• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Connectivity issues.

    • Written by from Chicago

    After 5 years it was time to upgrade the old Time Machine. The speed on the 11ac version is great. But it is constantly losing connection. I bought one TC, and it was dropping connection with my iphone or ipad all the time. I had to powerdown and power back up (or toggle airplane more) almost constantly. Then, when my macbook tried to run a time machine backup, it gets interrupted every time since it can't hold the signal.

    I returned the initial unit (past the 14 days, but I think the store told employees to take them). I really like the idea of the new TC so I just got a new one on the spot. Its having the same issues. Very frustrating. I'm not giving up, and I'm hopeful that its just a software issue. But I really wish apple would hurry up and come up with a remedy.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Upgrade!

    • Written by from Jamestown

    Originally I had the older model of time capsule. This upgrade was certainly satisfying! Set-up is easy, automatically backs up my computer and the internet is much faster!

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea poorly executed

    • Written by from Beverly

    I had a Time Capsule for a year and a half before it died. That's not lot long after the warranty expired. It simply stopped powering on. Well, at least the hard drive itself is probably fine, so data recovery should be easy, right? Alas, retrieving the physical hard drive is not trivial (although there are sites that provide a walk-through for how to do it.)

    This was not my first trouble with the Time Capsule. Once it simply refused further backups, and had to be reformatted before it could be used for backups again.

    The idea of automatic backups without user action is great, so I think the *idea* of Time Capsule is terrific. But my experience is that it's unreliable, and there's not much point in an unreliable backup.

    23 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Disappointed since I am a huge Apple fan

    • Written by from Old Bridge

    I was very excited and to make this purchase. I thought that this would be another perfect purchase to add to my Apple world here at home.
    I brought it home, hooked it up, set it all up, and I was excited to see how quick and easy that process was. I would say I was up and running within 20 minutes.
    I went into my family room and turned on the TV. Turned on my Apple TV and rented a movie. Too my surprise I saw major streaming issues. I thought maybe I had forgotten a step in the process, so I set it up one more time. Returned to the TV and again the streaming was less than par. I thought maybe my service provider was having an issue, but when I re-set up my old router (NetGear R6300) once again. Went to the TV room and started to watch the movie, it was perfect. I then concluded that Apple is good with the devices, but maybe needs work in the networking arena. I now have the most expensive paper weight I have ever purchased.

    Apple do yourself a favor, do not develop the Microsoft mentality, rush it to market and fix it later. There is a reason I switched from that world to yours.

    21 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but not a home run!

    • Written by from Louisville

    The Time Capsule is a great router and an excellent backup device. It would be perfect if Apple simply made it support DLNA like every other router on the face of the earth! This way you could stream to your Apple TV / Smart TV device from its file share.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Compatibility problems with Comcast modem

    • Written by from OKEMOS

    I have all Apple equipment including a new iMac. It was very difficult to get this to work with my internet modem. I spent hours on the phone with people from my internet provider and Best Buy where I bought the product. I worked with two different people at Apple support trying to fix the problem. After almost 3 hours we finally got it to function.

    Lesson Learned: There was a compatibility issue related to our Internet provider Comcast.

    Recommendation: If possible, try to do your homework before you buy to see if there are any known issues between your provider/modem and the Apple Time Capsule. If you discover that there have been compatibility problems then plan on working with Apple to get the router to work properly.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs Much Improvement

    • Written by from Van Nuys

    I Love All of my Apple products, and figured this would be a great tech piece to compliment the efficiency of all my devices. I was wrong, and returned this product within a week. It's not as user friendly as advertised, and the time capsule feature was difficult to access, while the information that was backed up was also only accessible via my MacPro and not my iPad or iPhone. There are better combinations of products to get from Apple meanwhile. The Airport Extreme shall suffice just fine for any WiFi speedster, since the wireless signal is strong and fairly fast, but I'd wait until the next release of this product since there will most likely be big software and other UI improvements.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow copies

    • Written by from Denver

    Time capsule might sound awesome, but let me tell you: it is not fast copying to it. At all. Copying GBs of stuff to it or from it takes hours and hours. Brand new MacBook Air and time capsule and copying files to and from the capsule is the slowest thing I've ever seen. It's a lot like downloading a Cyndi Crawford picture in 1985 using a 300 baud modem.

    I love the router part, always have used airport base stations. This is my first try with a time capsule and it is ridiculous. Even the computer trying to time machine to it is insane. Maybe I've been spoiled with my Mac Pro time machining to an internal hard drive. I'll probably just continue using time machine with a USB hdd.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This is the one to get.

    • Written by from Green Valley

    Replaced previous (too small) external hard drive and Airport Extreme with this unit.

    Airport (WiFi) function superior to previous Airport Extreme...which is saying a lot because the Airport Extreme is a REALLY good router. Had to mess a bit with Airport Express device used for network extender but actually easy once I resolved my ignorance via Apple phone support...took minutes.

    Hard drives in the Time Capsule are neither fast nor slow...about average. However, the actual function is totally smooth, noiseless, brainless, and automatic. Thing just sits there and works. Excellent product. Would have given five stars if faster drives....small deal given the intended function.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work

    • Written by from Clearwater

    I received the 2TB Airport Time capsule for a Christmas gift. Setup was very easy, but it would not read an external hard drive. I tried three different hard drives, the unit would not detect them. When I left the range of the wifi with my iPhone or iPad, I could not reconnect without restarting the Airport. I was very disappointed with the unit. I had it for four days and had to restart it over ten times.

