SETTING UP THE APPLE TIME CAPSULE FOR OPTUSNET CABLE

SETTING UP THE APPLE TIME
CAPSULE FOR OPTUSNET CABLE
T H E P RO B L E M
If you have an existing cable internet connection and wish to change to using the
Time Capsule as a router for one or several computers ... it is unlikely that it will
work first time.
Optusnet in Australia does not support “routing” - sharing one internet connection
between several computers so there is no advice on the Optusnet website.
There seems to be very little user advice on the Internet.
MY EXPERIENCES
I initially set up my Time Capsule as a server but used a D-Link router to connect to
the Internet. The Time Capsule wass set in “Bridge” mode which means it can
connect computers to the Internet via the D-Link.
I only retained the D-Link because it had a parallel printer port that kept my ancient
laser printer going. Now that the printer has expired I have decided to drop the DLink.
The Time Capsule would not connect to the Internet when I plugged the cable
modem cable into the WAN port.
SOLUTIONS
I changed the Time Capsule from Bridge mode to “Share a public address” using
Airport Utility (Manual Set-up / Internet / Internet Connection
http://users.tpg.com.au/aoaug/mac_osx.html
T I M E C A P S U L E S E T- U P
I clicked on the DHCP tab and made sure that the allocated Beginning and Ending
addresses were valid (10.0.0.0 - 10.255.255.255, 172.16.0.0 - 172.31.255.255 or
192.168.0.0 - 192.168.255.255 )
Now the important bit - the Cable modem needs to be reset so that it recognises
that the router has changed. With my modem this is done by unplugging the power
cord for several minutes (maybe up to half an hour). The stand-by button is no good
for this as it does not reset the modem.
After this I could connect to the Internet via ethernet cable into the Time Capsule
or view Airport wireless - phew!
http://users.tpg.com.au/aoaug/mac_osx.html