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
167 of 186 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
148 of 163 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
277 of 455 people found this useful
Fab to have it!!
Time capsule is really easy to set up just put poe on and can connect any router use ether wire, and Time capsule is boot up inter Time capsule is really easy to set up just put poe on and can connect any router use ether wire, and Time capsule is boot up internet make the internet really quick just also 1 sec also use Time machine on mac back up anytime time self also easy access on pc can back up from pc or any devices, any great idea have own USB mean can back up all work from USB to time capsule without computer can on smart phone to control Time Capsule …
- Written by Matthew L from north shields
0 of 1 people found this useful
No problems ,pluged into bt hub followed airport utility instructions on mac , took max 10 mins ,,signal to all devices is much be No problems ,pluged into bt hub followed airport utility instructions on mac , took max 10 mins ,,signal to all devices is much better and faster much faster wifi had 2mbps, now 11mbps very happy …
- Written by lee S from witham
2 of 2 people found this useful
This is dreadful in the extreme. I purchased it with a cisco modem/router after my old backup drive crashed. I set it up in bridge This is dreadful in the extreme. I purchased it with a cisco modem/router after my old backup drive crashed. I set it up in bridge mode attached to my modem via ethernet cable with the hope of using it as a wireless point for a sound system consisting of Bang & Olufsen and Libratone speakers. As a wireless point it works fine but my internet connection and external ip cameras never worked. Have now reverted to my cisco modem/router and bought a regular backup drive. STAY AWAY FROM THIS. IT WILL DO YOUR HEAD IN!!! …
- Written by GERARD O from BANTRY
9 of 13 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
can i use this as my comcast xfinity router
- Asked by Nicholas L from Chicago
Yes. You can use Comcast's modem and the Airport as your router. That's what I do.
- Answered by Aaron V from Dupont
In addition to Time Machine from networked Macs, can I use this to back up an external drive connected to the Time Capsule via USB?
- Asked by Joshua G from Brooklyn
Yes! I just did it. You can connect an external hard drive and use the built-in time capsule HD! Yes! I just did it. You can connect an external hard drive and use the built-in time capsule HD! It will give you the option of alternating between the two for back ups. Redundancy it is! …
- Answered by Tony G from Little Rock
what does the time capsule do? can i use this as an external hard drive to store movies on?
- Asked by Matt G from Burlington
Yes you can. Also you can stream directly on Mac and iPhone/iPad via apps like Infuse.
- Answered by Faisal I from New York
is it a wifi router?
- Asked by Kadrie Z
"It’s also a full-featured Wi-Fi base station with the latest 802.11ac technology and simul Yes.
"It’s also a full-featured Wi-Fi base station with the latest 802.11ac technology and simultaneous dual-band support." …
- Answered by Peter N from Germantown