• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Very Impressed... Slow to Backup on Snow Leopard

    • Written by from Beavercreek

    I spent the extra $100 to get the latest and now wish I went with the older (and cheaper) tried and true. Setup was ok, although confusing at times particulary when a screen shared auto configuration with blanks for manual settings and no clear header saying those blanks were for manual configuration. The instructions on that screen also read more like they were written for a computer programmer rather than an end user. That all being said, the real disappointment is the slow, slow, slow backup speed So far it's taken 2 hours to backup 75GB. And it seems to take 2-5 minutes to startup. What's with that? The Apple rep told me this was the latest and greatest and it is the future, but honestly it's at least five times slower than what it's replacing. Maybe it will get better after the first backup, I don't know, but right out of the box it's a disappointment for backup. The Wi-Fi seems to work good, but that's not really the main reason why I bought it. Remember, Time Machine backs up every hour and at that slow speed it's going to be running into itself If I add more than 40GB of data.

    17 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Get this now!

    • Written by from ATLANTA

    For years we suffered with a router that required daily rebooting. The Time Capsule does its job all day, every day. You do nothing.

    We have Comcast service and the measured speed on Apple devices has gone from 7 MB down to a blazing 50 Mbps. Wireless range has improved and setup is a snap.

    Yes, it's a tad pricy, but you get what you pay for. Get one and enjoy it.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Careful with packaging!!

    • Written by from Carrboro

    I read many reviews complaining about the packaging.. I thought they all sounded whiny but I went ahead and expected hazard when opening so I was really really careful ...and it STILL dropped out of the box and crashed on the floor! There is no way to prepare for the unboxing of this poorly-packaged product ..maybe just do it over a bunch of pillows. You've been warned! (again)

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very highly recommended

    • Written by from San Francisco

    My old (version 5) Airport Time Machine has worked well, but the signal did not reach everywhere in our three-story house. I had read that the signal strength might improve with newer devices, so on a whim I decided to buy this new version. The setup could not have been easier, even by Apple standards--I moved the modem cable to the new Airport and plugged it in. Upon opening Airport Utility, the new device was identified and the new device seamlessly replaced the old. So none of my devices, including Apple TV, the kids' video game consoles, and even a Samsung Blu-ray player had to rejoin (the last one is pretty annoyingly cumbersome). Out of curiosity I clicked on my old Airport and the utility asked me if I wanted to use it to extend the network. I placed it elsewhere in the house and it works great.

    Speeds? On SpeedTest I went from (Comcast cable) 18Mb/sec to 36Mb/sec. Pretty incredible for a few minutes of setup.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not made for saving Adobe CS files... (?)

    • Written by from Ste-Adele

    I Bought the airport TC 2TB to use as an external hard drive and a router... The Router part of it works just fine! The External Hard Drive part of it is not as great if you work on Adobe Creative Suite. Can't save Photoshop or Illustrator files without crashing... an unknown problem that feeds threads on the forums. If you use as Back up with Time Machine... then buy it, if you plan on working on it, saving files, especially if you do Graphic Design, it just doesn't do it! - I tried calling Apple, checking with Adobe... no one seems to have the solution. The 2 stars is for the Router part. I returned the item since it was no use for me.

    28 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice and good-looking router

    • Written by from Παλαιό Φάληρο

    It's one of the very few and robust home solutions for backing up hard drive! At the same time is a very good wi-fi router.

    Plus:
    It's silent, I have met some routers that make a lot of noise

    Very easy to setup with any apple device or windows 7.

    I simultaneously synchronize my iphone, run back up, surf the internet, stream HD content on my apple TV without a hussle and all these through my 72Mbps settled laptop speed.

    Minus are:
    It's mildly hot all the time, not extremely though

    It's formatted as FAT32 so it won't serve windows machines always at it's best. For example Windows System Image requires NTFS.

