• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It keeps shutting off

    It was very easy to set up and connect with the cable modem. I love how quiet it is, and of course the fact that I can back up wirelessly. However, I've had it for about a week and it has shut itself off about seven different times on different days, leaving the internet out for the entire house. I have to unplug it each time and power it up again. It's sitting on clean ceramic tile floor next to a table so I doubt it's overheating. I'm going to take it back tomorrow. Big waste of time since I backed up my 2TB iMac with Time Machine. and I will now have to set up the old router and re-pair my family's 30 or so devices to the network and extenders, etc.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Time Capsule is brilliant

    Bought a 2TB capsule to fulfill 2 objectives:- as a router to replace my BT Home Hub and to act as an external hard drive for backing up. Fully meets the objectives and whilst you could say it should do at the price, the set up was easy and speed / performance is brilliant. Well done Apple - another brilliant product that exactly meets my needs.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good but a bit unattractive

    For functionality and utility I have given this five stars. it is really easy to set up and get working, and the backup works incredibly fast in my view. Please note though, that it is a router and so you still need an ADSL modem (or whichever you use for your broadband) to plug the Airport into. For some ISPs they will lock their modem down so you can not use it in bridge mode, which restricts some of the functionality of the Airport router. However, the Airport is strong and fast and I am really happy with it.

    With regards to the looks, this is bigger than I thought it would be. The footprint is quite small but this is a lot taller than I had imagined and as such it does look rather odd, so be aware of that if it is important to you. Also note that for UK prices this is very expensive indeed.

    For functionality and utility, this is fantastic and for me I am very happy with my purchase.

    28 of 38 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

    Excellent range & speed

    I thought about upgrading my VirginMedia advanced wifi hub (100MB+ line) to this, when I finally did, I wish I had done it earlier! The range & speed on this device for my MacBook Retina, MacBook Air, iPads etc is amazing.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Upgrade!

    Originally I had the older model of time capsule. This upgrade was certainly satisfying! Set-up is easy, automatically backs up my computer and the internet is much faster!

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless almost immediately for storage; great as a (not needed) router

    In support of another reviewer who wrote: "The network visibility suddenly went away, leaving both backup and now restore without function. Absolutely frustrating device, stay away." I am having the exact same issue. The Airport Time Capsule is not visible, via Utilities --> Airport. I have tried plugging it in, reconnected the cords. Futile. It does not work wirelessly to back up and it no longer works. Period. 3TB of unused storage. $$$ down the tubes. Bravo Apple. Another useless product in my living room. Exasperating!

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Device not visible anymore, restore impossible

    One of the worst Apple products I owned.
    The network visibility suddenly went away, leaving both backup and now restore without function.

    Absolutely frustrating device, stay away.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best wireless router/storage device I've used to date, highly recommend!

    I have been through quite a bit of wireless routers over the years from D-Link, Netgear, Linksys, Cisco. These routers would work for some time but then would eventually start failing and required reboots fairly often. I moved from a two story home to a three story home and wanted adequate wireless coverage. Immediately after moving to my new home, the wireless issues started. After quite a bit of frustration, I decided to try the Time Capsule since I use quite a bit of Apple devices. I set this unit up over a year ago and have not had to do much with it since. I have rebooted it only recently for a firmware update. This unit is a work horse and maintains wireless coverage and connectivity throughout my home without issue. Having the ability to manage the Time Capsule from my iPhone, iPad and other Apple devices is a very nice feature. The Time Machine backup feature has been used on many occasions to restore an entire system back to a new Mac device. Having peace of mind knowing that your systems are always backed up and can be restored with a click of a button is just priceless. It is basically a set it and forget it type of system. You set up your wireless network, set the Time Machine options on your Mac devices and you're done. My only regret is not having this unit sooner. Frustration and hassle could have been averted many years prior.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic

    This thing is brilliant. I have a Sky Hub which I thought was doing well until i met this baby. We live in an Apple household, 2 iPads, 3 iPhone, a Mac and an Apple TV3 and 4 so I thought it made sense to have an Apple Network to use them with. Also given the fact that we have 3.80 download speed on rural boardband anything is worth a try. So plugged into the Sky Hub, popped up Airport Utility on the Mac and within minutes it had run the set up itself and bang it was done. The longest part of the whole process was reseting the Belkin Extenders I have but that was not its fault. So does it make a difference to my board band speeds, well yes and no and here's where the magic is. I still get 3.80 download speed but before say when I was downloading a large file, my wife was streaming on her iPad and the kids where watching Netflix on the Apple Tv, something had to give - usually me. It just couldn't cope. However with this one week later we can pretty much do all our own thing at the same time without noticing any slow down - amazing. The download is still 3.80. In terms of Back-Up = be warned the first one takes forever and was the only time the Network slowed down, the first night therefore can be a bit depressing but hold your guns, after that you'll start to notice the difference. Further back-up's have been small and quick and not even noticed. So given all that I have began to replace the Belkin Extenders with the Airport Express - first one set up today and making the whole thing run even better! It is in the office with my Mac and boy do they love with other. Last word - worth every penny, no more Dad running around turning of devices to cope with bad boardband - fiddling with Sky Hub settings to change channels etc etc etc. Goodbye to all that!

