• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router I've owned!

    • Written by

    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.

    1416 of 1483 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Significant range/speed improvement

    • Written by from Puyallup

    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.

    871 of 949 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic throughput, good hard disk

    • Written by from Köln

    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.

    769 of 823 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea... but still in it's beta stage

    • Written by from Sunnyvale

    I had a Airport Time Capsule for about two weeks, I was able to perform a time machine backup, however, the box got overheated and 12 days later, by whole backup was gone... Not to mention, almost every 2nd day need a reboot, otherwise my MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, apple TV, and a Android phone, loose internet connection (although there's WIFI connection). I revert back to my old ASUS AP, no issues in the past and for sure no issues anytime soon.
    Pros: Easy to setup
    Cons: Super high price for a product which have not been tested, lack of knowledge from Apple Support. DON'T COUNT ON THE BACKUP.... Backup doesn't exist, since in 10 days, the whole backup is gone and disk claimed to be reformatted.
    Apple support guys said this happens because of repeated powercycles... that's BS... so if there's a power outage, my backup is gone??? This is the reason why I give only one star!

    121 of 146 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pure Frustration

    • Written by from Berea

    Own the previous version of Airport Extreme - very happy with that product - no issues with being disconnected and speed was great. Thought we would 'upgrade' and go with the Time Capsule version to utilize Time Machine and do away with the USB backups. First one disconnected more often than it stayed connected. Exchanged that one and while we stay connected now with the second, the Time Machine backups are unbelievably slow - 3hrs. to backup 115MB ... that's right MB. Support had us reboot the Airport and that solved the issue until the next day when we had to reboot again and ditto for the following day. Sad to say I don't think this is ready for prime time. Too unreliable and while the work-arounds are good - not what we paid $300 for. It's going back and we'll wait for the beta testing to end. Borderline complete garbage.

    102 of 113 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless for disk storage

    • Written by from Saddle Brook

    The disk is EXTREMELY slow. Maximum speed I was able to get from it is 30 megabytes per second sustained write over 1Gb ethernet connection. To transfer 2 terabytes of data with this speed would take about 18 hours (assuming the entire 2 terabytes of data are one huge file). In reality, for Time Machine backups, the speeds are measured in megabytes per second, so to backup 200 gigabytes of data to it, assuming average speed of 5 megabytes per second (which is VERY optimistic estimate, when thousands of files need to be transferred) would take about 11 hours.

    So my suggestion is to avoid this Time Capsule and go for the basic Extreme base station (which is exactly the same device sans the disk), and use an external hard drive (which you, when needed, can simply connect directly to your Mac). Not to mention that if you decide to upgrade the next time Apple releases a new version of Time Capsule - you'd have to transfer the 2 (or 3) terabytes of data from one slow device to another, whereas if you just use an external USB drive - you can simply connect it to the new base station.

    109 of 143 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    2 TB Review

    • Written by from Denver

    I purchased this product based on the reviews and the good luck I have had will all Apple products. But.....

    Maybe my unit is defective, but the signal strength is much worse than my 10 yr old Linksys, the back up takes hours (even with less than 1 TB of files) with the computer 5 feet from the TC and it will not stay connected to our iphones, Ipads, iMac or Macbooks. I checked the Support page and connection issues with Mtn Lion are well documented, but no solution from Apple. Most people have just hard wired back to the router which defeats the purpose of this purchase.
    I am bummed - this is first sub-par Apple product that I have purchased....
    The search continues...

    91 of 113 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keep the Slick Box for Return

    • Written by from Newport

    Apple's boxing and packaging is always slick, which is a good thing in this case since you'll probably be returning the AirPort Time Capsule like I did. This was simply the worst designed router I have ever tried to use. Granted, Apple's buggy AirPort Utility may have had something to do with the problems I experienced (I see they updated it recently after my return was processed), but that just proves that there should be an alternative method to set this router up.

    Initial setup went smoothly, unfortunately, that's were the dumbed down process of using AirPort Utility stopped being useful. It's a router, and no matter how good a router is, from time-to-time, due to circumstances with I.S.P.s and cable modems and such, a router is going to require a "reset." Mine did within 48 hours.

    Why more manufacturers haven't incorporated a simple on/off button on routers is beyond logic, and in the case of the AirPort Time Capsule, the "hard reset" function defies logic. We're expected... with two hands no less... to push the tiny inset "reset" button located low on the back (using a makeshift tool such as a paper clip or pen tip) at the same time as plugging in the tightly fitting power cord, which is also located low on the back, while at the same time monitoring the status light on the front? Well, with two hands tied up, one pushing a button and the other plugging in a cord, we're left with placing the unit front down (covering up the status light) to provide enough back pressure to complete the task. Admittedly, one could devise a work around using a power switch... But why should we have to on a $300 unit!

