Backup

AirPort Time Capsule

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Automatic backup

  • AirPort Time Capsule is designed to work with Time Machine in OS X for automatic, continuous backup protection
  • Backups happen wirelessly, eliminating the need to find and connect a cable
  • Back up and store files for multiple Macs running Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard or later on your wireless network
  • Built-in 2TB or 3TB hard drive gives you all the capacity and safety you need

Share a hard drive and printer

  • The USB port lets you share a printer or hard drive and access it wirelessly

High performance

  • AirPort Time Capsule is a full-featured router with an integrated access point – so not only is it your backup storage, it also provides Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity to all your devices
  • Ultra-fast 802.11ac with beam-forming technology enables data rates up to 1.3 Gbps - triple the previous 802.11n standard, which means up to three times faster Wi-Fi
  • With simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi, your Wi-Fi devices get the fastest possible wireless performance and best possible range

Easy setup

  • With the setup assistant built into iOS and OS X, you're just a few taps or clicks away from setting up or extending a wireless network
  • Once your network is set up, AirPort Utility for iOS and OS C lets you manage and monitory your AirPort Time Capsule from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac

Ports

  • One Gigabit Ethernet WAN port for connecting a DSL or cable modem
  • Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for connecting computer or network devices
  • One USB 2.0 port for connecting a USB printer or USB hard drive

Compatibility

  • Works with Wi-Fi Certified 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.11ac enabled Mac computers, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Windows-based PCs, and other Wi-Fi enabled devices

Models and price

 

  • Apple AirPort TimeCapsule 2 TB
  • $299
  • Apple AirPort TimeCapsule 3 TB
  • $399

MacExperience is a Boring IT Company

Did you know that MacExperience has been in business since 2001? In that time we have had, several retail relocations, from Bloomington to HTC and from E Washington to W Michigan. But one thing that has not changed is our service to companies that need our expertise to manage their IT needs. We have a team of System Engineers that could bore you to death with their amazing technical skills and wizard-like knowledge. We could talk about Layer 7 traffic classification and control, integrated intrusion detection engines and scalable management architecture. We could help you fall asleep with a bedtime story about geographically dispersed switches, CMX and API.

We’ve been boring people with our nerd talk for years and that’s OK. We’ll continue to be the Boring IT Company if it allows you to concentrate on creating, building, connecting and producing. We’ll keep our taped glasses on our face with the help of a finger pushing them up, and geek out about keeping your system running like you would expect.

If you’ve never heard that we offer professional services, that’s OK. We don't expect our customers think about us when everything is running so smooth. They don’t have to because we keep them safe, secure, running and up-to-date.

Families and Apple ID's

Dear Dad, Mom, and children, Do you ever get frustrated with your Apple Devices sharing content, pictures, texts, and apps with other family members? We examine a few scenarios and give some sound advice to solve these conundrums.

[quote author="Mom" bar="true" align="left" width="full"]Every time my daughter downloads an app, it shows up on my phone too.  How do I prevent that?[/quote]

[quote author="Dad, Mom, and Teens" bar="true" align="left" width="full"]I have a warning on my phone that says there is not enough space to back up.  What does this mean? How do I take care of it?[/quote]

I get questions like these quite often from families that visit our stores.  I almost always reply with a question, “Do you share the same apple id”?  Usually the answer is yes.

I’m a husband of one and a father of three.  We’ve gone through this headache as well.  I’ve discovered, along the way, a 3 simple steps that can be done to keep everything easy and uncomplicated.

