• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Died after a year, just after warranty expired

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I should have learnt my lesson with my first time capsule in grad school which was finicky and crashed once every 4-5 months. It lasted me through 4 years before dying, so when I got a new job, I conveniently forgot how terrible the device was in light of automatic backups.

    However I'm really annoyed that just shy of 12 months, the device crashed and no matter how much I reset it, it won't even show up on my computer. $300 wasted!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    • Written by from Statesboro

    This is a great product. The ad wireless is faster, but my network provider is slow so I can't fully enjoy it. N wifi is also noticbly faster though. It is good for backing up your mac but I wish you could handle the backups easier because time machine sometimes gets confusing. Otherwise, I would recommend this product highly.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Guy, but Forced to Return it

    • Written by from Henrico

    I love Apple products but I was forced to return it. I honestly rather have the Time Capsule than what I was forced to get because in theory it should work better like most of my experience with Apple. I started with the Time Capsule. It was great initially then the internet crawls after about a day of use. I reset it and within minutes it crawls again. Netflix streaming is impossible. Time Machine backups are painfully slow but my main problem was unreliability. I have 105mps internet with comcast. I could do a speed test and pull in 120mps but yet if I try to load apple.com it lags for literally minutes. I use to work in the Apple store in college and I know my way around osx so I went to the wifi diagnostics tool. The Time Capsule was set to automatic with the same SSID for the 2.4 and 5ghz band but the firmware chose a crowded channel, channel 6 on the 2.4ghz band. I chose channel 3 even though my MacBook Pro was still connecting to 5ghz to see if that would help. It did but only temporarily. At 1st I thought it was my ISP but then I tried my old Netgear router and walla my Apple TV could stream Netflix again. I must have got a lemon I thought so I returned it and got the AirPort Extreme instead. The Time Machine backups were just too slow for me to justify staying with it when I could just connect an external drive to the extreme. So brand new Extreme, guess what happens? Same exact experience! I get on the Apple forums and numerous people are complaining of the same issues. I go to the Apple Genius Bar and they've seen this before but suggest I try another one. After 2 I give up! I ended up getting the Netgear Nighthawk router. It isn't as elegant as Apple's but it's fast and reliable. Also it has USB 3 unlike the USB 2 on Apple's so I actually have faster Time Machine backups. It's been a month and internet hasn't dropped speed once so I know it's not the ISP. Apple please let me know when this is fixed. One of your most loyal fans!

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router I've ever owned!

    • Written by from Edwardsburg

    After owning several Linksys routers over the last 15 years and seeing the reliability get worse, I decided to change directions and purchased the AirPort Time Capsule 2TB. Not only was I surprised to experience completely smooth Time Machine backups, but the strength of the the Wi-Fi signal was absolutely amazing! I couldn't recommend this product more highly.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Ease of set up

    • Written by from NEVADA CITY

    After plugging in the cables the Amber light flashed and the book instruction said go to page 18. I followed the instruction and in a minute it was working. Then the utility lead me through setting a password and I was done except for installing the password in my iphone and iPad. I had envisioned an afternoon of frustration. Even Time Machine started working after I designated Time Capsule as the disk to use. It hadn't worked for three weeks.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It does what it says

    • Written by from Leeds

    I would recommend to anyone. Easy to set up and just works well for what it is made for! I have had a Time Capsule for some time now and it's worth it to us Apple users

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great... while it still works!

    • Written by from MARYLAND

    I've had two Time Capsules over the past two and a half years, BOTH died what I consider a premature death. Now that warranty is up the Apple Store at Charlestown told me (in really nice words) p off or buy yet another one.. I've decided to use a generic external hard drive for my backups (for $75 I can buy a 1TB external hard drive, AND most likely it will last longer!). In the meanwhile I've got a really nice looking (but very expensive) white doorstop. Not impressed.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router in general but with the extra storage, Backup savior.

    • Written by from Shelter Island

    Title says it all. When I first purchased it it came with a dead Ethernet port on the back. Didn't really need it but I wanted to get it fixed. Months went by and scheduled an appointment at an Apple store near by and they gave me a whole new one. Was out in 5 minuets. Couldn't of had better service.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best I've ever had.

    • Written by from kansas city

    Works perfectly.
    Great signal range and quality.
    I no longer had to worry about backups...

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Top of the line!