    27 of 42 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Connects to all my Apple products and has NAS capability

    • Written by from SAN JOSE

    The Time Capsule connects to all of my Apple products including a MacBook Air (mid 2013), MacBook Pro (late 2011), iPhone5,iPod, iPad, and Apple TV without any problems.

    The setup was relatively easy with the current Airport Utility in the Finder->Utilties Folder. You only have to enter the Time Capsule name and the WIFI network a name and password. It didn't seem to work at first but when I powered down both my cable modem and Time Capsule they both came up without any problem and I could join my network. The 2.4 and 5.0 Ghz channels are chosen automatically or you can choose them yourself. (A useful tool is WiFi Explorer from the App Store which shows all the nearby network and how you compare to them).

    I'm using the Time Capsule for Time Machine backups on both my MacBook Air and Pro. Expect the initial backup to take an hour or more depending on the amount of data on your internal drive.

    Setting up an external USB drive as NAS worked. 1) format the USB drive, 2) connect it to the Time Capsule was easy. Finding the USB drive was a bit obscure:
    1 - Finder->Network
    2 - Click on the Time Capsule
    3 - Click on the USB name
    4 - the USB NAS appears on the desktop and you can drag and drop to the NAS. I find it a bit more convenient than Air Drop. Caution: do not eject NAS or Time Capsule using Disk Utility. You might have to reboot to get the drive back. Use the Finder->Eject or Applescript->Eject.

    I have read some criticism that the Time Capsule only has a USB 2.0 port but I suspect that the speed is limited by the Network speed not the drive. Also an internal drive instead of an SSD drive adds to the delay. Why waste a USB 3.0 drive when the WIFI speed is so much slower?

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost, but not quite.

    • Written by from London

    Don't get me wrong this is a great Time Capsule, however I think Apple has let us down. Wireless is great for day to day backing up, though initial backups and full restores tend to be so much quicker using a cable. Sometimes we just don't have hours to leave a MacBook at home doing a full restore or back up using wireless. Every new Mac comes with Apple's own Thunderbolt drive; infact there is now Thunderbolt 2. So why would they not include it in their new Time Capsule for those occasions when we want to do it a little faster?
    What a let down that there is no Thunder Bold.

    33 of 56 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Time capsule = JUNK

    • Written by from Sacramento

    I have been a mac/apple fan boy since the late 90's and have had nothing but good things to say; repeated referrals; and constant upgrades. My time capsule is the biggest waste of money ever spent on technology; and to make it even worse no support from apple. Investing several hundred dollars on something that quits far before my cheap external hard drive is an embarrassment.

    33 of 57 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited feature set for router

    • Written by from Durham

    I have owned the time capsule for at least a couple months now. The range and signal are fantastic all over the house and out in the yard. I have one PC and one Mac backing up to it, including the use of an external USB HDD.

    The negatives are around the lack of domain and port filtering. Every router I've had previously has had some capability to white- or black-list domains or block specific ports (e.g. XBox). I've partially solved that problem with OpenDNS.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Useful as a wireless router.

    • Written by from Cambridge

    The 5GHz wireless performance of this model is considerably improved over prior models. A minor complaint is that the orientation of the ethernet sockets should have been rotated by 90 degrees. It is rather difficult to disengage the clip that locks the ethernet plugs in place. Access to the internal disk drive is very slow and its usefulness as network attached storage is limited. It took about a minute to transfer 1GB to the time capsule using a wired connection. This is a rate of about 16MB/second.

    14 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Time Capsule and Air Port Base

    • Written by from Austin

    The main purpose for this purchase was the better distance antenna. It impressed me, I'm so happy Apple makes great products that just work. The migration from my old Time Capsule was seamless and fast and intuitive. Definitely recommend, I can be out at pool in the back yard with great connection and speed.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Wireless Router

    • Written by from Hooksett

    I just picked this up today as a replacement for my airport extreme gen. 5. Setup was incredibly easy, less than 15 minutes even with the firmware update. I did not even have to reset the airport express that is also on the same network. This is a noticeable improvement in speed over the airport extreme I replaced. The signal beaming seems to be very effective. Glad I purchased this.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very impressed

    • Written by from Temecula

    Bought the new TC 2GB tonight to support 802.11AC on my new MBA when it will arrive early next week. I already have 3 routers at home, 1 from Verizon FIOS and 2 Linksys E1200 as 1 router doesn't cut it in the house.
    Setup was extremely easy, I have a MacPro with no wireless connected to one of the LAN ports, it took ~ 1 min and airport utility popped up and it took ~ 2 min to go through all menus and set the router up. It automatically set up in bridge mode which is exactly what I wanted, as I want all my computers on the same subnet.
    Performance on my MacPro (wired) appears to be slightly better.

    So far very happy with my purchase, now I can't wait to get my new MBA to have a real speedy wireless network ...

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Router

    • Written by from East Patchogue

    Excellent speeds and range. I have a very tight area in same area as my AV equipment (not optimal for range) and I get full bars all over my house in N-speeds. Once new MacBook Pros come out, I will get full advantage of ac, but still with internet speeds at 55/8, I'm sure the difference will not be fully realized. The one hiccup I did have was when I had everything hardwired with a 8 port switch, I needed to renew the DHCP lease, and now everything over ethernet is working just like before. Another excellent piece of hardware from the best!

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product!!

    • Written by from San Diego

    The best router I've ever owned!! Fantastic build quality! Excellent signal coverage, Throughout my apartment!

    15 of 21 people found this useful