• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Time Capsule 2TB - Fantastic

    • Written by from Roade

    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.

    264 of 301 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    For a simpler life

    • Written by from New Malden

    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.

    185 of 202 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Shared USB external Hard Drive can't be backed up using Time machine

    • Written by from Gillingham

    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.

    201 of 284 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great power and range - just be careful when opening the box !

    • Written by from Sheffield

    Bought this to replace an ageing router that kept losing signal and range and to get a backup solution and am not disappointed ! It was so easy to set up and get going via an iMac - literally 5 minutes out of the box and I had a much stronger signal that all my Apple devices found immediately (and also an old desktop PC!). Range is good in a stone built three story house. Backup is also simplicity itself - it just works ! Beware when opening the packaging though - when you do finally get the box apart, the device wobbles and falls out - I caught mine luckily, but a lot of these will hit the floor on opening (surprised no-one tested the packaging?!). Open the box in an upright position over a table top or risk damage - seriously !!

    46 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Died within a week

    • Written by from Alderley Edge

    Initial Time Machine back-up took 12 hours via Ethernet (this is recommended as Wi-Fi would have taken days). Once set up on Wi-Fi, backing up worked for a week. The next attempt to back-up revealed that the Time Capsule had corrupted and even Disk Utility couldn't see it, let alone repair it (Apple Forums suggested the corruption may have been been due to 'interference'), so I lost all my Time Machine back-ups. I also didn't notice much improvement in speed of devices on Wi-Fi, so would be suspicious of the '3x' faster claim.

    Of course, your Time Capsule may not corrupt at all...

    56 of 78 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent router. Good backup storage. Poor file sharing.

    • Written by from Brackley

    I've bought it 2 months ago.
    Flawless installation/configuration.
    Reliable and fast as a router.
    Good a storage for TimeMachine for my Mac Mini (ethernet) and MacBook Pro (WiFi).

    However file sharing is disappointing due to too aggressive spin down time. Disk goes to sleep in less than 30 seconds after last access! Streaming media from it may lead to 'funny' pauses in playback if your player buffers more than few seconds. Streaming stuff to Macs can be painful. Streaming anything to PC is just pointless. And no 'spin down time' option in configuration :(

    It also reported bogus (hopefully) problems with the hard drive. After restart it's green again.

    Considering all that I've decided to buy proper NAS solution, leaving Capsule as backup-only device with no file sharing at all.

    36 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just as expected

    • Written by from Darwen

    I've used my previous time capsule all day every day for the past 5 years; never a blip! Sadly it was a 500 Mb version and it filled. Having just replaced it with the 2 Tb capsule I can report that everything works perfectly, straight from the box. Better, faster communication and four times the storage. It runs cooler, is silent and set up couldn't have been easier.

    28 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent product

    • Written by from newcastle upon tyne

    being a pc person for the last 15 years decided to go for the whole apple family as we already had 2 iPhones iPad and i pad mini.So when i bought my macbook pro also went for the apple time capsule.
    Amazing piece of engineering,simplicity in itself
    I migrated all my data from my pc using apple migration then the time capsule just backed everything up.

    yes apple products are expensive but they don't have any headache compared to other products and they just work.

    as we accumulate more and more data the things we value most like family pictures,music and files are priceless so best to back them up and back them up again so we can appreciate them in the future.

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Guest networking feature does not work with Sky broadband

    • Written by from LONDON

    Just got a new (July 2013) 3TB Time Capsule. As with my previous TC the guest network feature only works when it is set-up in router mode (as a DHCP and NAT server). Unfortunately the only way to get the TC to work with a Sky broadband router is to operate it in bridge mode (DHCP and NAT off) as otherwise you get a "Double NAT" error (even with DHCP off on the Sky router). This means the guest network is not possible with Sky broadband.

    Otherwise it seems pretty good. Shame Apple haven't made the guest network feature more usable, and shame they don't tell you that it only works with some broadband connections.

    30 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Time Capsule 2 TB

    • Written by from Kirkkonummi

    I've had a need for backing up mu iMac for a long time and today I bought the new Time Capsule 2 TB. I went home being confident that this will be an easy setup like with all other Apple products and guess what.... it was really easy. I don't only have a Wi-Fi backup with great capacity, but also an extended network in my home for Apple TV, my iPad, iPhone and my iMac. I have also created a guest network. How cool is that? I give this product 5 stars because it is so consumer friendly and 100% working.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Out of the box & working in 5mins

    • Written by from Bracknell

    We have a Virgin Media Superhub. We set this to Modem mode and connected the first AirPort Time Capsule this was quick & simple with the the instructions on-screen via the AirPort utility of the iMac. Once the set-up was complete my daughter set-up her AirPort Time Capsule via her Macbook Pro bridging from the first Airport Time Capsule giving it another name & pass key / word. Again this was simple and the whole process took around 15-20min.

