• 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

  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Unexpectedly Amazed

    • Written by from RENO

    Noticeably faster speeds on all devices, none of which are .ac. The only surprise is the software interface needs to be rebooted to see changes such as new devices just joining the network.

    Made it hard to rejoin a speakers-enabled Express since I thought the program would update it's presence on the fly. Only when I closed the program and reopened it did it see the remote base station after painstakingly resetting it several times. Otherwise, very, very pleased. The addition of a guest network was a pleasant surprise. The packaging is the best yet from Apple, and that's saying a lot.

    3 of 3 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.

    112 of 146 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product. Terrible packaging. Beware!

    • Written by from MOOLOOLABA

    BEWARE! When unboxing this unit there is a very high chance of dropping it.

    The top outer box does not slide off easily so two hands will be required to pull the box apart. Unfortunately there is no supporting packaging around the capsule so with one hand holding the top box and one holding the bottom box the unit just falls out to the floor.

    For all the stunning packaging Apple has for other products its amazing they let this one through.

    Once running (hopefully not damaged) this product is a dream to set up and its range is fantastic. Very quiet and a great small footprint. Highly recommend just be careful opening.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The coolest Time Capsule yet!... No, really, it's "cool"!

    • Written by from Pike Road

    I owned a 500GB Time Capsule, which most of the time was as hot as my 1st Gen Apple TV, not to mention the hot footprint that the unit leaves. This new Time Capsule not only has a significantly smaller footprint when compared to older models, but even after performing an initial backup of 500GB the unit and surrounding area is cool to the touch!

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    easy set up but not perfect

    • Written by from San Diego

    i had netgear extreme router before and decided to switch to airport as i'm slowing moving from pc to mac. set up was easy and worked within minutes. the range of wifi, however, is the about same as my previous netgear. i noticed wifi signal strength varies even when i stay at one spot.
    i was hoping for better range and stronger signals but that didn't happen.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    OMG! I love this thing!

    • Written by from Plano

    I bought the time capsule expecting maybe a slight increase in my wifi speeds and range. After the quick setup with my Verizon fios modem, I noticed that I was consistently getting twice the speeds on wifi through out my home.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Upgrade!

    • Written by from Orlando

    Had an old timecapsule and it worked pretty well for 5 years or so... This new one has nearly double the speed and range. Highly recommend! Definitely worth the money... pending it lasts for a long time of course.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow, No need to extend anymore

    • Written by from New Castle

    Setup & Enjoy :)

    3 of 7 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Time Capsule and Air Port Base

    • Written by from Austin

    The main purpose for this purchase was the better distance antenna. It impressed me, I'm so happy Apple makes great products that just work. The migration from my old Time Capsule was seamless and fast and intuitive. Definitely recommend, I can be out at pool in the back yard with great connection and speed.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Better range, but drops clients

    • Written by from Sausalito

    This new TC definitely has better range and wifi performance, even in the 2.4GHz band.

    However, it drops inactive clients after some time period. If I don't use my iPad overnight, in the morning it shows a strong wifi signal, but the TC doesn't show it as a client (verified by checking with Airport Utility on Mac).

    I have to cycle the wifi on/off on the iPad to reestablish a connection.

    52 of 63 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Router even for my kids Dell

    • Written by from MESA

    Best Signal i have had in my house so far even at my kids Dell tried all other routers trust me ( purchased a new MacAir reason i got this router since supports this new wifi band ... ohh and it flies with this router ) best $299 spent

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This is the one to get.

    • Written by from Green Valley

    Replaced previous (too small) external hard drive and Airport Extreme with this unit.

    Airport (WiFi) function superior to previous Airport Extreme...which is saying a lot because the Airport Extreme is a REALLY good router. Had to mess a bit with Airport Express device used for network extender but actually easy once I resolved my ignorance via Apple phone support...took minutes.

    Hard drives in the Time Capsule are neither fast nor slow...about average. However, the actual function is totally smooth, noiseless, brainless, and automatic. Thing just sits there and works. Excellent product. Would have given five stars if faster drives....small deal given the intended function.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router I ever had

    • Written by from Cary

    It took 10 minutes to make it work (including unpacking, plugging and typing in passwords for new network from my iPad). Network speed is amazing: both on WiFi and gigabit LAN ports. Internal disks are mapped as network shares so you can easily access from any mac/*nix/windows machines.
    The only minor issue I've met: plastic legs at the bottom are sliding on my table so I have to place the device in secured position to avoid accidental drop.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent but not perfect

    • Written by from Makkah

    the device is excellent, i have tested with my new macbook air with ac wifi. the back up speed is amazingly fast, even faster than USB external drives.
    the issue is that you can not access the file from the net. so i need to buy another WD book live duo only for the net access to the photo and movie files that i have.
    apple should really consider the net access to the files

    11 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Be careful when you open the box

    • Written by from Kanata

    The unit is sitting on a very shallow base. When I slide the top off, it fell off from the base because there is nothing to hold it. Testing the HDD now.

    This has to be the worst designed packaging from apple.

    Other than that, it works fine.

    47 of 66 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Upgrade!

    • Written by from Jamestown

    Originally I had the older model of time capsule. This upgrade was certainly satisfying! Set-up is easy, automatically backs up my computer and the internet is much faster!

    17 of 18 people found this useful