Automatic wireless backup.
AirPort Time Capsule includes a 2TB or 3TB hard drive that works with Time Machine in OS X to create the perfect no-hassle backup solution.1 There are no cables, and you can back up all the Mac computers in your home to a central location — automatically, wirelessly, and in the background.
Ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
With 802.11ac technology and a powerful beamforming antenna array, AirPort Time Capsule gives you up to 3x faster Wi-Fi and a stronger, clearer signal.2 And because it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time, your wireless devices will automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest performance possible.
Designed with performance in mind.
With the antennas at the top of the elevated design, AirPort Time Capsule now has a higher platform for dispersing the signal. We also increased the number of antennas. There are now six of them — three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. Together with 802.11ac technology, they let you connect faster, farther, and with more power than ever before.
Easy setup for iOS and OS X.
Connect your DSL or cable modem to AirPort Time Capsule and use the built-in setup assistant to create your new wireless network in just a few taps from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. If you’re using a Mac, use the built-in AirPort Utility. Setup is just as fast and just as easy.
Share your hard drive or printer.
AirPort Time Capsule can turn any external USB hard drive into a secure drive you can share across your Wi-Fi network. So all the documents, videos, photos and other files instantly become available to anyone, Mac and PC users alike. You can even connect a printer and share it wirelessly.
Compatibility and security.
Any Wi-Fi device you have will work with AirPort Time Capsule. That’s because it’s compatible with devices using the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n and 802.11ac specifications. And since AirPort Time Capsule features a built-in firewall that protects your network from malicious Internet attacks, you can enjoy the web with peace of mind.
What's in the Box?
- AirPort Time Capsule
- Printed documentation
- Power lead
Size and Weight
- Height: 168 mm (6.6 inches)
- Width: 98 mm (3.85 inches)
- Depth: 98 mm (3.85 inches)
- Weight: 1.48 kg (3.26 pounds)3
Connections and Expansion
- Gigabit Ethernet WAN port
- Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
- USB 2.0
- Built-in power supply
- IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac2
- Beamforming antenna array
- Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Number of Users
Setup and Administration
- Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and AirPort Utility 6.3
- iOS device with iOS 6 or later and AirPort Utility 1.3
Backup Using Time Machine
- Mac with OS X v10.5.7 or later
Wireless Device Access
- Any Wi-Fi-enabled device that uses the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac specification
Shared Printing with a USB Printer
- Mac with OS X v10.2.7 or later
- PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8
Shared USB Hard Drive
- Mac with OS X v10.4.8 or later
- PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8
Ratings & Reviews
Airport Time Capsule 2TB - Fantastic
Just like a typically apple device I plugged this in and BOOM.. it works.. months of wireless woes resolved in 20 mins..
Good Just like a typically apple device I plugged this in and BOOM.. it works.. months of wireless woes resolved in 20 mins..
Good looking device.. smaller than you might think.. fantastically fast.
Really love it. …
- Written by Mike M from Roade
251 of 288 people found this useful
For a simpler life
I've finally been persuaded to go wireless for backup of my content. This piece of kit worked straight out of the box. It took 20 I've finally been persuaded to go wireless for backup of my content. This piece of kit worked straight out of the box. It took 20 hours to back up my iMac straight via ethernet, and then I relocated it to use its connectivity to hook up other remotely located gear (TV, XBox and Apple TV) to the AirPort which is connected via ethernet to my BT Hub 4 using a TP Link powerline adapter. It's really handy to have a second wifi network and means my iPad works consistently in my bedroom, for example. Internal walls really are pesky for wifi due to inconsistent connection, whereas suspended wooden floors aren't. So I am pleased with it. I guess one day server farm capacity will mean you'll be able to back up your back up as well via the cloud at a reasonable data storage rate. In the meantime the chance of both Mac and Capsule hard drive failing at the same time should be statistically very unlikely. So all in all, for once the rule that every piece of technology designed to make life simpler actually introduces new complexity is not true, so the time capsule gets five stars for doing the job it says it'll do. …
- Written by William O from New Malden
176 of 192 people found this useful
Shared USB external Hard Drive can't be backed up using Time machine
Disappointed that the Shared external USB Hard Drive can't be backed up using Time machine, little backwards here i think especial Disappointed that the Shared external USB Hard Drive can't be backed up using Time machine, little backwards here i think especially at this price point, this was one of the main reasons i bought the Capsule, i foolishly expected this facility. Don't expect Guest network to work in all cases. Appart from that it's ok. …
- Written by D H from Gillingham
195 of 273 people found this useful
Does not do what it is supposed to. If you want to enter a world of slow back ups and be unable to access the data you have saved Does not do what it is supposed to. If you want to enter a world of slow back ups and be unable to access the data you have saved on the time capsule then go ahead and waste £249. It is so slow you cannot access anything on it. Enable as router - not possible unless you are a trained Internet programmer and understand double nat and dhcp. Don't waste your money... …
- Written by Joe M from Norfolk
Have to say that I'm more than a little disappointed with Apple. The expected "plug it in and it just works" was just as expected Have to say that I'm more than a little disappointed with Apple. The expected "plug it in and it just works" was just as expected . . . at first.
