• 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.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for a year and a few weeks

    • Written by from West Babylon

    Purchased this on June 22,2013, it worked great for a year and a few weeks, now it just makes a clicking noise and doesn't put out wifi. My last few experiences with Apple have been extremely painful making me question my faith in their iMacs and now Time Capsules.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very slow!!!! Muy muy muy muy lentoooooooo

    • Written by from Bogota

    It's very slow!!! Made a backup using time machine take 14 hours (only 300 GB).
    Es muy lento, copiar cualquier archivo toma horas. Hacer el backup con time machine puede llegar a tomar 14 horas y eso que son sólo 300 GB.

    5 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the money -- just get a firewire hard drive

    • Written by from Menlo Park

    This product is immensely frustrating. It may work OK initially, but wait until you upgrade to the next gen software, like Mavericks. Want to plug it in via ethernet for longer backups -- get ready to try this multiple times and return to find a "Backup Failed" message for reasons that require a lot of effort to resolve. Unless you have an office environment, you're just going to turn off the "hourly" backups out of frustration. Want to change the frequency of the backups, get ready to buy a third party app that works about half the time. Do yourself a favor, just look at all of the support topics for this product and all of the frustrated users. Yes, the concept is great and it is another slick looking Apple product, but you're paying a lot of money for basic wireless functionality that's available from other dedicated storage makers.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great design poor execution

    • Written by from Northwood

    This is a well designed product but the following do not work once you have set it up:
    - HP wifi printer - this was working just fine until I installed the TC 3TB. Apparently, one needs to connect it to the single USB port but that defeats the purpose of having a wifi printer!!
    - if you are using an ADSL router from Sky or BT, you cannot set up the guest network - complicated explanation but that does not work. and there is reams of information on google why that does not work

    If you are only looking for extending your wifi network and hard disk space on your home wifi then this works very well right out of the box and hence just the two stars.

    I am afraid mine is going back on Monday. I have to say this is the most underwhelming product ever to come out of Apple.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant stuff...with potentials for improvement

    • Written by from Aylesbury

    What an "Apple night". Now Airport Time Capsule and Apple TV are happily running together. I've never experienced an easier network setup. With Airport I've plugged it into the network and it did everything automatically. All I have to do was to provide my ISP username and password. No need to web browser access to 192.etc addresses. The interface was very intuitive and I'm now running two WiFi networks, at 2.4 and 5 GHz so there is a better WiFi traffic distribution at home and the signal is stronger. Highly recommended. One suggestion: allow disk partitioning

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Investment I have made in Apple Equipment

    • Written by from saint louis

    Wireless connection so unreliable that It is going into the trash.

    6 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No Thunderbolt or even USB3

    • Written by from Pymble

    Let me say from the off that the concept is brilliant and I couldn't live without it...but...incredibly it does not have a Thunderbolt connection and even more incredibly, it doesn't even have USB3 on it. Now, I had to upgrade my old 1TB Time Capsule because it was so old and I am sure you can imagine how long it took to get the info on to this new 3TB TC. There is no point in singing about Thunderbolt from the roof tops if it isn't going to be on your latest storage device. This is in need of a serious upgrade and only adding USB3 simply won't cut. I'd prefer to go back to the old design as well, but that's just a personal preference.

    Aside of the above gripes, it is tremendously practical and works well.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but not Best!

    • Written by

    Try to change to this new TC as my old router is beginning to deteriorate. See a lot of post here saying the range is excellent but my experience is it is slightly better than my old one but not 'extremely amazing'. Don't know if it is specific in Hong kong that the wall is made of cement, the signal get down to one slot only if it pass through two walls, though it is not far away from the TC.

    Otherwise, the design and setup and automatic backup's function are wonderful.

    And don't known why not using USB 3.0.....

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Seamless installation and connectivity

    • Written by from Singapore

    The way my apartment is designed, I needed two 'networks' in the home - one for the front and one for the back. The problem was that in order to print I had to go to the back to print. I also had the old Time Capsule in the back and the Time Machine on my laptops would only work when I was in the back of the flat. Unfortunately, the old Time Capsule had only 1TB space, which was insufficient for 2 Macs in the home.
    Decided to buy this new AirPort Time Capsule. Awesome connectivity. The whole home is covered with printing, scanning and backup for the 2 Macs. I now use, the old Time Capsule to save my Photo and Music libraries.
    No regrets - as usual.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    perfect...

