• 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Columbus

    I've been through a lot of wireless routers. Especially lately. I've bought many of the most expensive recent releases by Netgear, Belkin, and others. They all disappointed....and frustrated me, because my electronics didn't work like they were intended to.
    Then I bought the previous version of Time Capsule about 4 months ago. It was better than the rest, so I kept it. But it also had signal problems with my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro. I just decided I would have to deal with it. I was still frustrated :-( but at least I had a backup hard drive! :-)
    When the new Airport Time Capsule was released this past week I knew I'd have to try it out and compare it with the previous version the I owned. I could just return it if the wifi wasn't what I wanted....
    After testing it out for a few days....... THE SIGNAL IS AMAZING! My Bose Airplay speakers work perfectly from all my devices... Finally! My Apple TV streams Netflix and HULU with ease...Finally! HD Internet Videos stream from my MacBook Pro with no delays...Finally! No.Dropped.Signals.Period.
    I love the Time Capsule Feature, but I already had that same feature in my last product, what I love in the new Airport Time Capsule is the HIGH quality of connection to all my devices, despite the fact that all of them are only 802.11n products. I can't wait until more 802.11ac products are released.
    Whatever they did with that Beamforming Antenna Array stuff...It's working. ;-) Good job Apple.

    54 of 61 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worthy upgrade over prior models, flawed product 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!

    A note about the product box: be 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.

    54 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea poorly executed

    • Written by from Beverly

    I had a Time Capsule for a year and a half before it died. That's not lot long after the warranty expired. It simply stopped powering on. Well, at least the hard drive itself is probably fine, so data recovery should be easy, right? Alas, retrieving the physical hard drive is not trivial (although there are sites that provide a walk-through for how to do it.)

    This was not my first trouble with the Time Capsule. Once it simply refused further backups, and had to be reformatted before it could be used for backups again.

    The idea of automatic backups without user action is great, so I think the *idea* of Time Capsule is terrific. But my experience is that it's unreliable, and there's not much point in an unreliable backup.

    56 of 71 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Router ok-Backup doesn't work

    • Written by from Ventura

    Since purchase in July, I have been unable to back up the "time machine" aspect as it will shut down my computer and restart with a significant error message. Have sent these to Apple without a response/fix. Have posted on tech boards without response/fix. Thought that I was making my life easier, but id doesn't work as a back up. Router works fine, so it is a very expensive router. This is from an Apple only person-extremely disappointed with this and Apple's support.

    61 of 82 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Saskatoon

    This product lasted just over a year. It does not work anymore and warranty is up.

    71 of 104 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Its ok but beware of surprises

    • Written by from Kitchener

    I have had my time capsule for almost 8 months now. Normally when the time capsule doesn't connect properly I can just turn it off and turn it back on and everything works fine, but tonight it forced me to delete my old backup and start from scratch. There were no other options, I couldn't even put my old backups in another location on the time capsule and start a new backup. I have lost total faith in this product not to mention access to 8 months of backups which was the primary reason I bought this. Really disappointed.

    38 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not reliable

    • Written by from Redlands

    I had an older version (2012) of the 2TB Air Port Time Capsule (the square flat one) and it just failed without warning after about a year and a half. Took it to the Genius Bar for diagnosing and they asked me "you have this all backed up, right?" ha ha ha, the Time Capsule WAS the back up!!

    I could feel the unit was working (could feel heat and hum) but no light on the front. No way to recover data. It just bricked one day. Had to pay to replace the whole thing, no recovery, no apple care, no replacement.

    I'd recommend another brand based on their inability to even apologize that all my archived data just disappeared.

    88 of 142 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent range, speed and ease of backup make this a WINNER!

    • Written by from Homer Glen

    I had only purchased the previous model a few months ago, I decided over the weekend that I would purchase the new MacBook Air, so I wanted to get the newer AirPort with the AC wireless speed to match. We have a 9000 sft home so I use a few airport express units to spread coverage. I unplugged the previous AirPort Extreme and plugged in my new AirPort Time capsule 2T, at first the airport express units were not found so I completed a hard reset (small button on back of unit) and restarted the set-up. The units were found and added easily and the system is now running. Even without using the new MacBook Air with AC the router seems faster (getting WIFI speeds of 17mbps from an 18mbps measured on hard-wire)

    Excellent system, Apple I need you to come out with a smart home system now to tie all of this together!