    You can plug in only FAT32 Hard Drives. If you have a disk formatted otherwise, then it will show up but it won't be usable.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to install

    • Written by from Houston

    I bought this product to improve the backup speed from a 3rd party NAS device. Since this product also had wireless routing capability, I decided to also replace my Airport Express in the hopes of seeing an improvement in range.

    What really impressed me was how easy the setup was. When I plugged the device into the network it asked me if I wanted to add it the the network as a new wireless network, extend the range of an existing network, or replace existing network. I chose to replace. It imported the configuration from my airport express, set my old airport express to default settings. None of the dozen wireless products in my home even noticed the difference. Sometimes reconfiguring a wifi enabled thermostat is a pain when you change wireless routers. In this case the device never skipped a beat.

    You get what you pay for and in this case I feel this a bargain.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It is Perfect!

    • Written by from Fort Lauderdale

    I acquired a week ago my Airport Time Capsule 2 TB, perfectly packed usual in apple, easy to install, i did a backup of 300 GB in 3 hours,it is Ok, my surprise was when I connect my ASUS Router RTAC66U to the TC by a Ethernet cable, Automatically in seconds I have two high-speed Network at home!

    6 of 7 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.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router I've owned yet

    • Written by from Franklinton

    Have had Linksys, Netgear and a couple of other non name brand routers through the years. But this Airport Time Capsule-2TB delivers fast, strong and reliable wireless signal anywhere in my home. To compare, I can be 100+ feet away with a small office, trees and several walls inbetween and still get 40 Mbps. Same spot with the linksys and netgear router I barely get 2-5 Mbps. Also the automatic backup to the Airport Time Capsule ensures flawless and complete back ups.

    Apple, I sincerely thank you for consistently making such easy to use, high quality products.

    5 of 6 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.

    99 of 119 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.

    133 of 146 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Just got my new Time Capsule

    • Written by from Homestead

    I outgrew my old Time Capsule so time for a new one. I bought the 2GB version and overall the set up was in true Apple style, dummy proof. Things were up and running in a matter of minutes. What I don't like is that it does not provide any configuration settings that will allow you to monitor internet traffic. Great router, very strong signals throughout the house. If it had some advance settings I'd be more generous with my ratings.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not offer advanced settings such as SNMP Config...

    • Written by from LISMORE

    Product works well enough, but does not provide advance settings which is a problem if you want to use a tool like NetUse to monitor your routers internet traffic. I know that I can revert back to using Airport Utility 5.6 to be able to config SNMP but shouldn't have to. Re-introduce advanced configuration settings to this product and I will happily give it 5 stars.

    10 of 10 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.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great reputation, great performance!

    • Written by from East Burke

    I had an Airport base station and had no complaints at all, when I saw this one coming out I told to myself, I want one! Do I need one? Maybe not... However, having the combo of an Airport station and Time Machine was the big upgrade for me.

    Totally recommend this unit, works great and performance is outstanding. Pricy, but I would say it will be years before I have to think about upgrading again!

    Thanks Apple!! Again...
    MR

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Even my Garage has strong signal now!

    • Written by from Aliso Viejo

    I have owned an Apple Time Capsule since 2008. I appreciate the tight integration with Mac's Time Machine backups. This is my 3rd Time Capsule from Apple. It works flawlessly. But what is really amazing with the latest iteration is the strength of the wi-fi signal throughout my 1800 square foot, three level town home. It sits on the top floor. It covers every square inch of my town home with strong signals. But the "coup de gras" was my realization that my iPhone had full wi-fi strength in my garage (even outside of it)! I never had connections in the garage. Overall, this is another great time machine.

    4 of 4 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.

    101 of 117 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    it's great.

    • Written by from Cambridge

    great range and automatic time machine backups. enough said.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Odd Form Factor

    • Written by from Lafayette

    Sure, it looks cool, but the 3.8 inch square will not fit in a standard 3.5 inch deep structured wiring enclosure like On-Q Legrand or Leviton. I guess Apple think that most people proudly display their routers on their desks or mantles.

    10 of 19 people found this useful