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
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
- 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
Best router I've owned!
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 Erik N
2037 of 2144 people found this useful
Significant range/speed improvement
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 Daniel M from Puyallup
1205 of 1316 people found this useful
Fantastic throughput, good hard disk
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 Sascha Michael T from Köln
1084 of 1168 people found this useful
Great job @ $50 a year - which hits technology upgrade point
This is my third time capsule in about 15 years. It serves as a router (incoming WAN from cable modem to HP LAN switch); wireless This is my third time capsule in about 15 years. It serves as a router (incoming WAN from cable modem to HP LAN switch); wireless access point (part of a wireless canopy with 3 airport express); and time machine target. This purchase replaced a Time Capsule from 2008. Installation was a no brainer. I left the other Time Capsule powered up. When I started the new Time Capsule, it asked if I wanted to copy the settings from the old Time Capsule. Click Yes. Done.
It does its job beautifully. The backups - Time Machine - from the macs in the house has never failed. I've used it only half a dozen times over the years, but when you need it, you need it.
It is a consumer grade product which means expect it to last about 5 years or so. …
- Written by David B from Los Gatos
1 of 1 people found this useful
Pros - I am an Apple product lover, but was very sceptical about this Time capsule. The set up was very simple and easy. The range Pros - I am an Apple product lover, but was very sceptical about this Time capsule. The set up was very simple and easy. The range was superior to any other wifi I had prior. The speed as well was super fast with all 8 of my Apple products in my house. I would recommend this to anyone.
Cons - I thought the Time capsule would be able to be used to backup ALL apple products, iPhones included. I was wrong. Only for Mac computers. I recommend in the future that iPhones can be backed up on here(but then why would we have to pay for the cloud). Lastly I just couldn't get the time capsule to work with my current router as a range extender. …
- Written by Dorran W from Lawton
2 of 2 people found this useful
Had to take it back - useless
So I had the last version, but I don't think these problems have been fixed.
It backs up every hour - you cannot tell it to just So I had the last version, but I don't think these problems have been fixed.
It backs up every hour - you cannot tell it to just back up at night. Every hour, it slows your internet to a crawl for every internet machine in the house. Horrifying. And you cannot tell it to just back up once a day or once a week. I went to the genius bar in person to check on this. Horrible. So your internet keeps going slow every hour. It cannot back up without slowing the connection. It is a useless machine. I returned it - got an Airport Extreme (good) and got a backup hard drive elsewhere.
Do not buy this! …
- Written by Adrienne L from alameda
6 of 14 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
- Oct 7, 2013
- 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
- Oct 13, 2013
Can I use the airport time capsule to also backup my iPad and iPhone
- Asked by Michael P from Valley Park
- Jul 21, 2013
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
Is the AirPort Time Capsule compatible with PC Using windows 8? I have one PC user in the house so I need to know if the wifi will work a dell laptop
- Asked by Roy K from Port Murray
- May 23, 2015
The WiFi (router) in the Time Capsule WILL work just fine with Windows or any other OS. I'm not sure The WiFi (router) in the Time Capsule WILL work just fine with Windows or any other OS. I'm not sure if your Windows computer will be able to save to the Time Capsule's hard drive if you're using the hard drive for your Mac(s) because of the formatting. However, without question, the WiFi (router) will work just fine. …
- Answered by Robert G from Anacortes
- May 24, 2015
Can one MacBook Air back up on two time capsules? (We live part time in two different states.)
- Asked by James M from Upper Saddle River
- Jun 9, 2015
Yes. But you have two different series of backups. We do exactly this. Obviously, while you are not Yes. But you have two different series of backups. We do exactly this. Obviously, while you are not there, it can't add to that backup, but it will backup to the one you are near. Then when you are near the other, ti backups to that one. So each backup has time gaps for when you are not there, but each has a complete backup of the most recent visit there. …
- Answered by Reinhardt H from Dawson Creek
- Jun 17, 2015
If I use the AirPort Time Capsules as a File Server, can I then delete the media files (pictures) that are taking up disk space on my macbook air?
- Asked by Phil K from 서울
- Oct 21, 2014