AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB

AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB

$279.00

4.0 out of 5 stars

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Product Information

Back up a lifetime’s worth of memories with AirPort Time Capsule, a wireless hard drive that works seamlessly with Time Machine in OS X. It’s also a full-featured Wi-Fi base station with the latest 802.11ac technology and simultaneous dual-band support. Choose from 2TB and 3TB models.
  • 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.

    Ultrafast 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 cord
  • Tech Specs

    Size and Weight

    • Height: 6.6 inches (168 mm)
    • Width: 3.85 inches (98 mm)
    • Depth: 3.85 inches (98 mm)
    • Weight: 3.26 pounds (1.48 kg)3

    Connections and Expansion

    • Gigabit Ethernet WAN port
    • Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
    • USB 2.0
    • Built-in power supply

    Wireless

    • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac2
    • Beamforming antenna array
    • Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz

    Number of Users

    • 50
  • System Requirements

    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

Rating Breakdown (4.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Best router I've owned!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    The main reason I bought this was for backups / other storage, but ended up with a very nice surprise.
    I've tried many differen The main reason I bought this was for backups / other storage, but ended up with a very nice surprise.
    I've tried many different brands / top of the line wifi routers to try and reach my TV/PS3 in a (wifi unfriendly) nook in my living room, only to return them since I would get no signal there. Only luck I've had is with my upgraded FIOS wifi router, but the signal is marginal at best. I ended up using a power line AV adapter to get a decent signal without having to wire ethernet.
    Well I hooked up my new time capsule (directly next to my existing router) and tried it out just for fun in that location, not expecting to see anything. I got a FULL signal there...450 mbps connection. Did an internet speed test (I have the 50 mbps FIOS plan) - clocked at 45 mbps! My previous (and best) router got 5 mbps at best there...typically more like 1 - 2. VERY pleasantly surprised with this routers performance and range, so needless to say it has completely replaced my old router in addition to being a great backup drive.

    • Written by

    1570 of 1643 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Best router I've owned!
  • Significant range/speed improvement

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I purchased the AirPort Time Capsule with increased range in mind, as I don't have any devices that support 102.11ac yet. I figure I purchased the AirPort Time Capsule with increased range in mind, as I don't have any devices that support 102.11ac yet. I figured the additional antennas and new configuration would improve the range, and so far that seems to be the case. I was previously using a 1 TB Time Capsule, 102.11n, and devices in the back bedroom (about 100-125 feet away, around several corners) struggled to get a good signal.

    I did several tests in the back corner of the back bedroom on my iPhone 5 (Speedtest.net app) before and after the upgrade. I have a 50+ MBPS connection. The average before the upgrade was 3.5 MPBS down and 0.75 MBPS up. After the upgrade, I averaged 7.5 MBPS down and 8.25 MPBS up. That is about 2x boost in speed down and 10x boost in speed up. Because I am still using the 102.11n technology, I believe that these speed increases are due to the improvement in range.

    • Written by from Puyallup

    959 of 1042 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Significant range/speed improvement
  • Fantastic throughput, good hard disk

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I am extremely happy with this Time Capsule. Using it as my base station with two Airport Express, three Airplay-capable sound sys I am extremely happy with this Time Capsule. Using it as my base station with two Airport Express, three Airplay-capable sound systems and numerous mobile devices (plus a Desktop) attached, I see way better throughput on the 5 GHz band than with my prior Airport Extreme. I have no problems constantly reaching 105+ Mbit/s connection speeds with this product. The hard disk is easily mounted and shows fast and reliable transfer speeds. Thumbs up, Apple.

    • Written by from Köln

    845 of 901 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Fantastic throughput, good hard disk
  • Apple Support for setup issues is outstanding

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I bought the 2TB Time Capsule to replace an original Time Capsule that was maxed out. Plugged everything in and could not get the I bought the 2TB Time Capsule to replace an original Time Capsule that was maxed out. Plugged everything in and could not get the internet to come back up. I called our ISP (Cox Cable) and they were able to get my internet back up going directly from the cable modem to my iMac. But that bypassed the Time Capsule and therefore no WIFI. When I then routed the cable modem back to the Time Capsule, again no internet. I messed around with it a while and finally asked for support from Apple on the web site. Got a call back from them in half a minute, and within 5 minutes they walked me through the DHCP settings on the Time Machine to get it right. It's been great since then. Kudos to Apple for outstanding customer support and a great product!

    • Written by from Coto de Caza

    6 of 6 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Apple Support for setup issues is outstanding
  • I should have known better

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    After trying to purchase a couple of lowered priced devices (router and extender), I decided that I would buy a time capsule and g After trying to purchase a couple of lowered priced devices (router and extender), I decided that I would buy a time capsule and give it a shot after reading a lot of positive reviews. Let's just say that not only I am happy but my daughters are happy too. We have great coverage and speed throughout the house. Devices include iMac, Macbook, two iPod touches, three iPads and two Apple TV's. Great product and I highly recommend, next step is set up time machine,

    • Written by from Youngsville

    4 of 4 people found this useful

    Was this useful? I should have known better
  • Died after a year, just after warranty expired

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I should have learnt my lesson with my first time capsule in grad school which was finicky and crashed once every 4-5 months. It l I should have learnt my lesson with my first time capsule in grad school which was finicky and crashed once every 4-5 months. It lasted me through 4 years before dying, so when I got a new job, I conveniently forgot how terrible the device was in light of automatic backups.

    However I'm really annoyed that just shy of 12 months, the device crashed and no matter how much I reset it, it won't even show up on my computer. $300 wasted!

    • Written by from San Francisco

    13 of 15 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Died after a year, just after warranty expired

Questions & Answers

Answers from the community

  • Best Answer:

    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
    • Oct 13, 2013
  • Best Answer:

    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
    • Jan 9, 2014
  • Best Answer:

    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
    • Aug 19, 2014