Time Capsule is live
#30 Henry, Saturday, 02 January 2010 11:18 PM (Category: Apple)
(Tags: wifi apple)

It was time to get the Time Capsule live.

I turned off the D-Link WAP I've been using for years. I made space for the Time Capsule, plugged it in, started the Airport Utility and was faced with options. I sighed at first, because this is usually confusing where the vendor uses terms that don't mean much. But I was surprised by Apple's approach. It was common sense, didn't introduce new jargon and led me very simply through it. The questions were easy and worked. The one thing I was worried about was DHCP. I did not want the Time Capsule to handle DHCP. I do that myself elsewhere. They asked if I wanted that, indicating they would set up the Time Capsule as a bridge. That worked. It saved its configuration several times, and then it was live.

I got my iPod Touch working with it. Easy. Got the two Tivos working with it. Easy. Got the MacBook working with it. Easy. Got the two Mac Minis working with it. Also easy. Then I ran into a problem with the Airport Express.

I use the Airport Express to hook into my stereo. I use the Remote app on my iPod Touch to control iTunes on my Mac Mini, and push the music out to the Airport Express. The system works really nicely. I had set up a nice playlist for New Years Eve and played great background music all night, and that was just a few days ago, so I knew it was working. But now the Airport Express would not connect to the Time Capsule. I eventually figured it out. I pulled the Airport Express out of the stereo, brought it into the computer room, and hooked it to the network with an Ethernet cable. Then the Airport Utility saw it, and I could reconfigure the wireless network in it. Unplugged it, took it back to the stereo and reconnected it, and it fired up and everything is working nicely.

So it's done. My wireless network has gone from 802.11g to 802.11n. I can already notice the laptop speed increase.

And I set up my MacBook to backup (Time Machine) to the Time Capsule. (Don't you just loathe all the cutesy names - Time Machine, Time Capsule, Airport Express, Airport Extreme.)

One more step towards Apple domination in the house.