• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This rating is for the Apple Airport extreme

    • Written by from Lafayette

    I decided to buy the Apple Airport extreme instead of the Time Capsule because I wanted to add my own high-quality hard drive.
    2Tb Samsung's are awesome factory OEM not the newer drives which are actually manufactured by Seagate but branded under the Samsung name
    I am happy with the performance of the AirPort Extreme. The router speed is good and the backup works very well with my Time Machine plus I can share data stored on the back up drive with my macs iPhone iPad (using GoodReader) and PC clients

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for Automated Backups

    • Written by from Beverly Hills

    Few people back up their precious data, but with an Airport Time Capsule my Mac backs itself up wirelessly and automatically every hour. Once I set up the Time Machine software it's just set and forget. Worth every dollar. Would be more valuable with USB 3 (for external drives) and Solid State Drive. Would give it 5 starts with USB 3 and SSD.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the router. 4.75 rating.

    • Written by from ALISO VIEJO

    Router works well, stores and backs up automatically, signal is strong upstairs and down, easy set up and good connection.

    Love the Extreme Airport Time Capsule. My only wish is there was a way to store all my CD's to it and playback over AirPlay without going through iTunes Match. May have to break down on that one though. Storing and playback would have given it a full 5 stars in my book, but its about 4.75 without it.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Time Capsule great for WIFI......

    • Written by from Winchester

    I bought this to improve my WIFI and my god its amazing............. 5 mins out the box I did a speed test and got 123mb/sec (my service is 120) so very very impressed, got 99 from iphone 5 and about 135 from my ipad air.

    In terms of a back up solution not at all what I expected but probably my own fault for not checking it out properly.

    I wanted something where I could literally just send a photo from iphone straight to the storage device so a bit like AirDrop, but sadly it doesnt do this.

    In summary I would buy just the Airport Extreme instead of the time capsule

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well so far

    • Written by from Brownstown

    Fast = yes
    Easy = yes
    Can it host files like a NAS = yes
    To set this up you just have to log onto the router from each Mac computer

    What would make this better? = convenient local sync like a personal cloud such as drop box or sugar sync

    I'm still working on how to network attach a USB printer...

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic...but needs QoS

    • Written by from Godmanchester

    QoS needs to be part of the next firmware update!! Please!

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Compatibility problems with Comcast modem

    • Written by from OKEMOS

    I have all Apple equipment including a new iMac. It was very difficult to get this to work with my internet modem. I spent hours on the phone with people from my internet provider and Best Buy where I bought the product. I worked with two different people at Apple support trying to fix the problem. After almost 3 hours we finally got it to function.

    Lesson Learned: There was a compatibility issue related to our Internet provider Comcast.

    Recommendation: If possible, try to do your homework before you buy to see if there are any known issues between your provider/modem and the Apple Time Capsule. If you discover that there have been compatibility problems then plan on working with Apple to get the router to work properly.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product But Some Limitations

    • Written by from Saxmundham

    I bought this because the reviews suggested the range was good. In fact, the range is slightly lower than my BT Hub 3. I connect this to my BT Hub 3 and then have a Range Extender so that I can receive a reasonable wifi signal in my garden office.

    I've then plugged an external 2TB hard drive into the Airport for shared data storage across my various iMacs, MacBooks and iOS devices.

    I can't get the iOS devices to work with it, but to be fair I haven't spent much time working it out. The OSX devices (Mavericks) work fine most of the time.

    First point to note is that the signal strength (without the extender) is about the same as it was on the BT Hub 3, but less reliable. It fluctuates all the time where at least the Hub 3 was stable. The 5Ghz connection drops all the time.

    From in the house, everything works fine. It's only when the Wifi extender is used that I get issues.

    Time Machine backups from my iMac and 2 MacBooks happen without me realising now.

    Back to Mac (for remote access when not on the new local LAN) works but is incredibly slow and often I can see the Airport, click on the external HD but then nothing happens... Research on the forums suggest that as Airport doesn't support updp it will be slow... Haven't found a resolution yet...

    Using the external drive for shared storage is working well but is a little slow. I'm thinking of investing in a better external HD as the Hitachi I have is quite old and slow (there's a slight delay when every I try to connect whilst the HD fires itself into life). Also, if the wifi signal isn't great, accessing the files is very slow.

    I often have to reboot the Airport as sometimes I can see it from my Mac but when I click on the external HD no files are displayed. Power off, 10 second wait, power back on seems to make it re-appear.

    I've now decided to try and bypass the extended wifi network and will run Cat5 from the Airport, out the house wall and along the garden fence to my office. I'll then put a local wifi router in the office and see if that helps overcome some of the niggles.

    Summary - great product, works out of the box, but there are some niggles which I think may be down to my physical wifi setup. I'll update once I've tried with the Cat5.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    • Written by from JORVAS

    I have an iMac from 2006, a Mac mini and ipads. By adding this one i could backup the old machine, got a better looking faster acces point and it even shares files. I do not need to get a separate server. Incredibly easy to install, but still includes the important safety features. Great product - thank you Apple

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but not a home run!

    • Written by from Louisville

    The Time Capsule is a great router and an excellent backup device. It would be perfect if Apple simply made it support DLNA like every other router on the face of the earth! This way you could stream to your Apple TV / Smart TV device from its file share.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I bought this thinking it was a 2TB wireless hard drive

    • Written by from tampa

    Went in to the Apple Store and bought it.
    I figured out how to load files directly.
    I love how it backs up everything.
    What I don't like is how many times it freezes when going into Time machine and having to reboot MBA.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Router purchased.

