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    Time capsule question
    I'm using TC as my backup for my iMac. Now that it's set up, can I remove the ethernet connection? When I do remove it, my status light goes from green to amber.

    I was thinking that TC was wireless, but maybe I'm wrong here.

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    You need to open Airport Utilities found in your Applications / Utilities folder and create a wireless network.

    Open it up, highlight your Time Capsule on the left, click on continue - it pretty much walks you right through it. Post back if you get stuck.
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    I have it set up that way already. Should I reset?

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    ??

    Better explain what it is you're doing exactly. I am confused now.

    If you already created a wireless network using Airport Utitlity, why is there the question of:
    "I was thinking that TC was wireless, but maybe I'm wrong here."
    ?? So you already have created a wireless network with a network name and password?

    Have you attempted to log into that network from your iMac?

    I "assume" the TC is plugged into your modem for internet access and you are only disconnecting the cable between the TC and your iMac, correct?
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    Yes, the time capsule should be plugged into the modem, but you don't have to plug it into the computer all the time.

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    OK, let me explain better. I bought the TC primarily for backup of my iMac. The TC DOES connect, wirelessly to the internet. I can connect to the internet without being physically connected to the TC. However, Time Machine will not work without the TC being connnected, via ethernet, to my Mac. And, when I unplug the TC, its status light flashes amber.

    Granted, this isn't a huge problem, but I'd like to get rid of the ethernet cable if I don't need it.

    As far as logging on to the network, the Mac fires up and finds the office's wireless network.

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