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[toggle title="1. New ID for Jr."] Create an Apple ID for each person in the house.  In order to do this, each person will also need an email address. [/toggle]

[toggle title="2. Protect the Password"] Do not tell your child the password to the apple ID. This does a few things. First, it forces them to have to come to you for approval of purchase. This is really nice if you have your credit card attached to the Apple ID. Secondly you know what they are viewing, listening to, and playing.  Some of you may not want to have your credit card associated with your child’s Apple ID. That’s fine, set them up with an iTunes gift card.  You can even pay your children for work performed or reward them, with iTunes gift cards. Then, when they run out of money on that gift card, but want to purchase something, you have an opportunity to teach them something that even the government should learn.  That you can’t spend what you don’t have. [/toggle]

[toggle title="3. Take it With You"] When your child grows up and leaves the house, they can take their music, apps, books and a financial understanding with them, and there is no arguing over who owns what. [/toggle]

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I know that to some this may seem like a hassle, but when you set this up early, you can avoid headaches later.  Each person has their own iCloud backup so you wont be trying to connect 5 devices to one iCloud that would eat up the 5GB of free space extremely fast.

[quote author="Husband and Wife" bar="true" align="left" width="full"] I don't want to separate our Apple ID's, it's just the two of us. [/quote]

Some of you just don’t want to go that route, perhaps there is only two of you in the house and that’s fine.  The question still remains though, how do you separate who gets what on which device?  There are some steps that actually work.

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Let’s clear the air just a bit so there is no confusion.  Text Message and iMessage are not the same thing.  The typical text message is sent through a cellular data service provider (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or whoever), and is transferred to the recipient. Depending on your cell phone plan, you could be charged for the text message. But then there is iMessage, when you send a text message to someone that has an Apple ID, the Messages app automatically recognizes that person’s Apple ID and routes the message through Apple’s servers instead of using the cell phone carrier and avoids texting charges from the carrier.

To be clear, your wife or child is not intercepting all text messages, just the iMessages.  To prevent that from continuing, we need to make an adjustment.

On your device go to

Settings > Messages > Send & Receive

Then select or deselect how that device can receive iMessages.  You can choose the phone number associated with the phone, the Apple ID, or any email address you choose.  If you do decide to use a different email follow the instructions on our Alternate iMessage Email guide.

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[toggle title="Scenario #2 When my child/husband downloads an app, it appears on my device."]

Simply turn off automatic downloads option. On your device select

Settings > iTunes & App Store > Automatic Downloads

This section has the option to have Automatic Downloads turned on for Music, Apps, Books and Updates.itunesAppstore-iconibooksAppstore-icon[/toggle]

[toggle title="Scenario #3 We want to share music, but not all of it."]

Like Scenario 2, you need to turn off automatic downloads first. There are two ways to go about this.  First you can stream via the cloud. Your music will not actually be on your device, but is available to stream if you have a wifi connection or a cellular connection.  Remember though, rates may apply.  The second choice is to sync the music you want through itunes on your computer.  See our Syncing via iTunes blog for further instructions.

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[toggle title="Scenario #4 (Almost Explicit Content) My 7-year-old son has seen questionable pictures of us. What do we do?"]

First, flush your sons eyes out with water. Second, explain that this is what married couples only do. Third. Turn off photo stream on his iPad.  Then set up a shared stream for only you and your wife.

Select

Settings > iCloud > Photos

Make sure that photos are turned off here on the device you do not want your Almost Explicit Content to go to.

To create a shared stream for you and you spouse go to your photos on your device.  Then select Shared at the bottom followed by the + new shared stream… Name the stream and select next.  You will be prompted to invite someone to view these photos.  Note that in order for them to participate, they must have an apple ID.

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Syncing via iTunes and iTunes Backup

iTunes Backup

iTunes Backup is how users have backed up their iOS devices before iCloud was available.  It is still a method that many users continue to use and serves them well. Let’s see if this is the best way for you.

  • Do you regularly use the computer that has your iTunes Backups?
  • Do you not have an iCloud account or don’t want to use iCloud?
  • Do your photos and videos on your device’s camera roll regularly exceed 1 GB in size?
  • Do you tend to have very large backups?
  • Would you like a manual or secondary backup solution to use with your iCloud back up?

iCloud and iTunes Backup together

For those of you who want that extra level of backup for your data, we suggest that you use iCloud Backup and iTunes Backup together.

When you use iCloud backup, it doesn’t disable iTunes backup completely, it just stops the automatic backup via iTunes.  You can manually backup via iTunes yourself whenever you want to create a new one.

