• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best wireless ROUTER/BACKUP solution out there!

    • Written by from Juneau

    This is by far the most functional and most controllable (with app) router via any iDevice/Mac! I love how it stable and quickly it backs up my MacBook Pro and other household Mac devices. It is possible to use it as a stand alone 'network drive' but that's not what this device is designed to be. Like I said, it is possible, you just have to search the 'net for the "how-to".

    The internet connection is solid. Initially, it wasn't, but after updating the firmware, it runs like a champ. I have never had to reset this router at all since then (it's been at least 6 months or maybe even longer).

    The tech specs and description speaks for itself, but if you use this as it is intended to be used (a backup source, hence 'time capsule' not 'network drive'); you will be more than pleased with it's speed, range and durability.

    I'm so tired of these 1 star reviews tainting the final overall score of this exceptional product. Use it for what it is and rate it for what it's supposed to do, not what you were hoping it would or wouldn't be!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very unstable, and Airport Utility is virtually useless

    • Written by from BALTIMORE

    Worked for the first year. Now it is very unstable. Every time we run Airport Utility the Time Capsule "cannot be found". We have to power recycle the Time Capsule. Every time! Then one and only one of our many devices kept dropping off of the LAN until I changed IPv6 settings on both Time Capsule and iMac. Really, Apple? Apple tech support has zero clue as to why this is happening and refuses to help. My Time Capsule is essentially becoming a very, very expensive paperweight. Thanks a lot, Apple!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    LOVE this thing!

    • Written by from Moorhead

    It's too bad about the experience the negative reviewers have had... Here's how my experience started:
    1) Receive the device a day sooner than expected
    2) Took it home over lunch break, opened the package, verified it was in perfect shape (it was)
    3) Removed my Netgear NightHawk router from my LAN
    4) Plugged necessary data cables into the device, then powered it up
    5) Made a trip to the next room to my iMac
    6) Spent PRECISELY three (3) minutes turning on Time Capsule and configuring the device via the Airport app in "Utilities"
    7) Started the first backup of my iMac (588 Gigs)
    8) Made and devoured a party pizza (15 minutes)
    9) Went to check, and discovered that everything was already done!

    Fast, easy and, considering the backup potential with 3 TB, not terribly expensive. For real-world testing, I ran five speed tests using www.speedtest.net, and my 50/5MB connection tested at 48.6/4.73 via wireless.

    HAPPY CUSTOMER!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor hard drive capabilities

    • Written by from Miller Place

    Purchased this 3tb capsule twice, first one came factory defective according to apple. Second one, works fine as a network adapter, but is way to slow for a hard drive, wifi or with ethernet. I bought it to transfer 800gb of photos onto it. moving them over to it was very difficult, seemed unstable, unreliable, and it was never doing what it said it was doing. After it taking a couple of days to transfer my photos, now when i load the shared drive through finder, it occasionally says it doesn't exist, or was disconnected from network, then i go into the airport utility and wait for it to load there and sometimes that works but not always. after it loads , you click onto the data folder which inside is my photos, which at this point takes atleast 15 mins for the previews to load. I finally get them loaded and notice theres 504 photos that the icons appear transparent, and say they are zero bytes. i check the info on the photos and they say they were created jan 1984 at 3am, and modified jan 2068. so what does that mean. anyway, i have to rate it 2 stars because for the price , its not worth the aggrivation

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nightmare

    • Written by from BANTRY

    This is dreadful in the extreme. I purchased it with a cisco modem/router after my old backup drive crashed. I set it up in bridge mode attached to my modem via ethernet cable with the hope of using it as a wireless point for a sound system consisting of Bang & Olufsen and Libratone speakers. As a wireless point it works fine but my internet connection and external ip cameras never worked. Have now reverted to my cisco modem/router and bought a regular backup drive. STAY AWAY FROM THIS. IT WILL DO YOUR HEAD IN!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love This!!

    • Written by from miami

    Is it expensive? yes... is it worth it? yes, at least for me... I have no idea why people say they had problem with the setup cause I did it all in my old iphone with absolutely no problems in less than 3 minutes. Love the design, is heavy but it needs to be is a back up plus you don't want it to easily knocked to the floor. I bought 3TB not that I needed it but why not?

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great; Now!!

