Connecting to Time Capsule from Windows

My time capsule was easy to setup to back up my macbook but I also wanted to use it a file share for my windows PCs. It was not obvious at all how to connect to it from Windows. The Time Capsule doesn’t show up in any of the network browsing UI. I finally downloaded the Airport utility for Windows and installed it, this let me look at the Time Capsule properties and I observed the default name of the Time Capsule — “John Ludwig’s Time Capsule” — is converted to a usable network name — “John-Ludwigs-Time-Capsule.local”. I was able to connect to this name in the Windows Explorer and map a drive to it and now all is well. There are also options in the Airbook utility to set the Workgroup for the time capsule and the WINS server, but in a home network, who knows where the freaking WINS server is??? I sure don’t.

2 Replies to “Connecting to Time Capsule from Windows”

  1. Hello, Did you ever figure out the name for WINS server? After many many attempts/solutions from forum users and Apple Support (3 hours on phone) I have not been able to connect my Dell PC laptop WinXP SP-3 wireless network to new Time Capsule. Macbook connects wirelessly OK. drF

  2. No and I gave up on time capsules, the failure rate over time on these is terribly high. I would not trust any data to them.

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