    No other company makes this process so simple it just works.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A real improvement

    • Written by from Pinner

    I had the older flat version of time capsule and this is a definite improvement. Its a breeze to set up and produces a very fast WiFi connection. The automatic back up facility works really well - I found it was a bit clunky in the older model and didn't always work - but then Apple do an excellent job of continuous improvement and the new time capsule is no exception. (and I don't work for them :-) ).

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent range & speed

    • Written by from Woking

    I thought about upgrading my VirginMedia advanced wifi hub (100MB+ line) to this, when I finally did, I wish I had done it earlier! The range & speed on this device for my MacBook Retina, MacBook Air, iPads etc is amazing.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Time capsule 2Tb

    • Written by from Ramsgate

    Another excellent Apple product, I needed a seamless back up solution and fix to months of wireless woes. 10 minutes after unpacking it I was up and running and performing my initial back up from my new iMac.
    It also solved my wi fi problems, neighbouring wi fi routers were making air space very limited and I frequently had annoying drop out with problems reconnecting, now I have a 5 Ghz multi channel connection which is very quick and very reliable.
    The Time Capsule looks uber cool and runs silently, just as well as it is in the bedroom just a few feet away from my head on the bed side units!
    An excellent and very worthwhile purchase!

    12 of 12 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.

    17 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from SOUTHAMPTON

    My TC has been running faultlessly for about two months now; it is very cool and quiet. As with previous Airport devices it was quick and simple to set up and works well with a host of wired and wireless devices all over the house. I am very pleased indeed with this product which I use in conjunction with a Vigor 120 Ethernet modem.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product But Some Limitations

    • Written by from Saxmundham

    I bought this because the reviews suggested the range was good. In fact, the range is slightly lower than my BT Hub 3. I connect this to my BT Hub 3 and then have a Range Extender so that I can receive a reasonable wifi signal in my garden office.

    I've then plugged an external 2TB hard drive into the Airport for shared data storage across my various iMacs, MacBooks and iOS devices.

    I can't get the iOS devices to work with it, but to be fair I haven't spent much time working it out. The OSX devices (Mavericks) work fine most of the time.

    First point to note is that the signal strength (without the extender) is about the same as it was on the BT Hub 3, but less reliable. It fluctuates all the time where at least the Hub 3 was stable. The 5Ghz connection drops all the time.

    From in the house, everything works fine. It's only when the Wifi extender is used that I get issues.

    Time Machine backups from my iMac and 2 MacBooks happen without me realising now.

    Back to Mac (for remote access when not on the new local LAN) works but is incredibly slow and often I can see the Airport, click on the external HD but then nothing happens... Research on the forums suggest that as Airport doesn't support updp it will be slow... Haven't found a resolution yet...

    Using the external drive for shared storage is working well but is a little slow. I'm thinking of investing in a better external HD as the Hitachi I have is quite old and slow (there's a slight delay when every I try to connect whilst the HD fires itself into life). Also, if the wifi signal isn't great, accessing the files is very slow.

    I often have to reboot the Airport as sometimes I can see it from my Mac but when I click on the external HD no files are displayed. Power off, 10 second wait, power back on seems to make it re-appear.

    I've now decided to try and bypass the extended wifi network and will run Cat5 from the Airport, out the house wall and along the garden fence to my office. I'll then put a local wifi router in the office and see if that helps overcome some of the niggles.

    Summary - great product, works out of the box, but there are some niggles which I think may be down to my physical wifi setup. I'll update once I've tried with the Cat5.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Time Capsule is brilliant

    • Written by from Macclesfield

    Bought a 2TB capsule to fulfill 2 objectives:- as a router to replace my BT Home Hub and to act as an external hard drive for backing up. Fully meets the objectives and whilst you could say it should do at the price, the set up was easy and speed / performance is brilliant. Well done Apple - another brilliant product that exactly meets my needs.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice piece of kit

    • Written by from SOUTHAMPTON

    Reviewed the product online, went to the apple store, 2 minute chat with the salesman, drove home and connected time capsule as the booklet said.5 minutes total
    Job done. Backing up now brilliant.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Is the coldest running time capsule yet

    • Written by from Ballsbridge

    Yes pleased with this model, easy to setup and runs quiet and cool compared to old models. Interested to find out if this generation uses less energy. Highly recommended.

    9 of 11 people found this useful