    • Written by from Desert Hot Springs

    Had problems with the 2.4GHz band quitting intermittently. Called support and they replaced. Same thing with the replacement. So after much troubleshooting and head scratching; had an "ah ha" moment and moved the device a couple of feet away. It is now "rock solid". Still don't know why but it works; that's all that matters!!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It does not support iCloud

    • Written by from San Jose

    Apparently when Apple is advertising Apple Watch, iPhone 6 and the continuity with iCloud, the AirPort Time Capsule with gigantic 3TB storage is long forgotten. The storage in this Internet device is irrelevant to any iCloud service or any applications on iOS (except a simple configuration tool!) The time capsule can do Time Machine backup, but I have no way to backup my three other iOS devices directly to it. The file copy speed is also slow, either using 1Gbps wired connection or 802.11ac, I can only get ~30MBytes/sec speed, which is slower than any other computers on my local area network. Apple, please do something to make it useful, for example, tether the 3TB storage to my iCloud Drive, and give the iOS option to backup to the AirPort Time Capsule's 3TB storage!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    ehhh for this price?

    • Written by from Raeford

    I'm really not impressed. Yes, it gives me wireless internet. Yes, most of the time I can access my files wirelessly. However, it constantly disconnects as a hard drive (leaves my internet alone) and I cannot access my files. I noticed this is a common problem so I set the device and my laptop to not go into sleep mode and this still has not fixed the issue. After a few hours of not using it, I have to unplug it or change some of the settings so it resets itself. Not what someone expects from apple or a product of this price (MBP and Time Capsule).

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Hard Drive Won't Stay Mounted

    • Written by from Nashville

    Unreliable. The hard drive portion of the product is supposed to be a network disk, but it will not stay mounted. It drops off and disconnects. Have to unplug AirPort Time Capsule to reboot. Pain in the tail and jeopardizes backups. Works fine as a Wireless Access Point, but not as a hard drive. Come on, Apple . . . You can do better!

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Why no SNMP?

    • Written by from Odenton

    The only drawback is that "upgrading" to this model meant I lost the long-used functionality of SNMP for tracking network usage. Come on Apple, why did you remove such a fundamental industry standard?

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy install

    • Written by from Valencia

    Easiest install ever. Had Time Capsule up and running in under 5 minutes. Had a 5th Gen Time Capsule and left it powered so the new one asked to copy settings and that was it. Done! Added an Airport Extreme to expand network and then finally re-added back in the original time machine to not only expand the network with 3 devices now have 2 time machines. The Time Machine asks which disks to back up to and since there are 2 is asks if I want to alternate backups on each one. Great Idea! Yes I do for redundancy.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it!!!

    • Written by from Lakeland

    After having a bad experience with another (different brand) back-up drive, I decided to give the Time Capsule a try. While expensive, I have found it is worth every penny. It serves as a 3TB back-up drive AND a 802.11ac router. AC wireless routers are expensive, so considering this gives you a cutting edge WiFi router in addition to 3TB of back-up storage, you really do get a lot of bang for your buck. Besides, it has been very reliable and is quite nice looking to boot. I would highly recommend this product!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not up to expectations

    • Written by from Aurora

    I have a new MacBook Pro with 16 Gb RAM, 2.8 GHz i7, 1 Tb SSD drive. Can't buy a better one. It took 4 days to do the first Time Machine backup and 2 days to do the second. WAY TO SLOW to be useful especially with the MacBook Pro. Should have saved the money and stuck to my old system and just used an external USB 3 drive. I could get 2 , 2Tb drives for the $200 extra it cost

    18 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    • Written by from SOUTH EUCLID

    A few weeks ago, I ordered this to replace my first or second gen (don't recall, it's been a while) Time Capsule. The old one was a refurb, and had seen better days. Signal strength was weakening, backup had stopped, it was refreshing IP and dropping connections. There are at least 10 devices in my house connecting all at the same time. I work from home. I was hesitant to order this one based on some of the reviews. If you're like me, don't hesitate. It's great.

    Setup was a breeze. Did it from my iPhone. Backups from my Apple laptop started immediately. All devices connected seamlessly; no need to go through the password routine. Xbox, iPhones, Android phones, printers, Kindles, two work laptops, one personal laptop and more --- lots going on.

    Signal strength is outstanding. I get 5 bars on my Windows laptop (my main work device) consistently, dropping to 4 at the lowest. I do a lot of VOIP talking through this laptop and voice quality in and out is good. Page loading is fast. Document uploads and downloads are great. I have good cable speed and could never understand why my uploads/downloads were so slow. This device has addressed that.

    And lastly, the design is typically Apple genius. The vertical presence is much more friendly to being put on your desk top. Instead of hiding under some shelf and collecting months' worth of dust, it sits there like it's supposed to be there.

