Apple TimeCapsule Support

     (Heavily borrowed from Boston University Information Services and Technology)

At the current time, LAS IT is only able to provide limited support in setting up and using Time Capsules on UIC's network.  While these instructions are written specifically for Apple’s Time Capsule, the concepts may be applied to other, similar devices.

How to configure your device safely and correctly


1. Request a fixed lease for this device.
Once your Time Capsule has been configured, you should request a fixed IP lease so that the device will always have the same IP assigned automatically. In AirPort Utility, select the AirPort icon and then the Summary tab. Make a note of the Ethernet ID. Submit this to requesting a fixed lease.


2. Connect the Time Capsule device.
The way in which you connect your Time Capsule is critically important. Please follow these instructions closely.

First, unplug your computer from the Ethernet wall jack in your room and, instead, connect the Time Capsule’s WAN port (marked with WAN) to the Ethernet wall jack.

Next, connect your computer to one of the LAN ports on the Time Capsule. The LAN ports are marked with LAN.

3. Configure the device.
Once you have the device connected to the wall, and your computer connected to the device, open AirPort Utility, which can be found in the Utilities folder in your Applications folder. AirPort Utility will let you configure the device appropriately and set security options to protect your data.

AirPort Utility will display your Time Capsule on the left. Because some of the settings that need to be specified fall under the advanced category, you should click the Manual Setup button at the bottom of the main screen.

On the next screen, click the Time Capsule tab at the top. Set the Time Capsule Name to something very unique, but choose a name that does not identify you or your room number. Pick a strong password, but do not use your AD password. Be sure to uncheck “Allow configuration over Ethernet WAN port” and “Advertise configuration globally using Bonjour”. Turning these off will prevent others from being able to access the settings for your device.

Next, click on the Wireless tab. You should set Wireless to inactive, as wireless router devices are prohibited on UIC's network.

Next, select the Internet icon at the top of the window. At the bottom of the window, set the Connection Sharing menu to Off (Bridge Mode).

Next, click on the Disks icon at the top of the window. Click the File Sharing tab, and be sure that a password is set, and that guest access is disabled. These settings will help ensure that your data is kept private.

You will be able to access the storage functions of your Time Capsule any time that your computer is connected to it via Ethernet. It is important that you use the settings above to ensure that no one else can access your data, and you should not share the password you used to protect the device.