• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Packaging!!! *Open with extreme care...*

    I read a review about the packaging being not very well designed but I didn't think about it when I received and opened the box for my new Time Capsule.

    I opened the box carefully whilst standing up above my desk and it required some effort as a result of some air pressure I guess... then when it gave way the Time Capsule falls (more like jumped!) out and hit the desk...

    Took a chip out of my work desk and scuffed the corner.... why on earth they made packaging like this I've no idea... complete FAIL by someone or many people at Apple here.... part of the buzz of buying an Apple product from Apple is the experience of opening the box for the first time.

    Big big let down.... I could call to complain but I doubt anything would come of it and I'm pretty sure they won't accept any liability.... for the chip in my desk now.

    Beside's why would I want to or why should I have to complain to my favourite computer company... a bit gutted....

    My suggestion and what should be Apple's clear recommendation is to open the box upside down with the top firmly on the desk or flat surface... this is pretty much the only way you can avoid it falling out. Only fell 20 cm but that was enough to chip my desk.

    37 of 84 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dead in a month

    It's quite hard to trust this as a back up device, when it's dead within a month.
    "Internal disc needs repair".

    Reach is ok, but not fantastic.
    I so regret..........

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Dissapointing - Can't use it as an external hard disc

    Having read the reviews on this product I was led to believe that it had an inbult router - it doesn't. It has built-in wifi but no router so you still have to connect it to your current router to connect to the internet - messy! I also didn't find it hugely faster than my current router.

    Also, I was hoping to use the large amount of space on the drive to store files from my macbook that I don't care about backing up but having spent 2 hours reading articles it appears that Apple have blocked the ability for users to be able to create a disk image on the time capsule. There are lots of instructions on how to do this but I was unable to do it as the create button in Disk Utility is greyed out.

    If you want extra storage space better to go out and buy a cheaper wirless back-up drive.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not made for saving Adobe CS files... (?)

    I Bought the airport TC 2TB to use as an external hard drive and a router... The Router part of it works just fine! The External Hard Drive part of it is not as great if you work on Adobe Creative Suite. Can't save Photoshop or Illustrator files without crashing... an unknown problem that feeds threads on the forums. If you use as Back up with Time Machine... then buy it, if you plan on working on it, saving files, especially if you do Graphic Design, it just doesn't do it! - I tried calling Apple, checking with Adobe... no one seems to have the solution. The 2 stars is for the Router part. I returned the item since it was no use for me.

    29 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice and good-looking router

    It's one of the very few and robust home solutions for backing up hard drive! At the same time is a very good wi-fi router.

    Plus:
    It's silent, I have met some routers that make a lot of noise

    Very easy to setup with any apple device or windows 7.

    I simultaneously synchronize my iphone, run back up, surf the internet, stream HD content on my apple TV without a hussle and all these through my 72Mbps settled laptop speed.

    Minus are:
    It's mildly hot all the time, not extremely though

    It's formatted as FAT32 so it won't serve windows machines always at it's best. For example Windows System Image requires NTFS.

    You can plug in only FAT32 Hard Drives. If you have a disk formatted otherwise, then it will show up but it won't be usable.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to install

    I bought this product to improve the backup speed from a 3rd party NAS device. Since this product also had wireless routing capability, I decided to also replace my Airport Express in the hopes of seeing an improvement in range.

    What really impressed me was how easy the setup was. When I plugged the device into the network it asked me if I wanted to add it the the network as a new wireless network, extend the range of an existing network, or replace existing network. I chose to replace. It imported the configuration from my airport express, set my old airport express to default settings. None of the dozen wireless products in my home even noticed the difference. Sometimes reconfiguring a wifi enabled thermostat is a pain when you change wireless routers. In this case the device never skipped a beat.

    You get what you pay for and in this case I feel this a bargain.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It is Perfect!

    I acquired a week ago my Airport Time Capsule 2 TB, perfectly packed usual in apple, easy to install, i did a backup of 300 GB in 3 hours,it is Ok, my surprise was when I connect my ASUS Router RTAC66U to the TC by a Ethernet cable, Automatically in seconds I have two high-speed Network at home!

    6 of 7 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router I've owned yet

    Have had Linksys, Netgear and a couple of other non name brand routers through the years. But this Airport Time Capsule-2TB delivers fast, strong and reliable wireless signal anywhere in my home. To compare, I can be 100+ feet away with a small office, trees and several walls inbetween and still get 40 Mbps. Same spot with the linksys and netgear router I barely get 2-5 Mbps. Also the automatic backup to the Airport Time Capsule ensures flawless and complete back ups.

    Apple, I sincerely thank you for consistently making such easy to use, high quality products.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Apple Quality - Very Disappointing

    First, let me start off by saying that I own just about every apple product out there because I believe in the quality of the products they produce. I also have over 15 years experience setting up networks for both PCs and Macs. This product has really disappointed me, not due to the fact that it will not work right out of the box like other apple products, but because it will not work with optical network terminals (FIOS) no matter what. My 2009 airport extreme, which I reverted to, configures itself in about 15 seconds and it's up and running. I spent 2 entire days trying to get this product to work: One day with a 2TB time capsule which I returned to best buy, because I figured it's defective. The second day with the 3TB time capsule which still will not work no matter what. Maybe this base station works great with other networking configurations, but if you have FIOS, save yourself some aggravation and stay away.

