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    Time Capsule - first "backup"
    Hi there,

    I'm not sure if this is the right area to post in - I hope it is.

    I have a small (and feel, a very dumb!) question... I have just bought a Time Capsule for my Macbook Pro 17" (latest model etc).

    For the first "backup" I attempted to connect my MBP and the TC together using a Ethernet cable, however I don't think I'm doing it correctly, because my laptop isn't registering the TC.

    However, if I'm in a room with wifi, my laptop does. But, backing up my 450GB laptop over the wifi is absolutely hopeless...

    Can anyone help me?

    I plugged the ethernet cable into my laptop, and the socket on the TC with the shape <-> which I believe is correct?

    Thank you in advanced for your time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theoliviabell View Post
    Hi there,

    I'm not sure if this is the right area to post in - I hope it is.

    I have a small (and feel, a very dumb!) question... I have just bought a Time Capsule for my Macbook Pro 17" (latest model etc).

    For the first "backup" I attempted to connect my MBP and the TC together using a Ethernet cable, however I don't think I'm doing it correctly, because my laptop isn't registering the TC.

    However, if I'm in a room with wifi, my laptop does. But, backing up my 450GB laptop over the wifi is absolutely hopeless...

    Can anyone help me?

    I plugged the ethernet cable into my laptop, and the socket on the TC with the shape <-> which I believe is correct?

    Thank you in advanced for your time.
    You may want to try a different cable, or one of the other ports. Should have 4 designated <-> and that is the correct port.

    EDIT: If that doesn't work, turn off airport and see if it forces it to switch to Ethernet. After that if you still have problems post back.
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    Is your TC set to extend an existing network wirelessly? If so on some, and perhaps all, TC models extending a network wirelessly disables the wired Ethernet ports.
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    When I did my first back up I connected to the AEBS via ethernet and turned the wi-fi off and it worked great backed up to the attached WD hard drive in a couple of hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slydude View Post
    Is your TC set to extend an existing network wirelessly? If so on some, and perhaps all, TC models extending a network wirelessly disables the wired Ethernet ports.
    I have a TC and AES running together as a WDS network and have no problem connecting directly. Though, to be honest I don't do it that often and my 58 year old brain doesn't remember as well as it used to. So, I may have to turn airport off to make the connection (been some months since I last did it so not sure about that).
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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