How do I hard reset an Apple Airport Extreme or Time Capsule?


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Apple networking equipment is good stuff. It’s easy to set up, easy to operate and provides  excellent coverage and speed. You can use an iPhone or an iPad to set it up using the AirPort utility on the iOS AppStore. I personally own a TimeCapsule, an AirPort Extreme and an AirPort base station and configured all of these to operational use on a mobile device:

for the head strong
If you went with a TimeCapsule, network storage is possible. Not only for your computer…but for all of your mobile devices as well. When coupled with powerful enough apps like Stratospherix’s FileBrowser or FileExplorer from Steven Zhang, you can effectively tie your computers, your networking NAS (Network Access Storage), and all of your cloud based file services like iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox and One Drive on your mobile device and move physical file bits to and fro, hither and yon. Anywhere…via an iPhone. Create, copy or delete.

It is all there.

I beta test for Stratospherix and for Steven Zhang, and can guarantee that either of these apps (there are free versions of both but please support these developers) will make you the master of your mobile file/networking solution:

FileBrowser


FileExplorer:


How to do a hard-reset.

In this tutorial, you won’t need fancy apps or high tech equipment (other than the device). All you need is a toothpick, and 30 seconds:


In the above (Gen 4 and Gen 3 TimeCapsules), the rear panels are shown. Here we have power, USB, WAN, LAN, reset button and lock from left to right on the Gen3 TC, and it’s about the same on the Gen4 TC bottom to top. 

You will need something like a toothpick or a paper clip to perform the reset. With the power on, depress and hold for 30 seconds. The amber light will begin to flash steady, begging you to re-configure it to the point of steady green. You will not lose any data saved on the NAS portion of the device.