• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid wifi and reliable backups. I love it!

    Another beautifully designed Apple product, that works.
    I recently bought a wireless and cloud external drive, thinking it was exactly what I needed. On paper, sure. In real life, it was a pain from the start. After a couple of weeks of hassle, I returned it, and caved in - paid the extra and bought the Time Capsule. I decided I wanted it to handle all the wireless in my house - because it could, and because I'd experienced channel congestion and occasional flaky connections with my old router - so I switched my Virgin Media Superb 2 over to Modem Only mode. The Time Capsule connected straight away, my ethernet connected devices connected to it and my wireless devices didn't bat an eyelid. My Mac found the disk straight away for the Time Machine backup first time too. Brilliant. I also created a guest network for visitors.
    I did a speed test about 15 minutes after I'd connected, and found the wifi speeds were well short of what they should be. I did the test on a Mac Air, iPad and iPhone and got the same poor results. Gutted. I ran out of time to try and find out what the problem was and went to bed, very disappointed. I tried another speed test in the morning, and got 6 mbps OVER my 150 mbps allocation. Woo hoo! I tested the other devices, and all were running at full download speed too, and have done ever since. So, my message to you all is, don't do your speed checks when a Time Machine backup is in progress! Especially the first one (which does take hours - leave it to do overnight) because you'll think there's something wrong when there isn't.
    The wifi from the TC is solid, it hasn't dropped out once so I trust it to just be left to do its thing now. The setup was a doddle, just make sure your ethernet cable connected to your modem is in the very bottom slot when you start it up. Also, make sure you know how to log into your modem to change any settings you might need to (such as switching to Modem Mode). And read the setup instructions - they are downloadable from the Apple Support site - plus there's the leaflet that comes in the box.
    All in all, I'm really glad that I got the Time Capsule and I like that I now have a more secure, reliable and fast wifi network in my house. Oh, and I love that my Mac is always backed up without me even noticing it's happening (unless I'm doing a speed test, obvs!) as well. Buy it. Honestly, I know it's way expensive, but it really does just work. Life's too short to spend fixing wifi issues. Yeah and it looks cool too.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Warning - Do Not Buy - Hard Disk Fails !!! (READ THIS)

    READ THIS BEFORE PURCHASING.... Have been using TCs since they were first introduced. First unit: Hard disk failed. (after 2 years) Second unit: Hard disk failed. (after 1-2 yrs) Third unit: hard disk failed. (after 1-2 yrs) Apples worst product. (read the reviews!)

    But I want to believe that their latest TC is better. Today I was at Apple Store ready to purchase 2 brand new TC's. (one for my office, one for home) While at the store I started reading the reviews, and see that NOTHING HAS CHANGED...

    HARD DISK FAILS ON CURRENT MODEL, AS HAS BEEN THE CASE ON MY 3 PREVIOUS TC's.

    So now I'm on my way to Walmart to purchase hard disk drives (one drive for each iMac) which can be plugged directly into USB port of my iMacs. Fyi at $100 per drive, buying 4 hard drives is same price as buying a 4gb TC. Fyi Time Machine (software that comes with Macs) works with external drives.

    APPLE SHAME ON YOU FOR CONTINUING TO SELL AN INFERIOR PRODUCT !!!

    19 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Saved my bacon a number of times

    This would be a 5* review except I couldn't get it to join my network fully wirelessly. I wanted to site it hidden, out of the way somewhere, and join the network wirelessly but after extensive research, it appears it can't do this so I have it ethernet wired into my router. Aside from that issue, it works a treat. My MacBook Pro backs up to it each hour, and I've done a number of full restores with it (once to a new SSD drive which saved me having to buy cloning software and once to a replacement SSD) and the odd single file restore. Not the quickest thing over wifi but in my case a full restore was 500GB so understandable.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    I've had this for two and a half years. Have never had a problem with it. Does what it is supposed to do. Don't think I've ever had to even re-boot it. Would buy it again.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    It set itself up! Didn't have to do anything to it, just plugged it into my Mac and Ethernet port. Super fast, and I can create a guest network. Highly recommend.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfection

    Unlike some reviewers, I found the box straightforward enough to open, and the kit inside did what I expected, flawlessly, rapidly, even guiding me through replacing an existing TC. Great wireless range and strength. Very impressive piece of kit.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as intended/Has more potential

    I just purchased this product, I've had no issues so far but I think it could be so much better as a file sharing device between all apple products that i own. I have a mac book pro an iPad and an iPhone I was thinking this was some sort of server between the devices I own. I'm not asking to share with anyone else I just want to store photos or videos here and be able to access them from anywhere I love my MacBook but it has such a small hard drive and I thought this was a solution but I may be returning it seeing as all it serves for is a backup. This is the first Apple product I'm disappointed in. So for unused potential I subtracted 4 stars.