The Steps for Manual iTunes Backup 

1. Plug your iOS device into your primary computer via the cable provided.

2. Open iTunes

3a. For iTunes 11, click the iOS device button on the right, then in the backups section, click back up now under “manually backup and restore”

3b. For iTunes 10.7, right-click or control click on your iOS device in the iTunes source list, then choose back up from the itunes device shortcut menu.

4. Allow the backup to complete.

We recommend backing up with iTunes on a weekly basis or more often if there is important data.  If your going to use the two backups together, and you want to speed up your iCloud Backup and Restore functions, you can save iCloud storage by turning off very large data types. Example: You have a 7 GB Camera roll on you iPhone, and you already have it manually backed up to iTunes.  Disabling the backup of any items can be done on your iOS devices.

Settings > iCould > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage > Backups > Backup Options

These items, after doing so, will only be backed up manually to itunes.

Automatic iTunes Backup.

1. Open iTunes

2. Connect your iOS device to your computer with the included USB cable.

3. Select the iOS device in the upper right corner. If your don't see your device, choose View > Hide Sidebar.

4. In the Summary tab, select "Sync with this [device] over Wi-Fi"

5. When the computer and the iOS device are on the same Wi-Fi network, the iOS device will appear in iTunes. The automatic syncing will commence when the following conditions are true:

  • The iOS device is charging
  • iTunes is open on the computer
  • The iOS device and the computer are on the same Wi-Fi network.

 You can also backup via iCloud

iOS Guides

iOS 7 is here and we will be starting to bring you tips on what it does.  Stick around because this list will be growing. METip iOS Backup and Restore

Erase and Restore

Families and Apple ID's - end the madness

Alternate iMessage Email

Syncing via iTunes and iTunes Backup

Backup via iCloud

Swiping Back - No more thumb stretches

A Guide to Guided Access - Keep your toddler on one program

Control Center

Notifications in iOS 7

 

Did You Know About 5GB of Free iCloud Storage?

Do you know what you can back up to your iClound account?
You get 5 GB of free iCloud storage for:
  • Photos and videos in the Camera Roll
  • Device settings (for example: Phone Favorites, Wallpaper, and Mail, Contacts, Calendar accounts)
  • App data
  • Home screen and app organization
  • Messages (iMessage, SMS, and MMS)
  • Ringtones
  • Visual Voicemails
If you use iTunes to backup, here's how you do it:
  1. Plug your iOS device into your primary computer via the provided cable.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Right-click (or Control click) on your iOS device in the iTunes Source list.
  4. Choose "Back Up" from the iTunes device shortcut menu.
Note: When you have a warranty replacement for any iOS device, the customer is responsible for all data backup.

How To Set Up Time Machine

Backing up your computer files is like exercising; it’s something that everyone knows they should do, but few take the time to actually do it. But Apple has made the hassle of backing up your files as simple as possible with Time Machine. Time machine keeps hourly backups for 24 hours, daily backups for a month and weekly backups until your drive is full. OS X Lion and Mountain Lion also give the ability to encrypt your backup files giving you added security. Time Machine will automatically back up:

  • System files
  • Applications
  • Preferences
  • Music
  • Photos
  • Movies
  • Documents
  • and more

All you have to do is connect a hard drive, and Apple will guide you through the rest.

You can use either an external hard drive connected with Thunderbolt, USB or FireWire, or if you have installed a secondary internal hard drive on your machine you can use that. Open Time Machine and if it will ask if you use would like to backup your computer to the new hard drive. Simply click “Use as Backup Disk” and your preferences will open allowing you to encrypt your files, how often you would like Time Machine to backup your system and more.

For more information and directions on manually preparing a disk for Time Machine, visit this Apple Support page.

So how big of an external hard drive will you need? Well it depends on how much and how often you want to backup. Most people will require between 500GB and 2TB’s worth of space.

Stop into one of our MacExperience locations and we can answer your backup questions and provide you with the hard drives you need to make sure your musics, photos, documents and movies are kept safe.