• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Time Capsule Crash

    • Written by from Mount Pleasant

    I've had my Time Capsule for a little over three years now, and although it was relatively easy to set up and performed well for a while, it just crashed without warning. It has not been overworked as it just sat in the same location in my house for the entire time I've had it, but it has completely crashed. The amber light now shows constantly and it cannot be rebooted (soft or hard). I went on the forums and see that others have had the same problem and indicated that the hard drive on it is fried. So any of the data that I had backed up on the machine is also now lost forever. Given how ridiculously expensive the extended warranties are from apple (might as well just buy two units), I didn't opt for one at purchase. I would have expected better from an Apple product.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable. Slow.

    • Written by from Fort Lee

    Small wired and wireless environment of 8 desktops (iMacs ands Mac Minis) and 8 laptops (MacBook Pros and Macbook Airs). Clean reliable AC power to all computers and devices backed up by a huge battery bank.
    Apple TimeCapsule requires frequent reboots. Gets warm.
    Made some improvements.
    Cooler environment.
    Used a external WiFi, turned off internal WiFi.
    Attached a external HDD. Did not use internal HDD.
    Used a external router for network and Internet traffic.
    Still required rebooting due to it not being recognized at times.
    The storage is never visible outside the local LAN. Even DMZing the device failed to make it discoverable from outside the LAN. Gave up on that feature.
    No local encryption feature.

    Conclusion:
    Not fit for a business environment, too slow, too unreliable, not secure.
    A Mac Mini server would be better at all those things, however much more expensive and the WiFi antenna is poor.
    To setup a workable Time Machine for a Apple environment is a bit messy and expensive.
    No solution for Macs yet for easy, fast and reliable backups.

    7 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good for seamless backup, wifi signal does not improve noticeably.

    • Written by from Huddersfield

    This 2TB Time Capsule is not cheap. The reviews mention it improves the signal considerably throughout the house.
    This does not happen in my experience. If your ISP broadband download speed is poor or maximum that is achievable in your area, then Time Capsule is not going to help.

    4 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Disappointed since I am a huge Apple fan

    • Written by from Old Bridge

    I was very excited and to make this purchase. I thought that this would be another perfect purchase to add to my Apple world here at home.
    I brought it home, hooked it up, set it all up, and I was excited to see how quick and easy that process was. I would say I was up and running within 20 minutes.
    I went into my family room and turned on the TV. Turned on my Apple TV and rented a movie. Too my surprise I saw major streaming issues. I thought maybe I had forgotten a step in the process, so I set it up one more time. Returned to the TV and again the streaming was less than par. I thought maybe my service provider was having an issue, but when I re-set up my old router (NetGear R6300) once again. Went to the TV room and started to watch the movie, it was perfect. I then concluded that Apple is good with the devices, but maybe needs work in the networking arena. I now have the most expensive paper weight I have ever purchased.

    Apple do yourself a favor, do not develop the Microsoft mentality, rush it to market and fix it later. There is a reason I switched from that world to yours.

    21 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No USB 3.0

    • Written by from toledo

    Given the current state of technology and the price of this device, to not include a USB 3.0 port is absurd.

    29 of 38 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Packaging Stinks

    • Written by from Mechanicsville

    I haven't used the product as designed but I wil say the design of the package is conducive to dropping the unit when opening. Even after i knew the limitations, I still had issues and almost dropped it after placing it back in the package until i was ready to use the product.

    6 of 53 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Very Impressed... Slow to Backup on Snow Leopard

    • Written by from Beavercreek

    I spent the extra $100 to get the latest and now wish I went with the older (and cheaper) tried and true. Setup was ok, although confusing at times particulary when a screen shared auto configuration with blanks for manual settings and no clear header saying those blanks were for manual configuration. The instructions on that screen also read more like they were written for a computer programmer rather than an end user. That all being said, the real disappointment is the slow, slow, slow backup speed So far it's taken 2 hours to backup 75GB. And it seems to take 2-5 minutes to startup. What's with that? The Apple rep told me this was the latest and greatest and it is the future, but honestly it's at least five times slower than what it's replacing. Maybe it will get better after the first backup, I don't know, but right out of the box it's a disappointment for backup. The Wi-Fi seems to work good, but that's not really the main reason why I bought it. Remember, Time Machine backs up every hour and at that slow speed it's going to be running into itself If I add more than 40GB of data.

    15 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not made for saving Adobe CS files... (?)

