• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pure Frustration

    • Written by from Berea

    Own the previous version of Airport Extreme - very happy with that product - no issues with being disconnected and speed was great. Thought we would 'upgrade' and go with the Time Capsule version to utilize Time Machine and do away with the USB backups. First one disconnected more often than it stayed connected. Exchanged that one and while we stay connected now with the second, the Time Machine backups are unbelievably slow - 3hrs. to backup 115MB ... that's right MB. Support had us reboot the Airport and that solved the issue until the next day when we had to reboot again and ditto for the following day. Sad to say I don't think this is ready for prime time. Too unreliable and while the work-arounds are good - not what we paid $300 for. It's going back and we'll wait for the beta testing to end. Borderline complete garbage.

    102 of 113 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Just got my new Time Capsule

    • Written by from Homestead

    I outgrew my old Time Capsule so time for a new one. I bought the 2GB version and overall the set up was in true Apple style, dummy proof. Things were up and running in a matter of minutes. What I don't like is that it does not provide any configuration settings that will allow you to monitor internet traffic. Great router, very strong signals throughout the house. If it had some advance settings I'd be more generous with my ratings.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not offer advanced settings such as SNMP Config...

    • Written by from LISMORE

    Product works well enough, but does not provide advance settings which is a problem if you want to use a tool like NetUse to monitor your routers internet traffic. I know that I can revert back to using Airport Utility 5.6 to be able to config SNMP but shouldn't have to. Re-introduce advanced configuration settings to this product and I will happily give it 5 stars.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited feature set for router

    • Written by from Durham

    I have owned the time capsule for at least a couple months now. The range and signal are fantastic all over the house and out in the yard. I have one PC and one Mac backing up to it, including the use of an external USB HDD.

    The negatives are around the lack of domain and port filtering. Every router I've had previously has had some capability to white- or black-list domains or block specific ports (e.g. XBox). I've partially solved that problem with OpenDNS.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great reputation, great performance!

    • Written by from East Burke

    I had an Airport base station and had no complaints at all, when I saw this one coming out I told to myself, I want one! Do I need one? Maybe not... However, having the combo of an Airport station and Time Machine was the big upgrade for me.

    Totally recommend this unit, works great and performance is outstanding. Pricy, but I would say it will be years before I have to think about upgrading again!

    Thanks Apple!! Again...
    MR

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Even my Garage has strong signal now!

    • Written by from Aliso Viejo

    I have owned an Apple Time Capsule since 2008. I appreciate the tight integration with Mac's Time Machine backups. This is my 3rd Time Capsule from Apple. It works flawlessly. But what is really amazing with the latest iteration is the strength of the wi-fi signal throughout my 1800 square foot, three level town home. It sits on the top floor. It covers every square inch of my town home with strong signals. But the "coup de gras" was my realization that my iPhone had full wi-fi strength in my garage (even outside of it)! I never had connections in the garage. Overall, this is another great time machine.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keep the Slick Box for Return

    • Written by from Newport

    Apple's boxing and packaging is always slick, which is a good thing in this case since you'll probably be returning the AirPort Time Capsule like I did. This was simply the worst designed router I have ever tried to use. Granted, Apple's buggy AirPort Utility may have had something to do with the problems I experienced (I see they updated it recently after my return was processed), but that just proves that there should be an alternative method to set this router up.

    Initial setup went smoothly, unfortunately, that's were the dumbed down process of using AirPort Utility stopped being useful. It's a router, and no matter how good a router is, from time-to-time, due to circumstances with I.S.P.s and cable modems and such, a router is going to require a "reset." Mine did within 48 hours.

    Why more manufacturers haven't incorporated a simple on/off button on routers is beyond logic, and in the case of the AirPort Time Capsule, the "hard reset" function defies logic. We're expected... with two hands no less... to push the tiny inset "reset" button located low on the back (using a makeshift tool such as a paper clip or pen tip) at the same time as plugging in the tightly fitting power cord, which is also located low on the back, while at the same time monitoring the status light on the front? Well, with two hands tied up, one pushing a button and the other plugging in a cord, we're left with placing the unit front down (covering up the status light) to provide enough back pressure to complete the task. Admittedly, one could devise a work around using a power switch... But why should we have to on a $300 unit!

    Beyond this ridiculous design flaw, once AirPort Utility "forgot" my router... It never "found" it again... And without being able to call it up otherwise similar to other routers (192.168.*.*), I gave up and neatly packed it back inside the box and slapped on the prepaid shipping label. Done.

