• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Combination

    • Written by from MEMPHIS

    I replaced a Linksys E4200 WiFi with the AirPort Time Capsule 3TB. First thing i noticed, the improved signal strength and speed. I am able to use wireless N 5GHz on my devices without any issues. Setup was very easy except the limited selections for IP settings on the network. I like to use a custom IP, but with this device, only limited to 3 static choices in the IPv4 range. Also, you cannot limit the number of connections on the Guest WiFi.
    There are only 3 Ethernet ports. I guess Apple wants us to use the Wifi.
    The built-in 3TB HDD is great for Apple's Time Machine.
    There is drawback that AppleCare is not available for the product. Not sure if I need it since all my Apple devices has not failed in 3 years that i owned them.
    The design is great.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    wireless network is terrible! much worse signal strength than older model!

    • Written by from Frederick

    The signal strength from my old Time Capsule was MUCH better. It is so bad that I had to set up my old Time Machine nearby and then use it to extend my wireless network to get reliable signals in my home. It still "drops" my signal at various times (the old Time Machine never did that!) and ticks me off when I am trying to download something, listen to music, or watch a video. I have been through the setup for this thing multiple times and have even reset it to factory settings, then tried setting it up again. Nothing works. Sorry to have spent $399 for such a piece of junk!

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Happy

    • Written by from Scottsdale

    I've had the 3TB TC for about six months or so. It has been excellent. I connect my three Macs, MP 5,1 (just sold), 2012 mini and 2012 MBP by Ethernet when on my desk. The MBP and iPhone 5c frequently use WiFi. I've had no configuration or connection issues at all.

    The poor thing has even been tortured a little bit by having the reconfigured mini and sold Mac Pro sparsebundles deleted. On another occasion I deleted the TC just to start out fresh with TM backups from the mini and MBP.

    For awhile the TC was holding backups from all three Macs. Could I be happier? Sure, another couple of Ethernet ports and a 4TB or 5TB option.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great so far for me.

    • Written by from Wrexham

    I've just purchased this from Manchester Airport (tax free - 256 quid if you're looking for a bargain) to replace the BT Homehub 3 using BT Infinity 2 (76Mbps+).

    Much faster than the Homehub, which needed rebooting more than daily. Even the ethernet was terrible when it threw a wobbler.

    This has been running really fast for me.

    Needed to enable the 5GHz network broadcast to let my rMPB communicate in ac, whilst all my n devices stay on the 2.4Ghz Network.
    This can be done via Aiport Utility > Click on Time Capsule> Edit > Wireless Tab > Wireless Options.

    The rMPB retains at minimum 877Mbps connection and gets higher, 1.72 ms ping to Time Capsule from rMPB over ac with 4 other devices connected and Netflix streaming in HD to Apple TV.
    Wireless n works as it should.

    Ethernet connection (Apple TV, Xbox 360) both are quick.

    And by mounting the backup drive in finder (under "Shared" in the sidebar - may have to be enabled in Finder > Preferences > Sidebar Tab) you can use the built in backup disk as a shared network drive)

    A Freecom Mobile Mg is in the USB2 port (Which should be USB3!), and is quick and easy to access.

    Tip: If you have a network drive mounted in finder, you can drag if to System Preferences > Users + Groups > Login Items to have the network drives auto mount when you login.

    You can also go to finder > Preferences > General and check Connected Servers to see drives on your desktop.

    So, looks pretty cool, beam forming seems to work, access over WAN is sleek (over Back to my Mac -but be careful with your passwords!).

    I am satisfied. 1/2 Star off because of USB 2 and not 3, and 1/2 star because of the lack of information regarding having to enable broadcasting at 5GHz to take advantage to take advantage of ac speeds. Took a little bit of thought, should be clearly indicated somewhere.

    From "The Register UK"
    "The 2013 Time Capsule can broadcast simultaneously on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. However, 802.11ac only operates on 5GHz – leaving the 2.4GHz frequency to 802.11n – where it doubles the standard channel width from 40MHz to 80MHz."

    BTW Google "using an apple time capsule with bt infinity" for how to connect to bt.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for a year and a few weeks

    • Written by from West Babylon

    Purchased this on June 22,2013, it worked great for a year and a few weeks, now it just makes a clicking noise and doesn't put out wifi. My last few experiences with Apple have been extremely painful making me question my faith in their iMacs and now Time Capsules.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very slow!!!! Muy muy muy muy lentoooooooo

    • Written by from Bogota

    It's very slow!!! Made a backup using time machine take 14 hours (only 300 GB).
    Es muy lento, copiar cualquier archivo toma horas. Hacer el backup con time machine puede llegar a tomar 14 horas y eso que son sólo 300 GB.

    14 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the money -- just get a firewire hard drive

    • Written by from Menlo Park

    This product is immensely frustrating. It may work OK initially, but wait until you upgrade to the next gen software, like Mavericks. Want to plug it in via ethernet for longer backups -- get ready to try this multiple times and return to find a "Backup Failed" message for reasons that require a lot of effort to resolve. Unless you have an office environment, you're just going to turn off the "hourly" backups out of frustration. Want to change the frequency of the backups, get ready to buy a third party app that works about half the time. Do yourself a favor, just look at all of the support topics for this product and all of the frustrated users. Yes, the concept is great and it is another slick looking Apple product, but you're paying a lot of money for basic wireless functionality that's available from other dedicated storage makers.

    24 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Investment I have made in Apple Equipment

    • Written by from saint louis

    Wireless connection so unreliable that It is going into the trash.

