AirPort Time Capsule - 3TB

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  • Overview

    Back up a lifetime’s worth of memories with AirPort Time Capsule, a wireless hard drive that works seamlessly with Time Machine in OS X. It’s also a fully featured Wi-Fi base station with the latest 802.11ac technology and simultaneous dual-band support. Choose from 2TB and 3TB models.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

    Tech Specs

      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

    Wireless

    IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac2

    Beamforming antenna array

    Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz

    Number of Users

    50

    System Requirements

    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

  • 2.5 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
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    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Intermittent shutdown problems...Latest version has engineering problems!

      I have had Apple routers and Time capsules for many years and until recently the experience has been mostly good. However, that said, I am very disappointed wit I have had Apple routers and Time capsules for many years and until recently the experience has been mostly good. However, that said, I am very disappointed with the performance of my second 3TB TC purchased in late 2014. I have had to return and exchange it twice now and am currently "testing" the third unit. It would appear there is a serious hardware or firmware problem that leads the device to power down intermittantly. It can power down once or twice a day sometimes, or may go for a week or more just fine then quite. The only way to reset it is unplug and replug the power cable and it sputters back to life. The sign of failure, apart from the obvious is the LED light goes off (while still plugged in). Apple have been pretty good and quick about providing a new unit. I am surprised though they cannot seem to read or access the TC diagnostics on board which supposedly get sent back to the mother ship also? Looking into the logs it is, and should be possible for the techs to see if thermal or other factors tripped the unit OFF. Oh well..I'll continue testing #3 and hope for the best this time. I think its most likely the latest engineering version thats at fault. Its worth noting my original 3TB TC purchased in 2010-2011 works just fine and has never given any problems.

      • Written by Laurel D from Anchorage

      95 of 101 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Intermittent shutdown problems...Latest version has engineering problems!

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Poor range & Inconsistent connection:

      In order to maintain connectivity you will find yourself cycling wifi on and off on your devices throughout the day. Better to use something else or wait until In order to maintain connectivity you will find yourself cycling wifi on and off on your devices throughout the day. Better to use something else or wait until Apple corrects whatever is wrong with the firmware on these.

      • Written by Richard M from Indianapolis

      61 of 65 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Poor range & Inconsistent connection:

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Love it, but it's got it's it's quirks

      Seamless, invisible, reliable, inane. This product serves well and transparently as both a WIFI router and backup. It's the second iteration of Time Capsule th Seamless, invisible, reliable, inane. This product serves well and transparently as both a WIFI router and backup. It's the second iteration of Time Capsule that I've relied upon for years. Yet, in the two instances they've each been called upon to save the day, they just didn't quite deliver. Each failure was accompanied by a permanent "Disk Temporarily Unavailable" notice. These occasions were hair-raising and tense, and after days of round-about-work-arounds I was able to retrieve my data. Imagine that, my data actually coming back to me from a device that was purchased to do just that. Sounds easy enough, but this product just doesn't deliver when it's needed. Either that, or I've had some pretty lousy luck. The process by which success came was circuitous, doubtful, annoying, and tedious... All words I've never used to describe an Apple product. As much as I like Apple and the concept of this product, I'll be foregoing it shortly in favor of a different strategy.

      • Written by John R from Clarence Center

      52 of 58 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Love it, but it's got it's it's quirks

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Works as it should

      I have new to my 3TB two 1TB Time Capsules, this 3 TB Capsule is nice, the backup of devices, the web connection and all it should do, works with no big problem I have new to my 3TB two 1TB Time Capsules, this 3 TB Capsule is nice, the backup of devices, the web connection and all it should do, works with no big problems. Since I use them behind my router i have a secure WIFI/WLAN proving and a nice quite and secret backup of all my apple devices. Thats is really a great solution. One just has to stay inside the apple family, no hybrid solutions and no mix. Since I kicked all D-Link and other wanna be Routers out, my WiFI Home network stays stable and reachable for ALL mobile, and all TV Streaming and ALL Music streaming in all 4 BR! (Although I leave a FRITZ BOX from Germany at the etisalat LAN direct access. Best Firewall and protection.) So all trouble in the net is either from etisalat hick-ups or because one TimeCapsule needs a Firmware update. But then the Apple WiFi Airport Utility flares up and shows the trouble maker...

      • Written by Dr. Hans J. P from Solingen

      Is this review useful?Works as it should

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Reboot and overheating errors.

      Had the unit a few months and it started dropping connections with the internet and local machines. DIscovered the indicator on the front was Yellow all of the Had the unit a few months and it started dropping connections with the internet and local machines. DIscovered the indicator on the front was Yellow all of the time. Used the Airport app on my Mac to find out it was overheating all of the time and forcing near constant reboots. This unit was not running in a hot or closed location. I called for support and the rep asked what I did to break the unit because no one ever has problems with it. He then told me that my problem was customer created and I did 't qualify for support!!! Between this and my $300 beats wireless headphones breaking maybe buying 'Apple' products isn't such a good idea anymore...

      • Written by Richard N from LAs Vegas

      14 of 14 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Reboot and overheating errors.

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Almost excellent

      This is the third time capsule in 6 years. My second 3tb unit. Is almost excellent. Setup is so easy. The only complaints from me is the USB 2.0 speed and the This is the third time capsule in 6 years. My second 3tb unit. Is almost excellent. Setup is so easy. The only complaints from me is the USB 2.0 speed and the non Apple support to access the time capsule from iOS devices. Wifi speed is very fast and you can add visitors network too. 5ghz also works fine with a long coverage too. I always used all the time capsule products with belkin power outlet to ensure damage free from electricity network. You can buy this with confidence, and I hope the discontinued rumors will be just rumors. I add 4 stars for missing options I mention above.

      • Written by Spyridon A from Thessaloniki

      9 of 9 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Almost excellent

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