my brand new Xfinity Router in Bridge mode and plugged into my Apple Time Capsule.

    Any reason I should use my Xfinity router instead, my time capsule is from 2013 so am i missing anything just using the apple router.

    In the room where my router while the time capsule is creating the WiFi network I am getting download speeds of 100mps

    I have a Mac Pro on my 2nd floor with not too much in the way that gets me speeds of 65 mps download. I assume its based on the distance of the router to the Mac pro.

    Any thoughts?
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Can you get ethernet to the Mac Pro? I'd want the best connection possible to that.

    My opinion is that it's better off to keep the device "closest to the net" (in your case the Xfinity) as "the router protecting my LAN with NAT", and put the "next device in line" (in your case, the Time Capsule) in bridge mode and let it serve as just a wireless access point. Apple's Airport software makes this easy to do.

    That's what I did with my Frontier "residential gateway" (combined modem/router) and an older Airport Extreme. Worked great for 6+ years, not a hiccup.

    But Apple's wifi tech is falling behind.
    Have you considered one of the new "mesh type" systems?
    Such as Netgear Orbi, Linksys Velop, google wifi, eero, Ubiquity Infiniti, etc. ...?

    I've been using a Velop 2-unit setup for the past few months, seems to work fine.
  3. iMas70 macrumors 65816

    Sep 4, 2012
    I recently upgraded my Comcast service from Blast to Gigabit. I'm using a Netgear Nighthawk X4S modem/router. Huge difference in speed!!! I'm seeing just over 900 Mbps with a wired connection on my iMac. Wifi speeds with he Nethawk are usually in the 250-425 range. The highest I've see from the Time Capsule with this new setup is 297.

    I spoke with Apple about setting up the Time Capsule. The person I spoke with said I should disable the Nighthawk's router so I can just use the TC. They said it might not do backups if it's not setup that way. I had a long pause after I heard that. I guess I want the best of both worlds. I upgraded my service to have a very fast internet connection (especially Wifi). It's still going to be fast through the TC but not as fast as it could be.I really need to backup my iMac incase something happens so I'm not sure which way to go with this.

    Will the Time Capsule do daily backups if it's not set up as a router? My main network goes through the Time Capsule. The iMac has a wired connection while the iPhone, iPad and Apple TVs are on WiFi. My kid's and the 4K TV upstairs use the Netgear's Wifi. I guess as I type this is wouldn't be the end of the world if everything goes through the TC but I don't like being limited.

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