    19 of 64 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    If you want a Time Machine this isn't for you

    If you want a Time Machine wireless back up product this isn't for you. I bought this product for the sole purpose as a Time Machine. It doesn't do this. I already have a perfectly good internet network and therefore don't need it for this or as a booster.
    I wanted to use mine to sit on a shelf for my Mac/iPhone to back up to. I wanted it out of the way and not near my router and hidden away in case I was burgled.
    What I was not told when I bought it or on the hour phone call to Apple that you need an Ethernet cable for at least the setup process. This also was not made clear when purchasing the product, during the setup process or in the "you will need" setup list.
    Considering the purpose for which I required it I do not feel that £249 is a bargain. It will be returned to store tomorrow.
    Apple please develop a product for wireless Time Machine backup.

    7 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cannot recommend as a router

    Since I replaced my obsolete Netgear router with a Time Capsule, I systematically experience that my devices are kicked out from the network. May be TC is a nice device for backups but as a router for a WiFi network it is a disapointment.

    10 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy it!

    Time capsule is a really horrible product, this is not a bad product, but really bad product.

    The drives are extremely slow, the router is also very slow and you will need to restart this device on daily bases.

    I strongly recommend that you look elsewhere, and I know the good looks of this product might make you want to buy it, but please don't if you looking for something reliable.

    18 of 68 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    3TB in fact

    well, like a lot of other people I thought I would be able to use this for storage. It's rubbish, really - the only benefit I get from it is being able to print wirelessly. Big, fat, expensive near albatross. Silly me for getting one. Wake up, Apple - we want control over our own stuff.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy, Quick

    Have been using for about two months with no issues.

    Very easy to set up. AC speeds are very good. Backup works seamlessly and easily. It just works.

    The range is not quite as good as some new routers, but it is a solid combination of features and is much easier to set up than the other routers. Using in a 3500 square foot house with good coverage.

    The only reason I rated four stars instead of five is because I think we ought to be able to set aside some of the drive space for our own use as a home server so that we do not have to rely on cloud services.

    Despite that, I would definitely buy this again.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best router I've used

    I went through my fair share of WiFi routers. All of them that I've used, from Belkin, Linksys, D-link, etc were all painful to setup and had options I'm sure their makers don't even understand. They also got super slow as time went on, need to be restarted every now and again to keep things running optimally. Yes, they were cheap, probably the only good thing about them.

    Enter Time Capsule. I bought this along with my Retina Macbook Pro two years ago now in 2013. It's 2015 and is been well over 2 years, I I thought I would at least share my experience. First, it's so simple to use! The setup was painless, just open Airport Utility on Mac or iPhone and enter the network name and pretty much done! Airport Utility is one simple app as well. Not a lot of options but that's a good thing for me (not that I'm not technologically savvy -- heck I'm a software developer, but I have no patience with hard to use hardware/software).

    I also use Time Machine to back it up and encrypt my backup. Two other people in my house also back up to the same time capsule. 2TB is plenty for us. The Time Capsule automatically cleans up older backups and pretty much takes care of everything.

    After setup, there is 0 maintenance that I've had to do on it, aside from the fact that there were 1-2 software updates, which again, was painless. I don't even remember ever restarting the Time Capsule outside of power outages. Folks, this is one product that I don't mind saying, It just works ™.

    Sure it's about $100-$200 more expensive than the rest of the guys, but you know what? It's worth it, just for the experience alone. You can get a decent AC wifi router for $100 less than this. But they would be more painful to use, harder to maintain, have way lower quality of customer support, and they would need replacing after 1-2 years because somehow they manage to slow down as time goes on.

