• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    worst apple product

    • Written by from Chelmsford

    ....two hours of trying and the airport time capsule I bought just won't connect, sadly the instructions that where supplied where just so vague it was laughable, while I like apple products, this has to be the worst experience I have had with an apple product, sadly its going back to the shop

  • 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.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    superb product

    • Written by from Harrogate

    I bought one of these about a month ago on powering it up it downloaded the latest firmware, I tailored it to replace my ISP router's wifi as it is useless. At first it did not give a great coverage, until `i turned off the wifi on the ISP's router which then the wifi service improved 100%. I also made the wifi SSID very simple with a more powerful password since then the WIFI and TC has been powered up all the time with backups from both my macs to it no problem. `i have since removed the back up of my desktop to a separate USB connected hard drive, because for a desktop this is a better option. A second hard drive is used to keep all my movies as a hard drive, I am able to stream 3d from my Air to TV using this as a source,with no buffering problems, first class product, People forget that WIFI is not a guaranteed speed all the time, but I am delighted.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok - but glacially slow

    • Written by from London

    Installation and setup is a piece of cake.
    However, running backups are glacially and annoyingly slow. Wish I bought a device I can simply plug directly into the Mac and backup from there.
    Also, the device hangs up regularly and needs to be restarted.
    Maybe mine is just a Monday's machine, but wouldn't buy it again.

    2 of 5 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

    2 of 2 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 8 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.

    3 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.

    12 of 15 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

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Typical Apple Brilliance!

    • Written by from Worcester Park

    I balked at the price and went off to find a cheaper alternative as my old back up drive had failed. The new one would work but not as stated without a complete reformat. I also had to use my Mac as the server. Having purchased the Time Capsule I Plugged the drive in and followed the simple on screen instructions. My main data is still being backed up but I can access from both the iPads and all the iPhones. That took less than ten minutes to set up without using the manual. This is excellent tech. that works out of the box.

    3 of 3 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.

    11 of 11 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!

    10 of 10 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.

    10 of 12 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.

    14 of 14 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.

    32 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    ANOTHER BRILLIANT BIT OF KIT !

    • 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.

    11 of 12 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.

    6 of 6 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.

    8 of 9 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...

    47 of 66 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 :-) ).

    12 of 12 people found this useful