Correction. - - AirPort Extreme of course.

Alan

> On 18 May 2018, at 1:48 pm, Alan Smith <sma...@iinet.net.au> wrote:
> 
> Hi Peter
> 
> I had a Plan B but …
> 
> My 5 year old Time Capsule had indicators of pending failure (intermittent 
> orange light, auto restart of TC) towards the end of last year.  Web searches 
> showed that the Netgear wireless router AC1750 (R6400v2) with an external 
> hard drive was promoted as a TC/TM replacement.  It was available as a 
> post-Christmas sale special at around $160.  Several times during the week it 
> took me to install it I was ready to throw it away and buy a genuine $420 
> Time Capsule.  It does work reliably as a WiFi router.  I don’t use it as a 
> Time Machine.  It’s network printer facility needed constant care and 
> attention. Its support documentation …!
> 
> Hence Plan C - buy an Apple Airport Express ($300) and use an external hard 
> drive for TM.
> 
> As it turned out it was probably the WiFi/router  component of the Time 
> Capsule that was about to fail.  I’ve had the TC in bridge mode with both the 
> internal drive and an attached external drive for Time Machine, and a network 
> printer - and use it as an ethernet hub too.  No problems at all. 
> 
> A five year life expectancy is probably industry standard.  I try and keep 
> things alive a little bit longer.
> 
> I know much less than Daniel about future parts/support for a superseded (but 
> new) TC.  But for ease of mind and comfort “for the foreseeable future”, go 
> for an Apple TC!
> 
> Cheers
> Alan
> 
> 
>> On 18 May 2018, at 1:00 pm, Daniel Kerr <wa...@macwizardry.com.au> wrote:
>> 
>> Hi Peter
>> 
>> Quick reply, as just walking into another job.
>> But basically - either a wireless type hard drive. If the Time Capsule works 
>> but internal drive “fails” then you can use a USB drive plugged into it and 
>> “ignore” internal drive and use external drive. (done this for a few 
>> clients). A NAS can be used as a Time Machine backup - some specially say 
>> they’ll work with it - e.g. Synology off top of head.
>> Just a few suggestions there.
>> 
>> I would imagine Time Capsule will keep going for a while. As it’s just a 
>> “box” that keeps working. Only thing may be Airport Utility that stops being 
>> able to work. But I don’t see that happening for many years to come. Apple 
>> will keep parts for Time Capsule up to 5 years (as that’s legally how long 
>> they have to support hardware - same as other manufacturers for parts of 
>> computer hardware).
>> 
>> Kind regards
>> Daniel
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone 7
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>>> On 18 May 2018, at 12:47 pm, petercr...@westnet.com.au wrote:
>>> 
>>> HI WAMUG users. I have been following a current thread but Daniel's comment 
>>> about the Time Capsule demise in that thread on the horizon made me type 
>>> this one. If I were to buy a spare Time Capsule, would the software be 
>>> compatible forever even with Apple no longer supporting it?
>>> 
>>> What is Plan B in the event of the Time Capsule failing (hardware failure) 
>>> for those that do not have a spare Time Capsule - and then eventually when 
>>> no spare exists? 
>>> 
>>> Regards
>>> 
>>> Pete.
>>> 
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