• 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.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 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.

    36 of 100 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.

    19 of 45 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.

    17 of 34 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.

    32 of 88 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.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 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.

    18 of 19 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.

    30 of 33 people found this useful

  • 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!

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 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.

    41 of 60 people found this useful

  • 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.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 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...

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Time Machine

    My Time Capsule, the second one, has died. It was unreliable at best, now it is dead. Looking online, Time Capsules are not reliable.

    20 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Always turns off

    Can I please get a refund? I tried to give this product multiple chances, over the year it constantly goes offline and turns off, and is seriously unreliable. For the price and compare to the quality Apple provides in products, this is by far one of the worst products and needs to be recalled. I love Apple, and have been loyal with iPhones, iPad, Apple TV and my Mac Book Pro, but this was the biggest disappointment, I've lost data and wasted my money. Can I trade it in or something? It's been almost a year, now it fails every day.

    83 of 96 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    All-in-one hard to use

    I bought this AirPort Time Capsule back in 3 August, and it took me almost 18 hours of tinkering before it finally works. It has good wifi, but it keeps losing my backups every 2 weeks or so even if the backup drive isn't full. And I am always scared that it is overheating (how long will it last in this condition?). The good thing is that now my iOS devices can finally AirPrint using my non-AirPrint HP printer.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failed after just over a year

    I purchased this $300 time capsule brand new in Sep 2014 and everything was working fine. I am not a power user, I do not demand a lot from my devices, however this Time Capsule stopped working just outside of the warranty coverage, and apple will not do anything about it. I paid over $300 considering tax and expected something this expensive to last more than a year. I am extremely disappointed and urge you to not purchase this and take your money elsewhere.

    92 of 98 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm a Fanboy But Disappointed

    So far - not great, not terrible, but definitely disappointing. Some aspects work great, others are nonfunctional. Backup is great. Wireless router is great. Ethernet out is terrible. Which is really strange, right? How does the automatic backup work well, wireless work well, and the least difficult aspect (from an engineering perspective) work terribly? All three ethernet ports don't work well at all. Whether it's plugged into a smart tv or a printer, it doesn't matter, the ethernet has been barely operative from day one.

    I willingly pay a premium for Apple products because I expect that the product will be worth the extra expense. Sadly, this one isn't.

    43 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use just not for as long as you would think.

    Bought the airport, set it up easily, used it with no problems for over a year, then totally dead. No warning of impending failure. It just went kaput. I expect more out of a device that paid more than three hundred dollars. I love apple and most of their products but reading up on this device I realized I made a mistake.

    75 of 79 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Choice

    After years of Airport Extreme use, I replaced my working device with this Time Capsule. Big mistake. It interferes with my micro-cell device and slows my internet speed by 30%. No amount of re-jiggering with Apple Care techs fixes the problem. Very disappointing. It seems to be an Apple firmware problem but it is not possible to down-grade the firmware to an earlier, workable version.

    50 of 53 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive piece of worthless junk

    It is super slow to transfer and even browse files. Horrible Wi-Fi, iPad and iPhone could not connect to the network, had to revert to my old Airport Express.

    47 of 55 people found this useful