What is the maximum speed of time capsule? and do i like pay monthly for the internet or what?

  • Asked by Kakarot C from Perth
  • 6-Oct-2009
QA Apple Time Capsule

QA Apple Time Capsule

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2 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    There are two speeds to be concerned with: (1) the wireless networking speed that impacts how computers attach to this device, and (2) the speed related to how this box connects to the Internet.

    Wireless networking speed is governed by 802.11n (or "a" or "b" or "g"). It depends on what your laptop uses. This box supports all of them, with speeds of up to 160Mb/s, depending on distance between devices and obstacles in the way.

    Internet networking speed ("WAN") of this box uses a 1-Gigabit Ethernet ("Gb") port. That's faster than anything that your Internet Service Provider provides, so there's no worry there.

    You attach this box to your cable modem, for example, so this box won't increase your monthly payment beyond what you already pay for Internet service.

    note: if your laptop is not 802.11n, doing a time machine backup will be slow. I personally found doing backups over 802.11g too slow for my tastes.

    • Answered by Bill B from Campbell
    • 7-Oct-2009
  • Quote:
    'Internet networking speed ("WAN") of this box uses a 1-Gigabit Ethernet ("Gb") port. That's faster than anything that your Internet Service Provider provides, so there's no worry there.'

    ...erm yes, in the West. However in the Far-East, say South Korea, they get 1-gigabit (1000-megabit) INTERNET speeds through their ISP's (for a mere £15.00/month too). Compare that with 50mbps we get for 2-3x that price, great hey (we've out of date infrastructure that needs paying for, so tough luck for us).

    Not that impressive when you realise this now, is it. With a terabyte taking HOURS/DAYS to update even through these ports, and longer via N-speed WLAN router access.

    However the Time Capsule *IS* very good compared with the competition, so yes worth buying, if like all Apple, rather pricy for what it is.

    • Answered by James S
    • 11-Oct-2009