• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Experience

    • Written by from Chicago

    Apple has done a great job integrating a backup system (Time Capsule) & AirPort Extreme WiFi into a high performance unit. I owned the older 5th generation Airport Extreme but it's signal was weak in some areas of my apartment. With this latest design having the antennas 6" off the base, it does appear to produce a much stronger signal allowing me to use my iPad, MacPro & iPhone even on my front porch.

    The Time Capsule is pretty much quiet and not even thought about. I do check in on the progress when it's backing up but things look good with no complaints so far.

    Can't wait until I get the new iPhone 5S to use the new 802.11ac speed this model offers offering wifi speeds up to 3 times faster. This model will carry me through the next few generations of Apple products I'll be getting in the future.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect except the packaging. HOLD FROM THE BOTTOM

    • Written by from Pennington

    Its amazing the amount of effort that goes into the packaging design of the product. Its so well done, but I have a bone to pick. I opened it at work, showed it to colleagues and put it back in the box. When I got home, and was grabbing my bag and a couple of other things with the time capsule it dropped out of the box within hours of receiving it. Its top heavy and you have to hold the box from the bottom. It got scuffed up and I had to push the bottom black piece in, but it works. Just annoyed.

    Otherwise the device is great. Much improved wireless, and time machine works great. Easy to setup share and well worth the money.

    16 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worthy upgrade but flawed 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!

    Note - Time Capsule has a small fan that constantly spins (even when the internal hard drive is not running) the AirPort Extreme does as well. The fan is not at all loud but is noticeable if you listen close, or the room is very quiet. I wonder if it will get any louder in the long term.

    Another thing to note is the AirPort Extreme can backup wirelessly to an external hard drive plugged in to it and also print to a USB printer as well if you use a USB hub. In other words, you may prefer to get the Airport Extreme instead if you already have an external hard drive. This may save you some money.

    A note about the product box: be very 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.

    103 of 106 people found this useful