    37 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Internet & Squeezebox problems

    • Written by from Emery

    Great idea to have router and backup on one place, but it unexpectedly drops internet connection. The Express side works fine until I set up a network to use Time Capsule then it will not connect with my Logitech players. Customer service could not solve problem.

    41 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Died after a year, just after warranty expired

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I should have learnt my lesson with my first time capsule in grad school which was finicky and crashed once every 4-5 months. It lasted me through 4 years before dying, so when I got a new job, I conveniently forgot how terrible the device was in light of automatic backups.

    However I'm really annoyed that just shy of 12 months, the device crashed and no matter how much I reset it, it won't even show up on my computer. $300 wasted!

    47 of 62 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Upgrade!

    • Written by from San Francisco

    My Original Apple Time Capsule was already phenomenal. This redesign and upgraded AC Technology with backward compatibility with Dual N,G,B,and A signals just made my desktop a little more spacious. The footprint is smaller and the signal is excellent. Plus the USB option in the back lets me expand my storage with an external USB hard drive and access it wirelessly. Awesome Upgrade!

    35 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Houston

    I had a new Airport Extreme and Airport Express (both bought within the last year) that were bridged together in my apartment. The Airport Extreme had to be plugged directly into my Xbox for a strong connection, and the Airport Express range was mediocre at best (I have concrete walls in my apartment which have always been a problem).

    This new Airport Time Capsule has allowed me to get rid of both Airports, AND the signal is strong without a direct connect to my Xbox. The strength of the signal is as powerful as they say! Best router I have ever seen, by a long shot.

    33 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply fantastic!

    • Written by from Flower Mound

    I have owned MANY WiFi routers over the years and this Airport Time Capsule is by far the best. I’ve seen complaints that it is too expensive, however if you were to purchase another high end WiFi router and a 2TB external drive it would cost you well over $300. Super easy to configure yet has the key configuration options you need such as port forwarding and WPS setup for printers. It was easy to extend my network to a second Airport Extreme with the Airport Utility, just a few clicks and I have excellent coverage in all parts of a large one story home.

    36 of 42 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No USB 3.0

    • Written by from toledo

    Given the current state of technology and the price of this device, to not include a USB 3.0 port is absurd.

    42 of 56 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Careful with packaging!!

    • Written by from Carrboro

    I read many reviews complaining about the packaging.. I thought they all sounded whiny but I went ahead and expected hazard when opening so I was really really careful ...and it STILL dropped out of the box and crashed on the floor! There is no way to prepare for the unboxing of this poorly-packaged product ..maybe just do it over a bunch of pillows. You've been warned! (again)

    32 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work

    • Written by from Clearwater

    I received the 2TB Airport Time capsule for a Christmas gift. Setup was very easy, but it would not read an external hard drive. I tried three different hard drives, the unit would not detect them. When I left the range of the wifi with my iPhone or iPad, I could not reconnect without restarting the Airport. I was very disappointed with the unit. I had it for four days and had to restart it over ten times.

    46 of 66 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Be careful when you open the box

    • Written by from Kanata

    The unit is sitting on a very shallow base. When I slide the top off, it fell off from the base because there is nothing to hold it. Testing the HDD now.

    This has to be the worst designed packaging from apple.

    Other than that, it works fine.

    47 of 68 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool, when it works

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Bought this device shortly after release. When it works, it's cool. But, most of the time I am dealing with connection drops and devices no longer seeing the Time Capsule. Sometimes I will lose internet connectivity, despite being still connected to the wireless. Only fix is to turn wireless on/off. Other times, I will lose my connection to the wireless network entirely. Very close to returning this unless a fix comes out in the very near future.

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product. Terrible packaging. Beware!

    • Written by from MOOLOOLABA

    BEWARE! When unboxing this unit there is a very high chance of dropping it.

    The top outer box does not slide off easily so two hands will be required to pull the box apart. Unfortunately there is no supporting packaging around the capsule so with one hand holding the top box and one holding the bottom box the unit just falls out to the floor.

    For all the stunning packaging Apple has for other products its amazing they let this one through.

    Once running (hopefully not damaged) this product is a dream to set up and its range is fantastic. Very quiet and a great small footprint. Highly recommend just be careful opening.

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Time capsule = JUNK

    • Written by from Sacramento

    I have been a mac/apple fan boy since the late 90's and have had nothing but good things to say; repeated referrals; and constant upgrades. My time capsule is the biggest waste of money ever spent on technology; and to make it even worse no support from apple. Investing several hundred dollars on something that quits far before my cheap external hard drive is an embarrassment.

    57 of 90 people found this useful