    Beyond this ridiculous design flaw, once AirPort Utility "forgot" my router... It never "found" it again... And without being able to call it up otherwise similar to other routers (192.168.*.*), I gave up and neatly packed it back inside the box and slapped on the prepaid shipping label. Done.

    81 of 95 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Apple Quality - Very Disappointing

    • Written by from Springfield

    First, let me start off by saying that I own just about every apple product out there because I believe in the quality of the products they produce. I also have over 15 years experience setting up networks for both PCs and Macs. This product has really disappointed me, not due to the fact that it will not work right out of the box like other apple products, but because it will not work with optical network terminals (FIOS) no matter what. My 2009 airport extreme, which I reverted to, configures itself in about 15 seconds and it's up and running. I spent 2 entire days trying to get this product to work: One day with a 2TB time capsule which I returned to best buy, because I figured it's defective. The second day with the 3TB time capsule which still will not work no matter what. Maybe this base station works great with other networking configurations, but if you have FIOS, save yourself some aggravation and stay away.

    77 of 93 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Everything gone

    • Written by from Picton

    Do NOT trust this product with your files.

    My Time Capsule has been generating error messages for the past week. This weekend, I followed its suggestion to rebuild due to some sort of corrupted directory.

    One hour later, every single file is gone.

    78 of 100 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not quite as intuitive as it should be

    • Written by from Sunnyvale

    Hummm $300 is a lot of money. And the time capsule is not what its all jazzed up to be. I guess if you just want to use is for time machine it is adequate (a $100 external drive should do about the same).

    I was really disappointed by the wifi performance. It fared no better than the piece of rubbish the telco sent me to terminate my dsl connection. Throughput and range are just as mediocre.

    I thought I d be able to share my files and photos with my family (everyone uses macs). After leeching on posts and forums and the such I could not find any straight forward - easy way to do this. Everything is convoluted and counter intuitive.

    I am usually a big fan of Apple hardware, software and products in general. This did not cut the mustard. Apart from the very basic setup steps for wifi and time machine, all the rest is a bear.

    What I want is to have my photo's copied on the time machine and kept in sync while sharing the pictures with the family on the internal wlan easily and seamlessly. This is not possible with this product. (it is actually not possible with any solution provided by Apple afaik).

    This will teach me to do my research before I buy. Still disappointed however.

    I ll encourage you to shop around and do your homework before buying this product, I am sure you can get better features and performance from competing products.

    72 of 91 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best WiFi

    • Written by from SAINT JOHNS

    Holy Guacamole!! Perfect form factor. Extremely easy replacement of older Time Capsule. Plug in new unit, launch Airport utility on Mac, software will give you default option of replacing old Time Capsule, though option for manual config is available. Click ok to replace older unit, software will prompt you to move cables from old Time Capsule to new one then copy all old settings over to new unit and reset old one to factory default. I had multiple assigned ip addresses and server services running on previous Time Capsule copy and new unit running in 10 min. Speedtest showed I was exceeding standard Comcast speed in my Internet package. Much improved network coverage in large home. Thanks for the big improvement Apple!!!

    52 of 59 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Better range, but drops clients

    • Written by from Sausalito

    This new TC definitely has better range and wifi performance, even in the 2.4GHz band.

    However, it drops inactive clients after some time period. If I don't use my iPad overnight, in the morning it shows a strong wifi signal, but the TC doesn't show it as a client (verified by checking with Airport Utility on Mac).

    I have to cycle the wifi on/off on the iPad to reestablish a connection.

    51 of 61 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't BUY this product.

    • Written by from Doral

    I love Apple products but I had to come to check the review to see if I was the only one with problems. I'm tired of having my backup fail to run because it is inaccessible. Even the Airport Utility can't find it at time and I need to constatly reboot it. It doesn't matter if it's ping-able or it's wifi is on, it's own Airport Utility can't find it and the Time Machine backup utilities fails.

    It boggles my mind that they have yet to get an update to fix this after over a year that this product has been out.

    52 of 64 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    All in One

    • Written by from Alameda

    I am very happy that Apple developed a unit that is both a router and external storage device. This serves two purposes. The familiar "Time Machine" is now harmoniously united with this new "Time Capsule" syncing and backup is seamless and practical.

    Speed is only enhanced by a device that supports the new "AC" bandwidth. Either way, even with b/g/n you will notice an improvement.

    The only critique I must include is the inability to remotely access files or media from storage. There are currently no method to stream and access such data via IOS AP or any third party portal.

    In conclusion, if you like a device that is both storage and router, in one. This is the best product available.

    49 of 59 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worthy upgrade over prior models, flawed product packaging

    • Written by from RICHMOND

    This is a very well-designed Wi-Fi router and backup device that is extremely easy to set up and to configure both on Macs and Windows. Via the included app, it basically sets itself up automatically after you input your desired Wi-Fi network name and password. There are of course also advanced options which you may set manually if you desire to.

