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Internet, Networking, and Wireless Discussion of networking, internet, and wireless including Apple's Airport products.

Time Capsule as a NAS, not working out so well...


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Got my Time Capsule, set it all up and everything seems to be working. Last night I dumped all my movies (divx) on to the hard drive and attempted to stream them to my laptop wirelessly. Worked almost perfectly, but I get a stutter every 6-7 seconds, which completely defeats the purpose.

This doesn't happen on my HTPC mini where it's wired to the time capsule. My only explanation is that I'm running 802.11g instead of n because my wife's laptop is old. However I was under the impression that the bandwidth of a g network should be sufficient.

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Get N. G sucks for video streaming.
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Yeah g is fine for audio streaming but depending on the quality of the video you will need 802.11n.
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Are you running Leopard? I found that streaming video with Leopard is flawless. I had several issues with streaming video with Tiger.
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goobimama is correct, video streaming isn't that great on 802.11g. All of my Macs have 802.11n and they all can stream video great.


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Just asking here, don't know - can't the router in the Time Capsule be set up as a combo network running both 'g' and 'n' rather than only one or the other? My current router does this just fine.

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The Airport Extreme Base Station (and thus Time Capsule) can do both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz communications, but not at the same time (since there is only one radio inside). Some more expensive dual-band routers have 2 radios, and can use both bands simultaneously. These other routers may not be as user-friendly as Apple, and may not be as compatible with the AirPort cards built into your Mac.
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The Airport Extreme Base Station (and thus Time Capsule) can do both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz communications, but not at the same time (since there is only one radio inside). Some more expensive dual-band routers have 2 radios, and can use both bands simultaneously. These other routers may not be as user-friendly as Apple, and may not be as compatible with the AirPort cards built into your Mac.
Wow, I didnt know that. I have an older laptop that only does G and my new MBP that does N. So what you are saying is I wouldnt be able to take advantage of N...disappointing.

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I guess I could hook my existing Netgear router to the Time Capsule so my older laptop can use G on it. Anyone try this out?
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Actually, you should be able to use Airport Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule with your older laptop (G) and new MBP (N) using the 2.4Ghz (compatible with 802.11b/g/n). However, you will not be able to use the 5Ghz since this is only compatible with 802.11a/n.

Please correct me if I am wrong.
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Actually, you should be able to use Airport Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule with your older laptop (G) and new MBP (N) using the 2.4Ghz (compatible with 802.11b/g/n). However, you will not be able to use the 5Ghz since this is only compatible with 802.11a/n.

Please correct me if I am wrong.
Yes, but I want N speeds for my new MBP. Since it cant do both like b/g use to work (different spectrum), I may have to use (2) wireless routers.
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Yes, you can use both the G and N devices on the Airport Extreme at the same time. The MBP will access the Time Capsule's hard drive at N speeds and the other computer will access it at G speeds. It's only when you are transferring files between the two computers will your MBP drop to G speeds.


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Yes, you can use both the G and N devices on the Airport Extreme at the same time. The MBP will access the Time Capsule's hard drive at N speeds and the other computer will access it at G speeds. It's only when you are transferring files between the two computers will your MBP drop to G speeds.
So the Time Capsule has (2) radios transmitters or does it use the same one to transfer via g or n depending on what computer is being accessed?
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You must have three antennas for a device to qualify as 802.11n certified, and the Airport Extreme has three internal antennas that give it MIMO functionality.


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I think applemonkey is getting confused with the different frequencies available. If you use 2.4 GHz, then you can use 802.11b/g/n all at the same time. However, if you use 5 GHz, then you can use 802.11a/n at the same time.
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to the OP:
Is your MacBook an Intel Core 2 Duo? If so you can download the 802.11n enabler software from Apple ($1.99) to upgrade. Now if the wife's laptop is a PowerPC, then . . . sorry.
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