Setting up AirPort Time Capsule to only work as backup disk (and not as wifi router)

setting up AirPort Time Capsule to only work as backup disk (and not as wifi router)

I want to use my Apple Time Capsule just as a network attached backup drive and not a router.

This what I have done:

(I got the following instructions off of

To prevent the Time Capsule from acting as a WiFi access point or router, and use it only as a backup disk, just open the AirPort Utility app on a Mac (Applications -> Utilities -> AirPort Utility) and do the following:

1. Select your Time Capsule and hit Edit.
2. Go to the tab labeled Wireless
3. From the Network Mode pop-up menu, choose Off.
4. Click Update, and the base station will restart and load the new settings.

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OK. So I did all that. The AirPort Time Capsule restarted. But now the computer cannot find it when I go in to the AirPort Utility.

See screenshot:
Oh boy. So now what did I do?

I think that the instructions that I got from that website lead me on the wrong path.
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
You've turned off WiFi which renders the device inaccessible over WiFi !! ;-)  The AirPort Utility is designed to prefer a connection over WiFi and often cannot find the device unless you plug it directly into the PC with an Ethernet cable to configure it.

You'll need to connect the device with an Ethernet cable to the computer to be able to access it and re-configure it.  A lot of the tips online fail to mention that the device is only accessible afterwards if it is connected via Ethernet cable on the WAN port.  Once you've the Time Capsule connected to the PC the airport configuration utility provides an option on the Network tab, at the top, labeled "Router Mode:". You can select "Off (Bridge Mode)" to turn of the DHCP and NAT services. It will now be possible to unplug from the PC and plug it back into a modem/router.

Is the AirPort TimeCapsule connected via Ethernet cable to a broadband modem/router?  IF not then you'll need to TURN ON the Wireless service but this time choose the option to "Extend a wireless network" which will turn off the Router/DNS features on the TimeCapsule and allow it to use the main router/modem settings.

The BAD NEWS is that the Apple TimeCapsule is not the most configurable device and Apple DO NOT really intend it to be used as a NAS only and do not help make it easy to use it as that.

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greghollAuthor Commented:
O boy. So what if I reset the time capsule to factory settings? Will that help me. I'm in a rented suite and the home owner lets me use his wifi for free. But I actually have no access to the Internet modem/router.

My other option is to go out and but a LAN cable to plug it in directly to the MacBook pro. Will that work?

Thanks for your help.
Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Yes, you can reset the base station ... soft reset option should be enough but you might be best to get a cheap Ethernet cable anyway
greghollAuthor Commented:
In the end, am I correct in assuming the following?:

With my current setup, I'm going to be needing the Ethernet cable to use the airport time capsule as a backup drive

greghollAuthor Commented:
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