Automatic wireless backup.
AirPort Time Capsule includes a 2TB or 3TB hard drive that works with Time Machine in OS X to create the perfect no-hassle backup solution.1 There are no cables, and you can back up all the Mac computers in your home to a central location — automatically, wirelessly, and in the background.
Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
With 802.11ac technology and a powerful beamforming antenna array, AirPort Time Capsule gives you up to 3x faster Wi-Fi and a stronger, clearer signal.2 And because it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time, your wireless devices will automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest performance possible.
Designed with performance in mind.
With the antennas at the top of the elevated design, AirPort Time Capsule now has a higher platform for dispersing the signal. We also increased the number of antennas. There are now six of them — three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. Together with 802.11ac technology, they let you connect faster, farther, and with more power than ever before.
Easy setup for iOS and OS X.
Connect your DSL or cable modem to AirPort Time Capsule and use the built-in setup assistant to create your new wireless network in just a few taps from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you’re using a Mac, use the built-in AirPort Utility. Setup is just as fast and just as easy.
Share your hard drive or printer.
AirPort Time Capsule can turn any external USB hard drive into a secure drive you can share across your Wi-Fi network. So all the documents, videos, photos, and other files instantly become available to anyone, Mac and PC users alike. You can even connect a printer and share it wirelessly.
Compatibility and security.
Any Wi-Fi device you have will work with AirPort Time Capsule. That’s because it’s compatible with devices using the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac specifications. And since AirPort Time Capsule features a built-in firewall that protects your network from malicious Internet attacks, you can enjoy the web with peace of mind.
What's in the Box?
- AirPort Time Capsule
- Printed documentation
- Power cord
Size and Weight
- Height: 6.6 inches (168 mm)
- Width: 3.85 inches (98 mm)
- Depth: 3.85 inches (98 mm)
- Weight: 3.26 pounds (1.48 kg)3
Connections and Expansion
- Gigabit Ethernet WAN port
- Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
- USB 2.0
- Built-in power supply
- IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac2
- Beamforming antenna array
- Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Number of Users
Setup and Administration
- Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and AirPort Utility 6.3
- iOS device with iOS 6 or later and AirPort Utility 1.3
Backup Using Time Machine
- Mac with OS X v10.5.7 or later
Wireless Device Access
- Any Wi-Fi-enabled device that uses the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac specification
Shared Printing with a USB Printer
- Mac with OS X v10.2.7 or later
- PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), or Windows 8
Shared USB Hard Drive
- Mac with OS X v10.4.8 or later
- PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), or Windows 8
Ratings & Reviews
Best router I've owned!
The main reason I bought this was for backups / other storage, but ended up with a very nice surprise.
I've tried many differen The main reason I bought this was for backups / other storage, but ended up with a very nice surprise.
I've tried many different brands / top of the line wifi routers to try and reach my TV/PS3 in a (wifi unfriendly) nook in my living room, only to return them since I would get no signal there. Only luck I've had is with my upgraded FIOS wifi router, but the signal is marginal at best. I ended up using a power line AV adapter to get a decent signal without having to wire ethernet.
Well I hooked up my new time capsule (directly next to my existing router) and tried it out just for fun in that location, not expecting to see anything. I got a FULL signal there...450 mbps connection. Did an internet speed test (I have the 50 mbps FIOS plan) - clocked at 45 mbps! My previous (and best) router got 5 mbps at best there...typically more like 1 - 2. VERY pleasantly surprised with this routers performance and range, so needless to say it has completely replaced my old router in addition to being a great backup drive. …
- Written by Erik N
1890 of 1992 people found this useful
Significant range/speed improvement
I purchased the AirPort Time Capsule with increased range in mind, as I don't have any devices that support 102.11ac yet. I figure I purchased the AirPort Time Capsule with increased range in mind, as I don't have any devices that support 102.11ac yet. I figured the additional antennas and new configuration would improve the range, and so far that seems to be the case. I was previously using a 1 TB Time Capsule, 102.11n, and devices in the back bedroom (about 100-125 feet away, around several corners) struggled to get a good signal.