    This is hands down a 5/5 product for me. Couldn't be happier.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works easily, reliably and fast

    Bought this a couple years ago and we have had no issues until today (more on that later). Easy set up. Easy back ups. Ease of mind since we have had other laptops hit the ground (two boys) with memory potentially lost with no back ups since we never get around to that. Now everything is regularly backed up and we hardly notice (a few minutes of slow work when this is happening).
    Brought home and up and running in minutes. First backups were done and took a while, but since then they go very quickly.
    Now regarding speed. I was curious to see why people were giving one star and noticed many referred to slower speeds. I don't get it. I did speed tests today to compare the Comcast wifi signal (under 20mbs up and download) to the AirPort speeds (125Mbs download and 20 upload). We have the Xfinity Blast service. Not sure why the wifi provided by Xfinity/Comcast is so slow, and glad we bought this one or would have no benefit from the Blast we are paying for.
    The only "problem" we've had was today when I tried to backup my laptop and it wasn't finding the backup disc. Went to apple website to trouble shoot and it said to ensure they were both on the same network. I went right by that recommendation thinking of course I was on the right network. But after futzing around for 30 mins with no success I checked and found my lap top for some reason was set to the unlocked comcast wireless network in our house meant for guests. Fixed that and easily backed up.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    oustanding

    love it very good speed and good range

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!

    I'm not really one for writing reviews, but I felt like I had to, having read all of the negative reviews below (they nearly put me off buying it).

    This bit of kit literally set itself up, one draw back was that I had to take it out of the box and plug it in all by myself (come on apple, surely there's an app for that?). It has made a complete mockery of my old super hub. I get wifi over my entire house now and I actually get 100 mbps over wireless. My super hub barely gave me 60 mbps and the kitchen and bathroom were dead zones. It's worth mentioning that all of my internal walls are brick, no stud walls, which is why my super hub used to struggle. This doesn't bat an eyelid.

    My airplay speaker system now works flawlessly, no annoying pauses like before.

    The hard drive is a little slow at writing large files (like your first backup) but this is easily remedied by deselecting the larger files that do not really need backing up, such as movies and TV shows.

    I've only had it just over a week, so can not comment on the life expectancy, but I can't see there being a problem (based on how it has worked so far).

    So far, thoroughly impressed!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great as a Time Machine & Router but USB 2?

    I bought this in February of 2015 so roughly 6 months ago - it's still working great.

    Time Machine: three days after setting this up I accidentally wiped my hard drive (my own fault, messing around with the Root account) and was able to network book (over WiFi no less) to the TC and restore from a backup automatically made about 3 hours earlier. FANTASTIC!!!!

    WiFi: I routinely connect at 850+ Mbps which is great. Connection is reliable and covers my house (about 1,000 sq feet) and back yard. I scanned the airspace in my home and manually set the WiFi channels to avoid interference with neighbors. The auto channel selection sometimes picked overlapping frequencies...

    Internet Router: does the basics BUT if you're looking for advanced features like dynamic DNS look elsewhere. The TC follows the philosophy of "It just works" - yep it does, with simple features...

    Ethernet Switch: seems to work just fine. I have an AirPort Extreme in my basement for kids to connect to for LAN parties connected with a wire. Updating security settings on the TC automatically updates the Extreme - very nice feature

    USB 2: WTH?!?! Why not USB 3 ? Sure you can connect an external drive but it's SLOWWWWWWWW. This is the one thing that really disappointed me... the TC should not only have USB 3 but also Thunderbolt - Apple has it on ALL but one of it's computers - why not here?

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    disappointed

    This is the first apple product that I am really disappointed about. I wanted to upgrade my existing airport extreme to a Time Capsule so that I would have a wireless router with wireless HDD functionality. I spent 3 hours trying to overcome the self-assigned IP address issue but couldn't so I gave it back. I exchanged it for a regular Airport Extreme, which had the exact same issue, although I was able to fix it. Apple please fix this.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY IF YOU VALUE YOUR DATA

    True Story - This week i did the El Capitan update before checking if my Audio interface would be compatible and unfortunately it wasn't. So the only option, aside from buying a new sound card, was to revert back to Yosemite. This is actually pretty straightforward in principle, but requires restoring from a back up. No problem as i have a time capsule that has backed up several times a day since i bought it 3 months ago. When i needed it the most, the backups could not be found on the time capsule despite being on the phone for about 3 hours with Apple support. I now need a data recovery specialist, at my expense, to recover the data. DO NOT BUY, THIS PRODUCT IS NOT RELIABLE.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Time Capsule - 3TB

    This is the most FANTASTIC piece of equipment I have ever used. Automatic back-up and a very powerful router. I also use Apple Airport Express's to receive extended WiFi reception in my garden and swimming pool house. My fibre speed is 1Gb, which I can easily receive thirty plus meters from my property. Everyone should own/use an Apple AirPort Time Capsule! Thank you Apple...

    1 of 1 people found this useful