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
1968 of 2074 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
1181 of 1291 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
1054 of 1138 people found this useful
Love Apple / Even though I lost my memories PUN INTENDED! Returning Mañana
I purchased this AirPort Time Capsule as an emergency where I had to send iMac to apple so I needed to back up my files,... I got I purchased this AirPort Time Capsule as an emergency where I had to send iMac to apple so I needed to back up my files,... I got this out of box with the easy to set up feature but!!!!!!!!!! Later was warned that this device is not meant to be used as an external drive. AND,... it is a stand a lone router meaning you can't plug this device in thinking it will generate an ip address and just work. no no no honey,... I love apple till death but rocking to the beat of your own drum all the time is getting annoying. I was warned DON NOT save files to this unit like and external,... it is only meant for backing up 1 - 10 computers via time capsule AND through the use of the Wifi ofr internet. THAT is it. so after I was warned,.... now that my photos and music from since my third Mac days 2001,... and now memories and all gone. The folders are grey but damaged. Please please stop advertising this as a WiFi Router and external drive in one. it is a Wifi TimeMachine back up unit. Where is Steve when I need him …
- Written by Franklyn G from Stamford
2 of 3 people found this useful
Best router and backup drive!
I got this after numerous configurations of Airport Extremes and Airport Expresses, and just as it says, it set up almost instantl I got this after numerous configurations of Airport Extremes and Airport Expresses, and just as it says, it set up almost instantly and seamlessly. Faster speeds, quick wireless backuos, instant recognition of my printers and Air Play devices without a concern. Well worth the price and the minimal effort! …
- Written by Terence E P from SAN FRANCISCO
Easy to setup, great signal strength, 802.11ac is a huge improvement and the time capsule is soooo easy to work with a Fabulous!!
Easy to setup, great signal strength, 802.11ac is a huge improvement and the time capsule is soooo easy to work with and fast.
I stored 300GB in a few hours. Setup took less than 15 minutes, plug and play. This is the only way to go for a home network and fast wireless. …
- Written by Gerhard B from Okotoks
1 of 1 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
Can I Play Media VIA Time Capsule (Movies/Music) instead of storing on MacBook Pro.
- Asked by Samuel L from Clare
- Apr 18, 2015
I'm not sure if you can play from the Time Capsule but you can keep your iTunes library on the Time I'm not sure if you can play from the Time Capsule but you can keep your iTunes library on the Time Capsule and you'll still have access to it with all you Apple IOS devices, including your AppleTV. So, if there's a movie you want to watch and don't want to stream it you can access from iTunes and download it onto your Mac/iPad/iPhone, etc and screen share it with your Apple TV. Alternatively, your iTunes library should be accessible from your Apple TV. I know all my movies show up automatically on mine. I've never checked the music library but I doubt it's a problem.
If you want to store your library on your Time Capsule, copy your iTunes folder from your Mac onto your TimeCapsule. Once you've done that you can have Time Capsule be the default home for your library by going into iTunes preferences/Advanced and change the location of your iTunes library to iTunes/iTunes Media folder on your Time Capsule.
Hope that helps …
- Answered by Robert G from Anacortes
- May 4, 2015