• 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.

    102 of 118 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool, when it works

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Bought this device shortly after release. When it works, it's cool. But, most of the time I am dealing with connection drops and devices no longer seeing the Time Capsule. Sometimes I will lose internet connectivity, despite being still connected to the wireless. Only fix is to turn wireless on/off. Other times, I will lose my connection to the wireless network entirely. Very close to returning this unless a fix comes out in the very near future.

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!!!

    • Written by from kansas city

    The best ever!!

    1 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far so good...

    • Written by from Toronto

    I wasn't sure if it was going to make much of a difference from my 1st gen time capsule because i have no devices that utilize the newer 802.11ac wifi connections, however I already feel a speed difference and stability increase by quite a bit. I'd say 15% faster on a normal 802.11n.

    So for those looking to simply update there Time capsules, or airport system. I would say yes!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Time Capsule be a WIFI network Extender of AirPort Extreme?

    • Written by from SAN DIEGO

    Will the new Time Capsule extend the WIFI network of an Airport Extreme as it did in the past.
    In an 8000 SQ ft home, II needed 3 routers in the past. Time Capsule was like a middle man with multiple functions. Will this still be true with the newer versions?

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great But....

    • Written by from Glendora

    Everything works but I keep getting randomly dropped and it loses connection. Otherwise it's a great apple product.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Fantastic!

    • Written by from Portland

    Let me make a long story short - I've owned pretty much every brand of wireless router including D-Link, Netgear, and Motorola routers. My latest mistake was opting for a Motorola combo cable modem/WiFi router because it was about $100 cheaper than the AirPort Extreme and included the required cable modem. Boy was that a mistake. I live in a studio apt. with a small concrete wall dividing my bedroom from the living room, and I couldn't get a signal in bed. I resorted to buying a Netgear range extender, but it cut my speeds by about 90% so I finally gave up and just bought the AirPort. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! I now get 5 bars in my room with nearly 60 Mbps speed (on a 60 Mbps connection), and I couldn't be happier. This router is worth it's weight in gold. Save yourself a LOT of headaches with the other brands and get yourself one of these bad-boys now!

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router. The Best Yet!

    • Written by from Phoenixville

    I can't tell you how many high end routers I have had over the years (including other Airport models). This one I just tested and love it. It took only 2 minutes to set up. The key though is the range and throughput which are both better than any other router I have tried. Look, there are some people that say the wireless backup and access is a tad slow. That is true but it is wireless folks. If you are looking for the quickest speed for a extra drive go buy a WD raptor and plug it in to your computer via USB. I find the access time acceptable. If you are using it for Time Machine backups like me, it works in the background so you don't even know if it is fast or slow. Finally Apple designed and created a AirPort product up to the high build quality and performance of all their other products!

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router and Backup Device

    • Written by from Valencia

    I got this to go along with my Mid-2013 Macbook Air, and coming from using a Linksys E3000 router, this thing works great! Setup is super super easy using the airport utility, and its really nice to be able to set up a guest network. The speed and range is a lot better than my previous router and it is also easy to get to the storage device and my usb attached drive as well! I think the design is well put together as well. My time machine backups through wifi didnt take that long to back up 32 GB of space i was using in the air.

    3 of 5 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!

    159 of 191 people found this useful

  • 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.

    19 of 20 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.

    15 of 20 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.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Unexpectedly Amazed

    • Written by from RENO

    Noticeably faster speeds on all devices, none of which are .ac. The only surprise is the software interface needs to be rebooted to see changes such as new devices just joining the network.

    Made it hard to rejoin a speakers-enabled Express since I thought the program would update it's presence on the fly. Only when I closed the program and reopened it did it see the remote base station after painstakingly resetting it several times. Otherwise, very, very pleased. The addition of a guest network was a pleasant surprise. The packaging is the best yet from Apple, and that's saying a lot.

    3 of 3 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.

    137 of 174 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product. Terrible packaging. Beware!

    • Written by from MOOLOOLABA

    BEWARE! When unboxing this unit there is a very high chance of dropping it.

    The top outer box does not slide off easily so two hands will be required to pull the box apart. Unfortunately there is no supporting packaging around the capsule so with one hand holding the top box and one holding the bottom box the unit just falls out to the floor.

    For all the stunning packaging Apple has for other products its amazing they let this one through.

    Once running (hopefully not damaged) this product is a dream to set up and its range is fantastic. Very quiet and a great small footprint. Highly recommend just be careful opening.

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The coolest Time Capsule yet!... No, really, it's "cool"!

    • Written by from Pike Road

    I owned a 500GB Time Capsule, which most of the time was as hot as my 1st Gen Apple TV, not to mention the hot footprint that the unit leaves. This new Time Capsule not only has a significantly smaller footprint when compared to older models, but even after performing an initial backup of 500GB the unit and surrounding area is cool to the touch!

    1 of 2 people found this useful