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 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.

    18 of 20 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

    Very disapointed

    Bought the new time capsule when I up graded desk top and lap top. Unit is very disapointing. My mobile devices constantly fall off the wifi and I must re boot to frequently to re establish connectivity. Using the time capsule, the unit also looses the ip of the desk top (hard wired to it) and the lap top pro. You get one back up and then you must reboot the device and modem. Hate it, have re connected my old airport (works like a charm) and will be throwing this time capsule in the bin,

    24 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Time Capsule (replaced 3 times)

    The Time Capsule (2T) has been nothing but a nightmare. You just need to negative reviews to understand why I am rating it as a lemon (disconnecting, slow to backup, unreliable, unaccessible etc.) As for the people that are finding it a true miracle, it would be interesting to know how long these people have had their unit and to which product they are comparing it to. I have two other different hard disks and they work much better than this! I should have known better that to buy something that does wi-fi and backup. I am finding that it just doesn't work!

    23 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A real improvement

    I had the older flat version of time capsule and this is a definite improvement. Its a breeze to set up and produces a very fast WiFi connection. The automatic back up facility works really well - I found it was a bit clunky in the older model and didn't always work - but then Apple do an excellent job of continuous improvement and the new time capsule is no exception. (and I don't work for them :-) ).

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    very disappointed

    i have bought the air port time capsule to replace seagate media center.
    the seagate was a loot better.
    i was able to access it from tv without computer and able to do east tm backup.

    really bad that its not accessible from tv-dlna or iPhone app.
    cant access to my go pro video easily like the seagate.

    apple should add dlna support and iOS app to make this killer

    48 of 81 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs Much Improvement

    I Love All of my Apple products, and figured this would be a great tech piece to compliment the efficiency of all my devices. I was wrong, and returned this product within a week. It's not as user friendly as advertised, and the time capsule feature was difficult to access, while the information that was backed up was also only accessible via my MacPro and not my iPad or iPhone. There are better combinations of products to get from Apple meanwhile. The Airport Extreme shall suffice just fine for any WiFi speedster, since the wireless signal is strong and fairly fast, but I'd wait until the next release of this product since there will most likely be big software and other UI improvements.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow copies

    Time capsule might sound awesome, but let me tell you: it is not fast copying to it. At all. Copying GBs of stuff to it or from it takes hours and hours. Brand new MacBook Air and time capsule and copying files to and from the capsule is the slowest thing I've ever seen. It's a lot like downloading a Cyndi Crawford picture in 1985 using a 300 baud modem.

    I love the router part, always have used airport base stations. This is my first try with a time capsule and it is ridiculous. Even the computer trying to time machine to it is insane. Maybe I've been spoiled with my Mac Pro time machining to an internal hard drive. I'll probably just continue using time machine with a USB hdd.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Eh?

    I have mixed emotions about this. It does my backups just fine but as a WiFi router my old sysco router runs circles around this. Since I've hooked this up streaming movies on my TV from other apps it won't show them in HD due to bandwidth. Either that or it just buffers constantly. I never had these issues with my old router. I guess if it isn't broke. Don't try and fix it. I wanted to love this but it frustrates me in times where I really want it to work.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Love Apple / Even though I lost my memories PUN INTENDED! Returning Mañana

    I purchased this AirPort Time Capsule as an emergency where I had to send iMac to apple so I needed to back up my files,... I got this out of box with the easy to set up feature but!!!!!!!!!! Later was warned that this device is not meant to be used as an external drive. AND,... it is a stand a lone router meaning you can't plug this device in thinking it will generate an ip address and just work. no no no honey,... I love apple till death but rocking to the beat of your own drum all the time is getting annoying. I was warned DON NOT save files to this unit like and external,... it is only meant for backing up 1 - 10 computers via time capsule AND through the use of the Wifi ofr internet. THAT is it. so after I was warned,.... now that my photos and music from since my third Mac days 2001,... and now memories and all gone. The folders are grey but damaged. Please please stop advertising this as a WiFi Router and external drive in one. it is a Wifi TimeMachine back up unit. Where is Steve when I need him

    30 of 46 people found this useful