I did several tests in the back corner of the back bedroom on my iPhone 5 (Speedtest.net app) before and after the upgrade. I have a 50+ MBPS connection. The average before the upgrade was 3.5 MPBS down and 0.75 MBPS up. After the upgrade, I averaged 7.5 MBPS down and 8.25 MPBS up. That is about 2x boost in speed down and 10x boost in speed up. Because I am still using the 102.11n technology, I believe that these speed increases are due to the improvement in range. …
- Written by Daniel M from Puyallup
1133 of 1239 people found this useful
Fantastic throughput, good hard disk
I am extremely happy with this Time Capsule. Using it as my base station with two Airport Express, three Airplay-capable sound sys I am extremely happy with this Time Capsule. Using it as my base station with two Airport Express, three Airplay-capable sound systems and numerous mobile devices (plus a Desktop) attached, I see way better throughput on the 5 GHz band than with my prior Airport Extreme. I have no problems constantly reaching 105+ Mbit/s connection speeds with this product. The hard disk is easily mounted and shows fast and reliable transfer speeds. Thumbs up, Apple. …
- Written by Sascha Michael T from Köln
1010 of 1091 people found this useful
2 Issues with Time Capsule
Actually, OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 UNDID my wireless access to backup - I now have to be connected to my Airport Time Capsule (an old Actually, OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 UNDID my wireless access to backup - I now have to be connected to my Airport Time Capsule (an older version) via ethernet. So backups are not happening automatically (my only cable is old, broken tab, needs to be carefully set up) my data is at risk. Looked for help on forum, just found others with same issue. Also - have not understood how the wi-fi router in Time Capsule is supposed to work with the wireless router that brings internet into my house: my ISP people tell me that the two routers will simply "fight with each other", undermining my internet delivery. Wish I could find answers more easily about this product. …
- Written by Janine G from Toronto
Worth Every Penny
This is the best router + NAS + backup storage. Works great with any USB Printer, USB Hub, External HDD and very easy to setup.
- Written by Faisal I from New York
3 years later and still runs perfect
Got this three years ago as a way for me to back up my hard drive, and to use as a router as I was going off to school. I have nev Got this three years ago as a way for me to back up my hard drive, and to use as a router as I was going off to school. I have never had a single issue or problem with it. The router capabilities are fantastic and it significantly increases the range for the internet. Tried a WD backup but had a few issues with it, so decided to upgrade to this. Love it and still do. …
- Written by Kristen H from Kanata
3 of 4 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
What's the difference between the AirPort Extreme and the AirPort Time Capsule?
- Asked by Price F from Abingdon
- Oct 7, 2013
- Asked about: AirPort Extreme
The AirPort Extreme is a wireless router. The Time Capsule is a wireless router with a built-in hard The AirPort Extreme is a wireless router. The Time Capsule is a wireless router with a built-in hard disk drive for backup purposes. …
- Answered by Ryan C from Berea
- Oct 13, 2013
Can I use the airport time capsule to also backup my iPad and iPhone
- Asked by Michael P from Valley Park
- Jul 21, 2013
I believe the correct answer is No, though it's not stated directly anywhere. Ideally, you would wan I believe the correct answer is No, though it's not stated directly anywhere. Ideally, you would want to use this product to backup your iPhone and iPad over WiFi so that you didn't need to use iCloud, but this is not supported. The solution being offered is to connect your iPhone or iPad to an OSX device, back them up using iTunes, and in-turn, those backup files would be copied over WiFi to the ATC. I agree that iCloud works well and is very convenient, but the pricing beyond a few Gigabytes is out of touch with reality, especially if you purchase one of the new iPhone 5/5c models at 32GB/64GB capacities. Thankfully, AppStore and iTunes purchases are backup up in their respective stores, but the majority of your space is likely to be photos and movies, and at full 1080p, your free iCloud allocation will be gone very quickly. …
- Answered by J.r. M from Brentwood
- Jan 9, 2014
can i use this as my comcast xfinity router
- Asked by Nicholas L from Chicago
- Mar 14, 2015
Yes. You can use Comcast's modem and the Airport as your router. That's what I do.
- Answered by Aaron V from Dupont
- Mar 16, 2015
In addition to Time Machine from networked Macs, can I use this to back up an external drive connected to the Time Capsule via USB?
- Asked by Joshua G from Brooklyn
- Jul 21, 2013
Yes! I just did it. You can connect an external hard drive and use the built-in time capsule HD! Yes! I just did it. You can connect an external hard drive and use the built-in time capsule HD! It will give you the option of alternating between the two for back ups. Redundancy it is! …
- Answered by Tony G from Little Rock
- Dec 3, 2013
what does the time capsule do? can i use this as an external hard drive to store movies on?
- Asked by Matt G from Burlington
- Nov 30, 2014
Yes you can. Also you can stream directly on Mac and iPhone/iPad via apps like Infuse.
- Answered by Faisal I from New York
- Mar 15, 2015
is it a wifi router?
- Asked by Kadrie Z
- Feb 11, 2015
"It’s also a full-featured Wi-Fi base station with the latest 802.11ac technology and simul Yes.
"It’s also a full-featured Wi-Fi base station with the latest 802.11ac technology and simultaneous dual-band support." …
- Answered by Peter N from Germantown
- Feb 23, 2015