A month or so ago with some trepidation I purchased an Apple Time Capsule. I’ve not looked back!
I was going to purchase the device from Amazon, but in the UK Apple/Amazon aren’t the stockists on the web site, it’s just third party people. THey were charging a fair bit more than the Apple Store, and, I could never really work out whether they were selling the latest generation or not. I was then looking on Apple’s UK Store, but to be honest I didn’t like the idea of paying a small fortune for the shipping.. and such long lead times for the shipping too.
In the end I opted to ask my girlfriend if she wouldn’t mind picking up a £249 2Tb device from the Apple Store in the Oracle in Reading.
I purchased the Time Capsule for three reasons :-
- The BT Home Hub v3 that I have got didn’t like the Bonjour protocol used for streaming by Apple. This is discussed in many of the BT forums, but after WEEKS of discussing with BT Support I eventually gave up.
- Every 2-3 days my HP ePrinter would lose it’s network connection. Related to point 1 perhaps?
- I wanted some more network storage accessible to all the devices in my home.
The Time Capsule does all that. The only thing that I’m not 100% sure on is that it appears to me that the WiFi signal strength isn’t quite as good as the Home Hub. In the same location, it seems that the Home Hub has better range.
The only down side I have found so far with the Time Capsule is that it is not really a NAS. The disks power down ‘after a few minutes’ of inactivity. I haven’t found anywhere that lists the official number of minutes, but it seems to be about 5 minutes. Plenty of people were asking for a firmware update where this could be configured, but even a few years after the first posts describing and asking for this, there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of that particular tunnel. I searched for solutions, and there were a few helpful hints, but nothing concrete.
So in the end, I went for the following…
I downloaded touch.exe, and put in the Windows folder on a machine which is ‘always on’.
I downloaded soon.exe, and put it in the Windows folder too.
I wrote a little batch job called touchtc.bat
soon 120 cmd /c c:\temp\touchtc.bat
I then created the me.txt file on the Time Capsule. Away it goes, so far .. so good. The disks stay alive.
What the above script does is every 2 minutes it updates the date/time on the file me.txt on the root of the Time Capsule. This stops the Time Capsule putting the disk to sleep.