    • Written by from Bridgeview

    Went into my local electronics store looking for a new router. I went over to the shelf and picked up a high-end wireless router ($300) Walked over to look at the apple stuff. Started talking to the Apple attended on staff at the store. He informed me that Apple also has a wireless router that is easier to set up And very user-friendly with AC technology ( The latest Wireless Technology) . I certainly did not know this! ( Apple needs to advertise this more) I also was informed for the same manufacturers price of other high-end wireless router! Apple offers a high-end wireless router with a 2 TB hard drive for back ups. I was very interested in this because we own two MacBook Pros with retina display. I purchased the Apple airport time capsule took it home to set it up. The set up was so very easy! From unboxing the airport Time capsule to completion was only 7 minutes! I was totally blown away with the AC Wi-Fi range! I'm getting double the wi-Fi distance that I was used to!! Thank You Apple for simplifying our lives! Keep up the great work!!

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not really good enough

    • Written by from Beccles

    I gave this three stars but it really should be two, this works as a time capsule straight from the box, but thats it, as a wireless setup, its not very good, if Im not in the same room I cant get enough signal for my Mac Book Pro to pick it up, i wanted to use it to store all my music and photos but haven't discovered how to do that yet, it will mean I will have to be in the same room to do anything with them when I do. The Apple shop in Norwich told me I have to remove the BT router when using this but they don't know what they are talking about, it has to be wired in after the router or you don't get any internet!!

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 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.

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speed and functionality however decreased range

    • Written by from North Adelaide

    I bought the ATC mainly for the additional backup and was pleased to see that it boasts good range, speed along with the 2tb of available backup. Works great have been able to access TC with all machines and the wireless speed is up on my previous router however we live in a double brick apartment and the range compared to my old Dlink DIR618 is questionable. I have needed to add an AP Express as an extender so we are able to get access in the bedrooms of the apartment.

    Overall great product but disappointed that the range is not up to what is advertised.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Haven't had a problem yet.

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    Everything has worked great for me so far and I've had it for about a year. The backups work and the router works.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    More Apple magic!

    • Written by from Streatley-on-Thames

    Arrived next day and took all of 20 minutes to install as the new network hub with the Airport Extreme and Express units daisy-chained.
    Did a full Time Machine backup in 8 hours - silently! (my previous ext hard-drive was very noisy). A great pice of kit.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent thus far.

    • Written by from Newport

    I bought an AirPort Extreme which I could not get to work properly, I returned it and had an Apple Store set this up for me and it has so far worked faultlessly.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    That's 2 days of my life I won't get back

    • Written by from Sheffield

    Awful product. Great idea in principal however in practice dreadful. After 3 hours struggling to get my mac to find the drive it finally started the initial back up. Next morning all appeared well however after a quick check through the back up list only 1 further successful back up had been done. Set it to back up and it started. After 10 minutes it stopped as it. "Couldn't find the disk". Tried resetting, restoring, erasing all to no joy. Airport started telling me that the drive needed repair however after not being able to find any way to do this I erased the drive and started again only then for the drive to completely disappear of my list in finder.

    There are a number of 4/5 star reviews and it appears that these things either work or they don't. Personally I'm glad it failed before I had anything important on it. I'm going back to my manual back ups with a local USB drive. Far more reliable and recoverable should the worse happen and it fail.

    Cracking Apple idea but either poor implementation or poor components. Really not worth the hassle or expense. There are far cheaper and more reliable alternatives out there.

    Mine has gone back to the shop for a refund.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Slower than slow

    • Written by from Rockwall

    This thing crawls at a snails pace - internet is filled with slow comments

    13 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Time Capsule great for WIFI......

    • Written by from Winchester

    I bought this to improve my WIFI and my god its amazing............. 5 mins out the box I did a speed test and got 123mb/sec (my service is 120) so very very impressed, got 99 from iphone 5 and about 135 from my ipad air.

    In terms of a back up solution not at all what I expected but probably my own fault for not checking it out properly.

    I wanted something where I could literally just send a photo from iphone straight to the storage device so a bit like AirDrop, but sadly it doesnt do this.

    In summary I would buy just the Airport Extreme instead of the time capsule

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well so far

    • Written by from Brownstown

    Fast = yes
    Easy = yes
    Can it host files like a NAS = yes
    To set this up you just have to log onto the router from each Mac computer

    What would make this better? = convenient local sync like a personal cloud such as drop box or sugar sync

    I'm still working on how to network attach a USB printer...

    4 of 4 people found this useful