    If it starts to fizzle out, I'll be sure to post another review, but so far -- Fantastic.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great unit, and I've had no issues to date

    • Written by from Sydney

    I purchased one of these "new" models to replace an older one that was coming on 3 1/2 years or so. It seems to work great thus far. Take all reviews with a grain of salt, positive and negative, as there are people who this will NOT work so well for and others, like myself, who its perfect for.
    No, it is not a "modem/router", no it will not "extend" your wifi network unless using 2 of them to bounce off each other, OR you seriously know how to actually make this one pick up a wifi signal and repeat it.
    BUT in saying that, if you need a wifi backup of your mac and want to use time machine wirelessly. it works fine. If you would like access to everything from the drive (The old "back to mac" style) it seems to work fine (albeit a little slower that I would have hoped)

    The machine looks good, works for its intended purpose and works well. I think apple just need to be careful when advertising certain aspects and the wording of those aspects.... maybe they are expecting with future upgrades they will allow more functionality with this, but who knows.

    All in all, very happy with the 3TB model, use it daily, and I have had no issues with it what so ever.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Combination

    • Written by from MEMPHIS

    I replaced a Linksys E4200 WiFi with the AirPort Time Capsule 3TB. First thing i noticed, the improved signal strength and speed. I am able to use wireless N 5GHz on my devices without any issues. Setup was very easy except the limited selections for IP settings on the network. I like to use a custom IP, but with this device, only limited to 3 static choices in the IPv4 range. Also, you cannot limit the number of connections on the Guest WiFi.
    There are only 3 Ethernet ports. I guess Apple wants us to use the Wifi.
    The built-in 3TB HDD is great for Apple's Time Machine.
    There is drawback that AppleCare is not available for the product. Not sure if I need it since all my Apple devices has not failed in 3 years that i owned them.
    The design is great.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    wireless network is terrible! much worse signal strength than older model!

    • Written by from Frederick

    The signal strength from my old Time Capsule was MUCH better. It is so bad that I had to set up my old Time Machine nearby and then use it to extend my wireless network to get reliable signals in my home. It still "drops" my signal at various times (the old Time Machine never did that!) and ticks me off when I am trying to download something, listen to music, or watch a video. I have been through the setup for this thing multiple times and have even reset it to factory settings, then tried setting it up again. Nothing works. Sorry to have spent $399 for such a piece of junk!

    38 of 46 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Happy

    • Written by from Scottsdale

    I've had the 3TB TC for about six months or so. It has been excellent. I connect my three Macs, MP 5,1 (just sold), 2012 mini and 2012 MBP by Ethernet when on my desk. The MBP and iPhone 5c frequently use WiFi. I've had no configuration or connection issues at all.

    The poor thing has even been tortured a little bit by having the reconfigured mini and sold Mac Pro sparsebundles deleted. On another occasion I deleted the TC just to start out fresh with TM backups from the mini and MBP.

    For awhile the TC was holding backups from all three Macs. Could I be happier? Sure, another couple of Ethernet ports and a 4TB or 5TB option.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great so far for me.

    • Written by from Wrexham

    I've just purchased this from Manchester Airport (tax free - 256 quid if you're looking for a bargain) to replace the BT Homehub 3 using BT Infinity 2 (76Mbps+).

    Much faster than the Homehub, which needed rebooting more than daily. Even the ethernet was terrible when it threw a wobbler.

    This has been running really fast for me.

    Needed to enable the 5GHz network broadcast to let my rMPB communicate in ac, whilst all my n devices stay on the 2.4Ghz Network.
    This can be done via Aiport Utility > Click on Time Capsule> Edit > Wireless Tab > Wireless Options.

    The rMPB retains at minimum 877Mbps connection and gets higher, 1.72 ms ping to Time Capsule from rMPB over ac with 4 other devices connected and Netflix streaming in HD to Apple TV.
    Wireless n works as it should.

    Ethernet connection (Apple TV, Xbox 360) both are quick.

    And by mounting the backup drive in finder (under "Shared" in the sidebar - may have to be enabled in Finder > Preferences > Sidebar Tab) you can use the built in backup disk as a shared network drive)

    A Freecom Mobile Mg is in the USB2 port (Which should be USB3!), and is quick and easy to access.

    Tip: If you have a network drive mounted in finder, you can drag if to System Preferences > Users + Groups > Login Items to have the network drives auto mount when you login.

    You can also go to finder > Preferences > General and check Connected Servers to see drives on your desktop.

    So, looks pretty cool, beam forming seems to work, access over WAN is sleek (over Back to my Mac -but be careful with your passwords!).

    I am satisfied. 1/2 Star off because of USB 2 and not 3, and 1/2 star because of the lack of information regarding having to enable broadcasting at 5GHz to take advantage to take advantage of ac speeds. Took a little bit of thought, should be clearly indicated somewhere.

    From "The Register UK"
    "The 2013 Time Capsule can broadcast simultaneously on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. However, 802.11ac only operates on 5GHz – leaving the 2.4GHz frequency to 802.11n – where it doubles the standard channel width from 40MHz to 80MHz."

    BTW Google "using an apple time capsule with bt infinity" for how to connect to bt.

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