    • Written by from Ste-Adele

    I Bought the airport TC 2TB to use as an external hard drive and a router... The Router part of it works just fine! The External Hard Drive part of it is not as great if you work on Adobe Creative Suite. Can't save Photoshop or Illustrator files without crashing... an unknown problem that feeds threads on the forums. If you use as Back up with Time Machine... then buy it, if you plan on working on it, saving files, especially if you do Graphic Design, it just doesn't do it! - I tried calling Apple, checking with Adobe... no one seems to have the solution. The 2 stars is for the Router part. I returned the item since it was no use for me.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs Much Improvement

    • Written by from Van Nuys

    I Love All of my Apple products, and figured this would be a great tech piece to compliment the efficiency of all my devices. I was wrong, and returned this product within a week. It's not as user friendly as advertised, and the time capsule feature was difficult to access, while the information that was backed up was also only accessible via my MacPro and not my iPad or iPhone. There are better combinations of products to get from Apple meanwhile. The Airport Extreme shall suffice just fine for any WiFi speedster, since the wireless signal is strong and fairly fast, but I'd wait until the next release of this product since there will most likely be big software and other UI improvements.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Odd Form Factor

    • Written by from Lafayette

    Sure, it looks cool, but the 3.8 inch square will not fit in a standard 3.5 inch deep structured wiring enclosure like On-Q Legrand or Leviton. I guess Apple think that most people proudly display their routers on their desks or mantles.

    8 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool, when it works

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Bought this device shortly after release. When it works, it's cool. But, most of the time I am dealing with connection drops and devices no longer seeing the Time Capsule. Sometimes I will lose internet connectivity, despite being still connected to the wireless. Only fix is to turn wireless on/off. Other times, I will lose my connection to the wireless network entirely. Very close to returning this unless a fix comes out in the very near future.

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Connectivity issues.

    • Written by from Chicago

    After 5 years it was time to upgrade the old Time Machine. The speed on the 11ac version is great. But it is constantly losing connection. I bought one TC, and it was dropping connection with my iphone or ipad all the time. I had to powerdown and power back up (or toggle airplane more) almost constantly. Then, when my macbook tried to run a time machine backup, it gets interrupted every time since it can't hold the signal.

    I returned the initial unit (past the 14 days, but I think the store told employees to take them). I really like the idea of the new TC so I just got a new one on the spot. Its having the same issues. Very frustrating. I'm not giving up, and I'm hopeful that its just a software issue. But I really wish apple would hurry up and come up with a remedy.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow copies

    • Written by from Denver

    Time capsule might sound awesome, but let me tell you: it is not fast copying to it. At all. Copying GBs of stuff to it or from it takes hours and hours. Brand new MacBook Air and time capsule and copying files to and from the capsule is the slowest thing I've ever seen. It's a lot like downloading a Cyndi Crawford picture in 1985 using a 300 baud modem.

    I love the router part, always have used airport base stations. This is my first try with a time capsule and it is ridiculous. Even the computer trying to time machine to it is insane. Maybe I've been spoiled with my Mac Pro time machining to an internal hard drive. I'll probably just continue using time machine with a USB hdd.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless for disk storage

    • Written by from Saddle Brook

    The disk is EXTREMELY slow. Maximum speed I was able to get from it is 30 megabytes per second sustained write over 1Gb ethernet connection. To transfer 2 terabytes of data with this speed would take about 18 hours (assuming the entire 2 terabytes of data are one huge file). In reality, for Time Machine backups, the speeds are measured in megabytes per second, so to backup 200 gigabytes of data to it, assuming average speed of 5 megabytes per second (which is VERY optimistic estimate, when thousands of files need to be transferred) would take about 11 hours.

    So my suggestion is to avoid this Time Capsule and go for the basic Extreme base station (which is exactly the same device sans the disk), and use an external hard drive (which you, when needed, can simply connect directly to your Mac). Not to mention that if you decide to upgrade the next time Apple releases a new version of Time Capsule - you'd have to transfer the 2 (or 3) terabytes of data from one slow device to another, whereas if you just use an external USB drive - you can simply connect it to the new base station.

    109 of 143 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost, but not quite.

    • Written by from London

    Don't get me wrong this is a great Time Capsule, however I think Apple has let us down. Wireless is great for day to day backing up, though initial backups and full restores tend to be so much quicker using a cable. Sometimes we just don't have hours to leave a MacBook at home doing a full restore or back up using wireless. Every new Mac comes with Apple's own Thunderbolt drive; infact there is now Thunderbolt 2. So why would they not include it in their new Time Capsule for those occasions when we want to do it a little faster?
    What a let down that there is no Thunder Bold.

    33 of 56 people found this useful