    • Written by from Comox

    I purchased the Time Capsule 2TB about a month ago and I am very happy with it. The signal is great and the wireless works on every device I own with no additional setup (MacBook Pro, iPhone 5, iPad3, Sony Ericcson Xpheria, xBox360 slim.) The harddrive on it is also very reliable and easy to connect to. It took me a second to find it as it shows up in the shared are in Finder instead of as it's own icon on the desktop. So, my one and only complaint. The harddrive is slow. I read a little about this being the case online and it does have some fair points. That being said, this is not such a huge problem for me personally so I am still very happy with it. 4 out of 5 stars, only for the slow harddrive.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Connects to all my Apple products and has NAS capability

    • Written by from SAN JOSE

    The Time Capsule connects to all of my Apple products including a MacBook Air (mid 2013), MacBook Pro (late 2011), iPhone5,iPod, iPad, and Apple TV without any problems.

    The setup was relatively easy with the current Airport Utility in the Finder->Utilties Folder. You only have to enter the Time Capsule name and the WIFI network a name and password. It didn't seem to work at first but when I powered down both my cable modem and Time Capsule they both came up without any problem and I could join my network. The 2.4 and 5.0 Ghz channels are chosen automatically or you can choose them yourself. (A useful tool is WiFi Explorer from the App Store which shows all the nearby network and how you compare to them).

    I'm using the Time Capsule for Time Machine backups on both my MacBook Air and Pro. Expect the initial backup to take an hour or more depending on the amount of data on your internal drive.

    Setting up an external USB drive as NAS worked. 1) format the USB drive, 2) connect it to the Time Capsule was easy. Finding the USB drive was a bit obscure:
    1 - Finder->Network
    2 - Click on the Time Capsule
    3 - Click on the USB name
    4 - the USB NAS appears on the desktop and you can drag and drop to the NAS. I find it a bit more convenient than Air Drop. Caution: do not eject NAS or Time Capsule using Disk Utility. You might have to reboot to get the drive back. Use the Finder->Eject or Applescript->Eject.

    I have read some criticism that the Time Capsule only has a USB 2.0 port but I suspect that the speed is limited by the Network speed not the drive. Also an internal drive instead of an SSD drive adds to the delay. Why waste a USB 3.0 drive when the WIFI speed is so much slower?

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Careful with packaging!!

    • Written by from Carrboro

    I read many reviews complaining about the packaging.. I thought they all sounded whiny but I went ahead and expected hazard when opening so I was really really careful ...and it STILL dropped out of the box and crashed on the floor! There is no way to prepare for the unboxing of this poorly-packaged product ..maybe just do it over a bunch of pillows. You've been warned! (again)

    31 of 33 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited feature set for router

    • Written by from Durham

    I have owned the time capsule for at least a couple months now. The range and signal are fantastic all over the house and out in the yard. I have one PC and one Mac backing up to it, including the use of an external USB HDD.

    The negatives are around the lack of domain and port filtering. Every router I've had previously has had some capability to white- or black-list domains or block specific ports (e.g. XBox). I've partially solved that problem with OpenDNS.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great But....

    • Written by from Glendora

    Everything works but I keep getting randomly dropped and it loses connection. Otherwise it's a great apple product.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great power and range - just be careful when opening the box !

    • Written by from Sheffield

    Bought this to replace an ageing router that kept losing signal and range and to get a backup solution and am not disappointed ! It was so easy to set up and get going via an iMac - literally 5 minutes out of the box and I had a much stronger signal that all my Apple devices found immediately (and also an old desktop PC!). Range is good in a stone built three story house. Backup is also simplicity itself - it just works ! Beware when opening the packaging though - when you do finally get the box apart, the device wobbles and falls out - I caught mine luckily, but a lot of these will hit the floor on opening (surprised no-one tested the packaging?!). Open the box in an upright position over a table top or risk damage - seriously !!

    43 of 43 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product. Terrible packaging. Beware!

    • Written by from MOOLOOLABA

    BEWARE! When unboxing this unit there is a very high chance of dropping it.

    The top outer box does not slide off easily so two hands will be required to pull the box apart. Unfortunately there is no supporting packaging around the capsule so with one hand holding the top box and one holding the bottom box the unit just falls out to the floor.

    For all the stunning packaging Apple has for other products its amazing they let this one through.

    Once running (hopefully not damaged) this product is a dream to set up and its range is fantastic. Very quiet and a great small footprint. Highly recommend just be careful opening.

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    easy set up but not perfect

    • Written by from San Diego

    i had netgear extreme router before and decided to switch to airport as i'm slowing moving from pc to mac. set up was easy and worked within minutes. the range of wifi, however, is the about same as my previous netgear. i noticed wifi signal strength varies even when i stay at one spot.
    i was hoping for better range and stronger signals but that didn't happen.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This is the one to get.

    • Written by from Green Valley

    Replaced previous (too small) external hard drive and Airport Extreme with this unit.

    Airport (WiFi) function superior to previous Airport Extreme...which is saying a lot because the Airport Extreme is a REALLY good router. Had to mess a bit with Airport Express device used for network extender but actually easy once I resolved my ignorance via Apple phone support...took minutes.

    Hard drives in the Time Capsule are neither fast nor slow...about average. However, the actual function is totally smooth, noiseless, brainless, and automatic. Thing just sits there and works. Excellent product. Would have given five stars if faster drives....small deal given the intended function.

    15 of 16 people found this useful