    81 of 95 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    it's great.

    • Written by from Cambridge

    great range and automatic time machine backups. enough said.

    2 of 4 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!!!

    • Written by from kansas city

    The best ever!!

    1 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far so good...

    • Written by from Toronto

    I wasn't sure if it was going to make much of a difference from my 1st gen time capsule because i have no devices that utilize the newer 802.11ac wifi connections, however I already feel a speed difference and stability increase by quite a bit. I'd say 15% faster on a normal 802.11n.

    So for those looking to simply update there Time capsules, or airport system. I would say yes!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Time Capsule be a WIFI network Extender of AirPort Extreme?

    • Written by from SAN DIEGO

    Will the new Time Capsule extend the WIFI network of an Airport Extreme as it did in the past.
    In an 8000 SQ ft home, II needed 3 routers in the past. Time Capsule was like a middle man with multiple functions. Will this still be true with the newer versions?

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great But....

    • Written by from Glendora

    Everything works but I keep getting randomly dropped and it loses connection. Otherwise it's a great apple product.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Fantastic!

    • Written by from Portland

    Let me make a long story short - I've owned pretty much every brand of wireless router including D-Link, Netgear, and Motorola routers. My latest mistake was opting for a Motorola combo cable modem/WiFi router because it was about $100 cheaper than the AirPort Extreme and included the required cable modem. Boy was that a mistake. I live in a studio apt. with a small concrete wall dividing my bedroom from the living room, and I couldn't get a signal in bed. I resorted to buying a Netgear range extender, but it cut my speeds by about 90% so I finally gave up and just bought the AirPort. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! I now get 5 bars in my room with nearly 60 Mbps speed (on a 60 Mbps connection), and I couldn't be happier. This router is worth it's weight in gold. Save yourself a LOT of headaches with the other brands and get yourself one of these bad-boys now!

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router. The Best Yet!

    • Written by from Phoenixville

    I can't tell you how many high end routers I have had over the years (including other Airport models). This one I just tested and love it. It took only 2 minutes to set up. The key though is the range and throughput which are both better than any other router I have tried. Look, there are some people that say the wireless backup and access is a tad slow. That is true but it is wireless folks. If you are looking for the quickest speed for a extra drive go buy a WD raptor and plug it in to your computer via USB. I find the access time acceptable. If you are using it for Time Machine backups like me, it works in the background so you don't even know if it is fast or slow. Finally Apple designed and created a AirPort product up to the high build quality and performance of all their other products!

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router and Backup Device

    • Written by from Valencia

    I got this to go along with my Mid-2013 Macbook Air, and coming from using a Linksys E3000 router, this thing works great! Setup is super super easy using the airport utility, and its really nice to be able to set up a guest network. The speed and range is a lot better than my previous router and it is also easy to get to the storage device and my usb attached drive as well! I think the design is well put together as well. My time machine backups through wifi didnt take that long to back up 32 GB of space i was using in the air.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea... but still in it's beta stage

    • Written by from Sunnyvale

    I had a Airport Time Capsule for about two weeks, I was able to perform a time machine backup, however, the box got overheated and 12 days later, by whole backup was gone... Not to mention, almost every 2nd day need a reboot, otherwise my MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, apple TV, and a Android phone, loose internet connection (although there's WIFI connection). I revert back to my old ASUS AP, no issues in the past and for sure no issues anytime soon.
    Pros: Easy to setup
    Cons: Super high price for a product which have not been tested, lack of knowledge from Apple Support. DON'T COUNT ON THE BACKUP.... Backup doesn't exist, since in 10 days, the whole backup is gone and disk claimed to be reformatted.
    Apple support guys said this happens because of repeated powercycles... that's BS... so if there's a power outage, my backup is gone??? This is the reason why I give only one star!

    121 of 146 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Useful as a wireless router.

    • Written by from Cambridge

    The 5GHz wireless performance of this model is considerably improved over prior models. A minor complaint is that the orientation of the ethernet sockets should have been rotated by 90 degrees. It is rather difficult to disengage the clip that locks the ethernet plugs in place. Access to the internal disk drive is very slow and its usefulness as network attached storage is limited. It took about a minute to transfer 1GB to the time capsule using a wired connection. This is a rate of about 16MB/second.

    14 of 19 people found this useful