Apple Airport Time Capsule Setup | Get Step-by-Step Guidance

The AirPort Time Capsule or simply time capsule is a 2-in-1 device that acts like an external hard disk and A Wi-Fi router. It comes with the unique feature to back up all the data of the computer on the wireless network automatically. 

To use this feature, the first thing you have to do is set up the time capsule with your home network. Hence, it is essential to have a detailed idea about the Airport time capsule setup.

How to Setup an Apple Airport Time Capsule? 

Here we are going to discuss the procedure using which you can proceed with Airport time capsule setup process to your Mac computer easily.

To do this, first, connect the time capsule to the modem and then set it up to act as a broadcast router. 

How to Connect Time Capsule to the Modem? 

To connect the time capsule with the modem, you can perform as follows: 

  • First of all, connect the Ethernet cable to the WAN port of the time capsule.  
  • Afterward, connect the Ethernet cable to the router. 

Note: A modem has 4 WAN ports on its back. Connect one end of the Ethernet cable with one of them. 

  • Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the time capsule. 
  • Plugin the time capsule to the power supply.  

Now, you have to set up the wireless network. 

How to Set up the Wireless Network? 

To set up the broadcast network, you can take a quick glance at the steps mentioned below: 

Step 1: 

First and foremost, open the Finder (it looks like a blue and white smiley face) app on your Mac. Go to the left pane of the Finder and click on the Application button. It will open a list of installed apps on the system. 

Step 2: 

Go to the bottom of the next page and double-click on the ‘Utilities’ folder to open it. This is the location where the apps of the system are stored. 

Step 3:

Now, open the AirPort utility app and tap on the ‘Other wireless devices’ option by going to the upper left pane of the screen. Afterward, tap on the ‘AirPort Time Capsule’ option. Choose the ‘Create New Network’ option and tap on the Next button to continue

Step 4:

Next, you have to give the name of the network. Click on the text box near the ‘Network Name’ option to type a name for the network. Afterward, type a name for the base station in the specific field. 

Step 5: 

Now, you have to create a strong password for the wireless network. Type the password in the ‘Network Password’ field and enter it again in the ‘Verify Password’ field. 

Note: To create a different password for the time capsule, untick the box that prompts ‘Use a single password.’ 

Afterward, tap on the Next button from the lower right corner of the AirPort Utility application. 

Step 6: 

Now, it will ask to reboot the modem. Unplug the modem and wait for a few seconds. Plug it back to the power supply and wait for the device fully restart. 

Step 7: 

If you want to create a guest password, tick the box that prompts ‘Enable guest network.’ Then, type a name for the guest network. It will allow others to access the wireless network without being able to access other computers in the same network. Click Next. 

Creating a guest password is optional. If you don’t want to create this, don’t tick the checkbox. 

Step 8: 

If you want the time capsule to send diagnostic data to Apple, tick the ‘Send diagnostics & usage data to Apple.’ After that, tap on the Next button to proceed to the next step. 

Lastly, tap on the Done button to complete this procedure.  

Additional Information: How to Access the Time Capsule Data

To access the time capsule data, you can:

  1. Go to the menu bar and tap on the Apple icon. 
  2. Tap on the ‘System Preferences…’ option to access the system preferences app. 
  3. Now, open the Time machine application. 
  4. Tick the box that prompts ‘Back Up Automatically.’ It will make sure that the system is backed up automatically. 
  5. Tap on the ‘Select Backup Disk’ option. 
  6. Lastly, choose ‘Time Capsule.’ As a result, the Time Capsule will become the backup disk of the system and it will allow access to s the data portion of the Time Capsule. 

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