• 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.

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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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  • 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.....

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use

    • Written by from Great Ayton

    Easy to set-up out of the box, bearing in mind you'll need your username and password related to your ISP account to hand. Very straightforward to get Time Machine set-up for multiple accounts and machines, and the back-ups were pretty fast too. It's an expensive buy, but seems worth it for the kit you're getting, a good base station plus spacious hard drive, and piece of mind that everything is being regularly backed-up (and with Power Nap this is made even easier, happening over WiFi whilst the computer's in Sleep mode, if plugged into a power adaptor).

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product but beware of awful packaging, falling time capsules....

    • Written by from CHIPPENHAM

    This new version of the Time Capsule is an excellent refresh of the Time Capsule lineup and replaces the previous Time Capsule I bought 6 months ago as I want the ac wireless and improved range. This TC has a much smaller footprint on my desk and it's wireless range is greatly improved. The ease of setting this TC up means a 5 year old could probably do this. The automatic backups give great peace of mind too. If you have a lot of data or like to backup your mac regularly then i recommend you buy this. You won’t regret it. Sure it’s not cheap, but it does the job like no other backup drive/system.

    CAUTION: IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO BUYING THIS....WHEN IT ARRIVES, MAKE SURE THAT YOU OPEN THE TIME CAPSULE BOX ON A BED OR A SIMILARLY CUSHIONED SURFACE. YOUR TIME CAPSULE WILL MOST LIKELY FALL OUT OF THE BOX AND ONTO THE SURFACE UNDERNEATH AS MINE DID....

    Luckily I had read a previous review and I was still very careful, however when I opened mine over the bed it still fell out of the box. If I had not read this review I would most likely have opened it on my desk as I do most of my purchases and I would now have a dented/chipped/damaged time capsule. And Apple one severely annoyed customer…

    APPLE - YOU REALLY HAVE TO IMPROVE ON THE PACKAGING FOR THIS PRODUCT and I'm deducting a whole 1 star just because of the LAME-ASS packaging. It really is awful and detracts from what should be and for the whole is a very easy and stress-free setup. I've used other backup drives and this is the best. Don't let some shoddy packaging ruin it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 2 Connectivity ?

    • Written by from North Harrow

    Plus points: easy to set up and looks very good.
    Negatives: USB 2. why not USB 3 or, even better, thunderbolt.

    I bought this to consolidate my movie and TV collections, which are spread amongst various hard drives at present. Im sure it will work ok but the time to transfer 1TB of data is coming up as 2 days (hard wired)

    30 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Experience

    • Written by from Chicago

    Apple has done a great job integrating a backup system (Time Capsule) & AirPort Extreme WiFi into a high performance unit. I owned the older 5th generation Airport Extreme but it's signal was weak in some areas of my apartment. With this latest design having the antennas 6" off the base, it does appear to produce a much stronger signal allowing me to use my iPad, MacPro & iPhone even on my front porch.

    The Time Capsule is pretty much quiet and not even thought about. I do check in on the progress when it's backing up but things look good with no complaints so far.

    Can't wait until I get the new iPhone 5S to use the new 802.11ac speed this model offers offering wifi speeds up to 3 times faster. This model will carry me through the next few generations of Apple products I'll be getting in the future.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect except the packaging. HOLD FROM THE BOTTOM

    • Written by from Pennington

    Its amazing the amount of effort that goes into the packaging design of the product. Its so well done, but I have a bone to pick. I opened it at work, showed it to colleagues and put it back in the box. When I got home, and was grabbing my bag and a couple of other things with the time capsule it dropped out of the box within hours of receiving it. Its top heavy and you have to hold the box from the bottom. It got scuffed up and I had to push the bottom black piece in, but it works. Just annoyed.

    Otherwise the device is great. Much improved wireless, and time machine works great. Easy to setup share and well worth the money.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worthy upgrade but flawed packaging

    • Written by from RICHMOND

    This is a very well-designed Wi-Fi router and backup device that is extremely easy to set up and to configure both on Macs and Windows. Via the included app, it basically sets itself up automatically after you input your desired Wi-Fi network name and password. There are of course also advanced options which you may set manually if you desire to.

    This Time Capsule performs better than the prior version, even without 801.11ac devices in the network. With 802.11ac devices, it will be even faster.

    This contains more antennas inside the device than prior versions and also incorporates beamforming for faster wifi. The antennas sit higher and off the table top in the device which aids performance as well. When using my wifi network, things are noticeably more speedy than before.

    The design and foot print is also an improvement. It takes up less space on your desk or shelf since it has a smaller footprint, even though it's taller. And, I like the look of it better than prior versions as well.

    I also really like the fact that the built in hard drive can backup more than one computer on the Wi-Fi network, and it does this wirelessly (or wired). Now all the computers in my household can always be backed up with ease!

    Note - Time Capsule has a small fan that constantly spins (even when the internal hard drive is not running) the AirPort Extreme does as well. The fan is not at all loud but is noticeable if you listen close, or the room is very quiet. I wonder if it will get any louder in the long term.

    Another thing to note is the AirPort Extreme can backup wirelessly to an external hard drive plugged in to it and also print to a USB printer as well if you use a USB hub. In other words, you may prefer to get the Airport Extreme instead if you already have an external hard drive. This may save you some money.

    A note about the product box: be very careful opening the box, if you have it at an angle while pulling the lid off, the device will fall out and could be damaged. Also, after unboxing it, you cannot replace the base of the box because it will get stuck inside the box and be very difficult to remove after that. I recommend you put the base in sideways if you want to store the box. You will see what I mean after you get this item.

    In summary, Apple has another winner in this latest version of the Time Capsule! This is a worthy upgrade from prior versions, even if you don't yet have any 802.11ac devices since it also works with 802.11a/b/g and n devices, and you will be ready for any future 802.11ac device that you may get, which is the new standard.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice looking, fast wifi.

    • Written by from Wantirna South

    Same size as the Apple TV, so you can stack them, fast wifi, but still USB 2.

    2 of 3 people found this useful