    • Written by from Media

    added this unit to expand my wifi network and to use for storage. set up was simple and it performs flawlessly. the new wifi channel's range is unreal! buy it.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Well worth the $$$!

    • Written by from Memphis

    We had a HD failure and immediately regretted not having one of these. The setup was easy and only took 5 minutes. I have not yet seen the speed enhancement that reviews have talked about so thats a bummer.

    My only gripe is that it didn't come with a CAT 5/network cable. For $399, it should come with it even if its only a 3-5ft cable, simply because you need it. It wouldn't take much talent to throw one in the box. From a manufacturer cost perspective cables are dirt cheap.

    The minute your MB Pro, iMac, or any IOS device fails it'll be worth its weight in gold.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Most Worthful

    • Written by from Strathfield

    ITS amazing i have one . always better to buy a worthy thing no matter how much it cost you.... @khandesh

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple, fast, and excellent signal strength.

    • Written by from CLEARWATER

    I am very impressed of how easy and fast it was to be up and running took all of 3 minutes after clicking for the first time.

    1st the back up is easy and fast, and best of all its automatic.
    2nd its all very seamless, to save to , access, and have in your house.
    3rd its a ton of storage that will take a bit to fill up, but with ethernet and USB expandability you can add plenty more.

    Buy it so worth it, and my wifi signal is nearly goof a block and half away.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow router!

    • Written by from toronto

    "Upgraded" to this from an older version of AirPort Extreme.

    Have to re- boot this every couple of days.

    I hard cabled my iMac to my router 'cause the airport is so unreliable. Right now my air book kept crapping out on internet. Did a speed test. On two wifi connected iBooks and my iPad vs. my hard wired iMac.

    49.8 Mbps downloads hard wired to router....3.89 Mbps over the wireless network. And yes, I made sure no other devices were in the wireless network.

    Yeah, it is that bad.

    Going to re hook up my old Extreame.

    $400 paperweight.

    21 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No Vlan tagging support

    • Written by from Pinetop

    My provider for optic fibre internet in Malaysia only uses vlan tagging . Could apple come up with a solution for this incompatibility ? ATC does not have that feature! Btw my providers are Unifi & Maxis, and I hate bridging the ATC to my current router...

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk

    • Written by from Brisbane

    I spent 6 hours trying to get this to work. Connected minimum cables to keep it simple. Power on and get solid amber as per book. Then it goes to flashing amber and stays there, no green light that indicates I can go to setup utility. Modem is working, existing wifi is working. This second time that Apples "simple setup" is not so simple. Will try again later today, then it's back to Apple Shop for a replacement or refund. There are cheaper alternatives for faster wifi but not so pretty.

    23 of 52 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    massive waste of money

    • Written by from TAMARIN

    I recently got the 3TB APTC. It was very easy to set up and works well as a router, however its a COMPLETE FAIL as a hard drive which is the the selling point (price) of the device. It constantly looses wireless connection with my early 2013 Macbook Pro, which in turn means I can't back up anything.. Through reading posts, it seems to be a Mavericks problem, but Mavericks has been out for months now and this problem should have been resolved by now!!
    To top it all off, to create a wired connection to my mac I now need to buy a ethernet-thunderbolt connection from apple, because my macbook deosnt have ethernet and the APTC doesn't have Thunderbolt.. really annoyed!!
    Don't buy until apple resoles this issue..

    56 of 79 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Hopeless

    • Written by from Brighton

    Works well as a router but hopelessly slow as a backup. 6 hours for 2GB. It's a bug but I'm not prepared to wait for a fix. This has to go back. far too expensive just for an Airport Extreme with an unusable hard drive. Meant to give zero stars but that's not an option.

    11 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    not high speed intermittent access - spins down too soon

    • Written by from Ringoes

    the signal strength is improved over the previous model, but the "power save" feature means a 5 second delay every time I go back to the network.
    my morning workflow I grab a file, work on it about 2 mins, then save and grab the next one. the disk spins down in between. aargh !

    10 of 13 people found this useful