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Apple Time Capsule connectivity to Netgear Router

Hi there, i am looking to add an Apple Time Capsule into an existing wireless network. There is a Netgear router providing the existing wireless network. My question is this, can i connect the time capsule wirelessly to the netgear or does it have to be connected via ethernet? i have had a quick set up but no joy?

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8/22/2022 - Mon
Eoin OSullivan

The Time Capsule has a feature to "extend a wireless network" which allows 1 WiFi device to wirelessly connect to a base station and extend it.  Unfortunately (as far as I know) the Apple's "extend a wireless network" feature appears to be a proprietary technology that works only among other Apple devices. For that reason, it is highly unlikely that the Netgear router and Time Capsule would be compatible for the purpose that you desire.
If you are able to connect the Time Capsule to the Netgear router using an Ethernet connection, you could configure the Time Capsule to "create a wireless network" using the exact same wireless network name, security settings and password as the Netgear network. In addition, the Time Capsule must be configured as a "bridge" in Bridge Mode for this to work correctly.

Hi there eoinosullivan

Would it therefore be sensible to disable the wireless newtork on the Netgear (if possible) and connect to it by Ethernet, then use the TC to provide the wireless network?


Eoin OSullivan

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