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
Great for amateurs
Although i feel i know a lot about gadget I am not very knowledgable about setting up wifi networks. First up the setup is very ea Although i feel i know a lot about gadget I am not very knowledgable about setting up wifi networks. First up the setup is very easy. I setup using my Macbook air.
Once setup i have noticed a massive performance increase across all my device from the superhub and the range is simply unbelievable! I used to have problems in my house with range but they are completely gone now, which is great. I was even able to add a WPS printer really easy too, from the base station menu, exactly what i was hoping for :-) All in all I am very happy and would strongly recommend this solution to anyone, regardless of skill level. …
- Written by Adam P from ELLESMERE PORT
129 of 145 people found this useful
I've just purchased this today from my local Apple Store. By the time I got it home and out of the box, set my Virgin Media Super I've just purchased this today from my local Apple Store. By the time I got it home and out of the box, set my Virgin Media Super Hub to Modem Mode, plugged in the AirPort Time Capsule, downloaded the latest firmware via the AirPort Utility App on my iPhone, I was done in 10 mins. It was so simple to set up and I've noticed a performance boost for all my wifi connected devices now. Time Machine is set up on my Mac, and backing up seamlessly in the background. The build quality is superb, as to be expected from Apple. …
- Written by Mark G from SALE
109 of 120 people found this useful
I bought the 3TB Time Capsule to extend my current WIFI network, act as a wireless access point for a printer and to enable wirele I bought the 3TB Time Capsule to extend my current WIFI network, act as a wireless access point for a printer and to enable wireless Time-Machine back-ups from our home network of 4 Mac computers. I have previously used an old Airport Extreme with hard-drive plugged in, which worked perfectly (until software updates to the Airport Utility made it defunct). However, please be aware: the new Time Capsule will not extend a WIFI network as suggested in the product literature, unless this is initiated from an Apple router. The only way satisfactory way to use this device is to hardwire it in to your DLNA router via ethernet. As far as I can see, the only reason to go for a Time Capsule in the first place, is so that it can be used as a wireless access point - which means it is not really fit for purpose!!! Since my DLNA router needs to be in our living room, near our Sky box, this is never going to work....
I advise everyone to read the support threads regarding WIFI set-up of this device, before even considering buying.
Mine will be going back to the local Apple Store tomorrow. What a waste of an evening trying to get it to work (not happy).... …
- Written by Tim Q from Ainsdale
200 of 324 people found this useful
Great design poor execution
This is a well designed product but the following do not work once you have set it up:
- HP wifi printer - this was working just This is a well designed product but the following do not work once you have set it up:
- HP wifi printer - this was working just fine until I installed the TC 3TB. Apparently, one needs to connect it to the single USB port but that defeats the purpose of having a wifi printer!!
- if you are using an ADSL router from Sky or BT, you cannot set up the guest network - complicated explanation but that does not work. and there is reams of information on google why that does not work
If you are only looking for extending your wifi network and hard disk space on your home wifi then this works very well right out of the box and hence just the two stars.
I am afraid mine is going back on Monday. I have to say this is the most underwhelming product ever to come out of Apple. …
- Written by H W from Northwood
4 of 6 people found this useful
Brilliant stuff...with potentials for improvement
What an "Apple night". Now Airport Time Capsule and Apple TV are happily running together. I've never experienced an easier networ What an "Apple night". Now Airport Time Capsule and Apple TV are happily running together. I've never experienced an easier network setup. With Airport I've plugged it into the network and it did everything automatically. All I have to do was to provide my ISP username and password. No need to web browser access to 192.etc addresses. The interface was very intuitive and I'm now running two WiFi networks, at 2.4 and 5 GHz so there is a better WiFi traffic distribution at home and the signal is stronger. Highly recommended. One suggestion: allow disk partitioning …
- Written by Marco T from Aylesbury
4 of 5 people found this useful
Works well as a router but hopelessly slow as a backup. 6 hours for 2GB. It's a bug but I'm not prepared to wait for a fix. Thi Works well as a router but hopelessly slow as a backup. 6 hours for 2GB. It's a bug but I'm not prepared to wait for a fix. This has to go back. far too expensive just for an Airport Extreme with an unusable hard drive. Meant to give zero stars but that's not an option. …
- Written by Richard B from Brighton
15 of 36 people found this useful
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
Does this device stores movies as well?
- Asked by Lapolean K from Creedmoor
Regarding files, this device can act as two different things - a Time-Machine-enabled Backup device, Regarding files, this device can act as two different things - a Time-Machine-enabled Backup device, or a Shared Network Hard Drive.
As a Tme-Machine-enabled backup device, it will back up everything from your Mac(s) at regular intervals. This includes all the files on your Mac - documents, movies, music etc. You can then use it to revert to previous versions of files, to restore deleted or damaged files, or to restore the entire mac from a backup. Note, if you use it in this way, don't expect to be able to browse or read your files as simple files. Time machine backs use a sparse bundle and file links. You can get to your files manually if you want, don't expect to be able to hook up a home media centre to access those files easily. They are managed by time machine, and really should only be accessed through the Time Machine software for restoration.
As a shared network hard drive, you can consider it to be a file server. You can access the hard drive, over the network (wired or wireless) from any machine on the network (Mac or Windows). As such, you could use it to store your music and movies and access them from anywhere, including from any home media centre that can access a shared network volume (i.e. not AppleTV).
You should use it for one or the other, not both. Note, you *can* do both, but you really should not. When used for Time Machine backups, it really likes to manage hard drive space itself. When the disk gets full, it deletes older backups. It works best when it is fully aware and fully in control of the drive space …
- Answered by Vihung M
can I use the time machine with my pro retina, my pc (not an apple) and another hp laptop so all can use same printer
- Asked by Debbie O from Abilene