This is an Apple Time Capsule. It’s a great device: it shares out an Internet connection via wireless, and it contains a hard drive for backups.
Backups happen automatically, courtesy of Time Machine. It’s great to know that if you misplace a file you can grab a copy from the backup.
We bought our Time Capsule in March 2008. It’s been quiet, efficient and effective.
Until last night when it quietly, efficiently and effectively died. One minute there was an Internet connection; the next there was not.
I messed around with it, plugging it into various power points. Apart from a momentary flash of green light occasionally as I jiggled the plug it was dead as dead.
Luckily I still had an old Airport Express. After a bit of searching I located it, plugged it in and then had to find the correct settings for it. I finally found the information in a note I’d saved in 1Password. That got us back online.
The Airport express is no substitute for a Time Capsule though.
The upside of this hardware failure is that now we have a brand new Time Capsule.
These newer models have added features, such as Guest Access to the network — it uses a separate password and prevents guests from accessing the machines on your main network.
Set up a separate Wi-Fi network with a separate password for your visitors. Simply enable the guest networking feature, and your guests can use the Internet but can’t access other parts of your private network, such as your computers, printers and attached hard drives.
Another new feature I anticipate enjoying is Simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi:
For maximum range and compatibility, Time Capsule works simultaneously on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, allowing all the devices on the network to use the most efficient band automatically.
I’m hoping that will mean that when I’m working in the kitchen and turn on the microwave I’ll still be able to get a signal.
I have yet to connect up to start a new backup. As I recall from the previous model the initial backup can take a very long time. I plan to do it via ethernet to hurry it up a bit.
I just hope this one lasts more than 2 years.