    This Time Capsule performs better than the prior version, even without 801.11ac devices in the network. With 802.11ac devices, it will be even faster.

    This contains more antennas inside the device than prior versions and also incorporates beamforming for faster wifi. The antennas sit higher and off the table top in the device which aids performance as well. When using my wifi network, things are noticeably more speedy than before.

    The design and foot print is also an improvement. It takes up less space on your desk or shelf since it has a smaller footprint, even though it's taller. And, I like the look of it better than prior versions as well.

    I also really like the fact that the built in hard drive can backup more than one computer on the Wi-Fi network, and it does this wirelessly (or wired). Now all the computers in my household can always be backed up with ease!

    A note about the product box: be careful opening the box, if you have it at an angle while pulling the lid off, the device will fall out and could be damaged. Also, after unboxing it, you cannot replace the base of the box because it will get stuck inside the box and be very difficult to remove after that. I recommend you put the base in sideways if you want to store the box. You will see what I mean after you get this item.

    In summary, Apple has another winner in this latest version of the Time Capsule! This is a worthy upgrade from prior versions, even if you don't yet have any 802.11ac devices since it also works with 802.11a/b/g and n devices, and you will be ready for any future 802.11ac device that you may get, which is the new standard.

    44 of 51 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The.Best.Wireless.Router.Ever

    • Written by from Columbus

    I've been through a lot of wireless routers. Especially lately. I've bought many of the most expensive recent releases by Netgear, Belkin, and others. They all disappointed....and frustrated me, because my electronics didn't work like they were intended to.
    Then I bought the previous version of Time Capsule about 4 months ago. It was better than the rest, so I kept it. But it also had signal problems with my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro. I just decided I would have to deal with it. I was still frustrated :-( but at least I had a backup hard drive! :-)
    When the new Airport Time Capsule was released this past week I knew I'd have to try it out and compare it with the previous version the I owned. I could just return it if the wifi wasn't what I wanted....
    After testing it out for a few days....... THE SIGNAL IS AMAZING! My Bose Airplay speakers work perfectly from all my devices... Finally! My Apple TV streams Netflix and HULU with ease...Finally! HD Internet Videos stream from my MacBook Pro with no delays...Finally! No.Dropped.Signals.Period.
    I love the Time Capsule Feature, but I already had that same feature in my last product, what I love in the new Airport Time Capsule is the HIGH quality of connection to all my devices, despite the fact that all of them are only 802.11n products. I can't wait until more 802.11ac products are released.
    Whatever they did with that Beamforming Antenna Array stuff...It's working. ;-) Good job Apple.

    43 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Install and No Customer Service

    • Written by from Vancouver

    Just so that it's clear...I am/was an Apple FAN.
    I own the iPhone, iPad, Mac Pro, and two iMacs at home.
    Purchased this new Airport Time Capsule to replace a failed Time Capsule after 1.5 yrs of service. Other than the premature failure, I was very happy with the Time Capsule.

    On the recommendation of the local Apple GENIUS support, I purchased this new unit only to start a wasted day of frustration. UNIT does NOT start 1, 2, 3, and it was not easy to getting support from the local store or online.

    The result is the Genius at Apple support online ended up telling me to return the unit and consider another product. What?!? Because it wasn't what he though I needed... Well, I am going to return the TC and look at buying something else.

    Make sure anyone considering buying this reads the fine print. Only works with LION or later....and the latest IOS (NOT). Proved them wrong when it would not work on a current iPad.

    Always a first time for everything. So disappointed with this product and with Apple service. Makes me think twice now about considering the new Mac Pro and a new iPhone.

    62 of 88 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I'd like to like it but..

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    Instead of what I guess I've grown accustom to with Apple products just 'working' upon plug in, this unit was not the case. As someone that's installed many routers, setup dozens of networks, and am pretty well versed with computers, I expected setting up this device to be a breeze. My old Linksys router is shot, so I splurged $300 on this unit to contribute to my growing Apple monopoly. So far, its been somewhat of a disaster. After hours of phone calls to Apple and my ISP, I still do not have it setup. I ended up plugging my old router back in and just settled for its lagging speeds. Occasionally I will plug in the ethernet line to time capsule, only to get a blinking orange light that states I do not have an ISP address. If every other router (I tried a generic B router as well) can detect this, why can't Time Capsule? I do no know. Apple has told me I need to contact my ISP, as the issue is on their end, but its not, if I am able to plug my computer in via ethernet or use other routers. I'll give it a few days, if not, I guess I'll be returning this unit. I really had high expectations :-(

    53 of 73 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Time capsule - power off

    • Written by from Cluj napoca

    I have a big problem with my time capsule: randomly shuts down. I'm very dissapointed!

    53 of 73 people found this useful