    14 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Seamless installation and connectivity

    • Written by from Singapore

    The way my apartment is designed, I needed two 'networks' in the home - one for the front and one for the back. The problem was that in order to print I had to go to the back to print. I also had the old Time Capsule in the back and the Time Machine on my laptops would only work when I was in the back of the flat. Unfortunately, the old Time Capsule had only 1TB space, which was insufficient for 2 Macs in the home.
    Decided to buy this new AirPort Time Capsule. Awesome connectivity. The whole home is covered with printing, scanning and backup for the 2 Macs. I now use, the old Time Capsule to save my Photo and Music libraries.
    No regrets - as usual.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    perfect...

    • Written by from Media

    added this unit to expand my wifi network and to use for storage. set up was simple and it performs flawlessly. the new wifi channel's range is unreal! buy it.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Well worth the $$$!

    • Written by from Memphis

    We had a HD failure and immediately regretted not having one of these. The setup was easy and only took 5 minutes. I have not yet seen the speed enhancement that reviews have talked about so thats a bummer.

    My only gripe is that it didn't come with a CAT 5/network cable. For $399, it should come with it even if its only a 3-5ft cable, simply because you need it. It wouldn't take much talent to throw one in the box. From a manufacturer cost perspective cables are dirt cheap.

    The minute your MB Pro, iMac, or any IOS device fails it'll be worth its weight in gold.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple, fast, and excellent signal strength.

    • Written by from CLEARWATER

    I am very impressed of how easy and fast it was to be up and running took all of 3 minutes after clicking for the first time.

    1st the back up is easy and fast, and best of all its automatic.
    2nd its all very seamless, to save to , access, and have in your house.
    3rd its a ton of storage that will take a bit to fill up, but with ethernet and USB expandability you can add plenty more.

    Buy it so worth it, and my wifi signal is nearly goof a block and half away.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow router!

    • Written by from toronto

    "Upgraded" to this from an older version of AirPort Extreme.

    Have to re- boot this every couple of days.

    I hard cabled my iMac to my router 'cause the airport is so unreliable. Right now my air book kept crapping out on internet. Did a speed test. On two wifi connected iBooks and my iPad vs. my hard wired iMac.

    49.8 Mbps downloads hard wired to router....3.89 Mbps over the wireless network. And yes, I made sure no other devices were in the wireless network.

    Yeah, it is that bad.

    Going to re hook up my old Extreame.

    $400 paperweight.

    27 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk

    • Written by from Brisbane

    I spent 6 hours trying to get this to work. Connected minimum cables to keep it simple. Power on and get solid amber as per book. Then it goes to flashing amber and stays there, no green light that indicates I can go to setup utility. Modem is working, existing wifi is working. This second time that Apples "simple setup" is not so simple. Will try again later today, then it's back to Apple Shop for a replacement or refund. There are cheaper alternatives for faster wifi but not so pretty.

    30 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    massive waste of money

    • Written by from TAMARIN

    I recently got the 3TB APTC. It was very easy to set up and works well as a router, however its a COMPLETE FAIL as a hard drive which is the the selling point (price) of the device. It constantly looses wireless connection with my early 2013 Macbook Pro, which in turn means I can't back up anything.. Through reading posts, it seems to be a Mavericks problem, but Mavericks has been out for months now and this problem should have been resolved by now!!
    To top it all off, to create a wired connection to my mac I now need to buy a ethernet-thunderbolt connection from apple, because my macbook deosnt have ethernet and the APTC doesn't have Thunderbolt.. really annoyed!!
    Don't buy until apple resoles this issue..

    65 of 88 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    not high speed intermittent access - spins down too soon

    • Written by from Ringoes

    the signal strength is improved over the previous model, but the "power save" feature means a 5 second delay every time I go back to the network.
    my morning workflow I grab a file, work on it about 2 mins, then save and grab the next one. the disk spins down in between. aargh !

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad outside, great inside

    • Written by from Fort Collins

    Like a few have mentioned here, white is horrible and clashes with everything, even your other black and silver Apple products. So I got (non metallic) paint and fixed it.

    Get it together Apple, you make NOTHING else white except the worst selling color of phones. Make this match!

    Five stars for the software, minus two for the awkward design and color, usually Apple's forte, so a little disappointed.

    4 of 34 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Wifi Range

    • Written by from Frisco

    Purchased new a few months ago as a replacement/upgrade to my old Netgear wifi unit. Also like the combo feature of storage plus wifi.

    I do a lot of work on my back patio so range is very important. My old Netgear unit provided plenty of range (4-5 bars) but this new Airport is much lower, usually around 2 bars and very slow.

    The unit is two rooms away from my patio and there are no obstructions. I probably should have returned the unit but kept in hope that I could somehow improve the range. The unit is about 40 ft from my patio connected to my iMac.

    The storage capability seems to work just fine but is you are looking for a solid wifi product I think I would consider other alternatives.

    17 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My first 3TB Time Capsule

    • Written by from Peoria Heights

    I walked into the store in search for a decent size capacity hard drive and in the back of my mind was hardwired G drive maybe with 1TB of storage. The associate recommended the time capsule and unlike me I did not ask a trillion questions, nor did I research the item before I made the purchase. Its fantastic to access and save to 3TB, in addition I can access with all my iOS devices over there wireless web. Im still researching how to access the time capsule over cellular, but so far Im coming up empty handed. I give this item a very high rating due to the size, space and honestly folks about everywhere we go we have wireless access. Its like having your own cloud.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a good router. Not a good network Disk.

    • Written by from South Colby

    Very disappointed. The hard drive portion of the product is supposed to be a network disk, but it will not stay mounted. It just drops off and disconnects when it feels like it. So, when the network disk dismounts there is no backup and - for me - no security system. Very serious flaw. Would NOT buy again.

    61 of 88 people found this useful