My first Time Capsule was plagued with errors and I kept having trouble connecting to the drive until, after a few months, it just died.
I'll not go into the annoyance I had trying to get someone at the Apple Store to just replace the darn thing, or at least send it off for repair - Apple's insistence in booking an appointment (next week) with someone at at the Genius Bar was just going to be a waste of my time. I had to insist on seeing the manager to just get a retail replacement i.e. my consumer rights regarding faulty products. (they wouldn't send it for repair).
So, had the new one for a few months and, whilst time machine does indeed seem to be backing up both of our laptops, I still have great trouble being able to connect to the drive through Finder. Surely this should "just work" like most other Apple product, but it doesn't. I've tried all of the FAQs and Forums without results - therefore I remain disappointed. …
- Written by Colin S from Trowbridge
3 of 3 people found this useful
AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB Fantastic!
Living in a new build three floored house it was hit and miss at times when i would have a wifi signal on the top floor of my hous Living in a new build three floored house it was hit and miss at times when i would have a wifi signal on the top floor of my house, having tried all sorts of bits and bobs to improve the signal i finally dig deep and got one of these. The setup was super quick but had to work out how to turn off the wifi signal from my sky hub took a bit of time.
I decided to try a Airport Extreme to boost it even better and i can now say there is fantastic wifi all over the house.
My biggest criticism would be the price and the 6 hours it took to do a back up but apart from that its all good. …
- Written by Carl S from Faringdon
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
What's the difference between the AirPort Extreme and the AirPort Time Capsule?
- Asked by Price F from Abingdon
- Asked about: AirPort Extreme
The AirPort Extreme is a wireless router. The Time Capsule is a wireless router with a built-in hard The AirPort Extreme is a wireless router. The Time Capsule is a wireless router with a built-in hard disk drive for backup purposes. …
- Answered by Ryan C from Berea
Can I use the airport time capsule to also backup my iPad and iPhone
- Asked by Michael P from Valley Park
I believe the correct answer is No, though it's not stated directly anywhere. Ideally, you would wan I believe the correct answer is No, though it's not stated directly anywhere. Ideally, you would want to use this product to backup your iPhone and iPad over WiFi so that you didn't need to use iCloud, but this is not supported. The solution being offered is to connect your iPhone or iPad to an OSX device, back them up using iTunes, and in-turn, those backup files would be copied over WiFi to the ATC. I agree that iCloud works well and is very convenient, but the pricing beyond a few Gigabytes is out of touch with reality, especially if you purchase one of the new iPhone 5/5c models at 32GB/64GB capacities. Thankfully, AppStore and iTunes purchases are backup up in their respective stores, but the majority of your space is likely to be photos and movies, and at full 1080p, your free iCloud allocation will be gone very quickly. …
- Answered by J.r. M from Brentwood
What type of cable do I need to connect macbook pro to airport time capsule for the first backup. The MacBook does not have an Ethernet connection.
- Asked by Andy C from Canyon Lake
You can purchase a USB-to-Ethernet adapter or Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter from Apple in case you You can purchase a USB-to-Ethernet adapter or Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter from Apple in case you want to use Ethernet. The easiest solution, however, is to use AirPort / WiFi, which will work for the first backup as well as for any consecutive backups. If you are worried about the amount of data to be transmitted - don't worry - Mac OS X will simply continuously backup your MacBook in the background and interrupt and restart as needed, for example if you disconnect from your home network, it won't have to restart the whole backup process, it will simply continue from where it stopped. …
- Answered by Christoph R from Princeton
Can AirPort Capsule be used as an external wireless hard drive separate to Time Machine?
- Asked by Larry P from Cedar
In Finder there is a new list right under Devices when connected to the AirPort. It is labelled Sha In Finder there is a new list right under Devices when connected to the AirPort. It is labelled Shared and you should see your Time Capsule's name listed there. When you click it, it will go to the hard drive and you can treat it the same way you would with a USB external hard drive. Dont forget, the more data your Time Machine backup takes, the less free space you will have to use as an external hard drive. …
- Answered by Jared B from San Diego