    118 of 138 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pure Frustration

    Own the previous version of Airport Extreme - very happy with that product - no issues with being disconnected and speed was great. Thought we would 'upgrade' and go with the Time Capsule version to utilize Time Machine and do away with the USB backups. First one disconnected more often than it stayed connected. Exchanged that one and while we stay connected now with the second, the Time Machine backups are unbelievably slow - 3hrs. to backup 115MB ... that's right MB. Support had us reboot the Airport and that solved the issue until the next day when we had to reboot again and ditto for the following day. Sad to say I don't think this is ready for prime time. Too unreliable and while the work-arounds are good - not what we paid $300 for. It's going back and we'll wait for the beta testing to end. Borderline complete garbage.

    159 of 176 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Just got my new Time Capsule

    I outgrew my old Time Capsule so time for a new one. I bought the 2GB version and overall the set up was in true Apple style, dummy proof. Things were up and running in a matter of minutes. What I don't like is that it does not provide any configuration settings that will allow you to monitor internet traffic. Great router, very strong signals throughout the house. If it had some advance settings I'd be more generous with my ratings.

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not offer advanced settings such as SNMP Config...

    Product works well enough, but does not provide advance settings which is a problem if you want to use a tool like NetUse to monitor your routers internet traffic. I know that I can revert back to using Airport Utility 5.6 to be able to config SNMP but shouldn't have to. Re-introduce advanced configuration settings to this product and I will happily give it 5 stars.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited feature set for router

    I have owned the time capsule for at least a couple months now. The range and signal are fantastic all over the house and out in the yard. I have one PC and one Mac backing up to it, including the use of an external USB HDD.

    The negatives are around the lack of domain and port filtering. Every router I've had previously has had some capability to white- or black-list domains or block specific ports (e.g. XBox). I've partially solved that problem with OpenDNS.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great reputation, great performance!

    I had an Airport base station and had no complaints at all, when I saw this one coming out I told to myself, I want one! Do I need one? Maybe not... However, having the combo of an Airport station and Time Machine was the big upgrade for me.

    Totally recommend this unit, works great and performance is outstanding. Pricy, but I would say it will be years before I have to think about upgrading again!

    Thanks Apple!! Again...
    MR

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Even my Garage has strong signal now!

    I have owned an Apple Time Capsule since 2008. I appreciate the tight integration with Mac's Time Machine backups. This is my 3rd Time Capsule from Apple. It works flawlessly. But what is really amazing with the latest iteration is the strength of the wi-fi signal throughout my 1800 square foot, three level town home. It sits on the top floor. It covers every square inch of my town home with strong signals. But the "coup de gras" was my realization that my iPhone had full wi-fi strength in my garage (even outside of it)! I never had connections in the garage. Overall, this is another great time machine.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keep the Slick Box for Return

    Apple's boxing and packaging is always slick, which is a good thing in this case since you'll probably be returning the AirPort Time Capsule like I did. This was simply the worst designed router I have ever tried to use. Granted, Apple's buggy AirPort Utility may have had something to do with the problems I experienced (I see they updated it recently after my return was processed), but that just proves that there should be an alternative method to set this router up.

    Initial setup went smoothly, unfortunately, that's were the dumbed down process of using AirPort Utility stopped being useful. It's a router, and no matter how good a router is, from time-to-time, due to circumstances with I.S.P.s and cable modems and such, a router is going to require a "reset." Mine did within 48 hours.

    Why more manufacturers haven't incorporated a simple on/off button on routers is beyond logic, and in the case of the AirPort Time Capsule, the "hard reset" function defies logic. We're expected... with two hands no less... to push the tiny inset "reset" button located low on the back (using a makeshift tool such as a paper clip or pen tip) at the same time as plugging in the tightly fitting power cord, which is also located low on the back, while at the same time monitoring the status light on the front? Well, with two hands tied up, one pushing a button and the other plugging in a cord, we're left with placing the unit front down (covering up the status light) to provide enough back pressure to complete the task. Admittedly, one could devise a work around using a power switch... But why should we have to on a $300 unit!

    Beyond this ridiculous design flaw, once AirPort Utility "forgot" my router... It never "found" it again... And without being able to call it up otherwise similar to other routers (192.168.*.*), I gave up and neatly packed it back inside the box and slapped on the prepaid shipping label. Done.

    115 of 131 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best I've Had

    Replaced an ageing modem/router with AirPort Extreme 2TB. Had to buy a new Modem for ADSL connection but so far everything is working better than before. Easy set up. Backups for two MacBook Pros are seamless. I added an additional Airport the next week and it extended my network to the back of the house giving me full signal throughout. Set up was complete in less than 10 minutes. All my IOS devises automatically switch to the strongest device under the same SSID. Achieving external download rates just under 1mb per sec. Internally I am sending files to Boxee Box at 3-4mb per sec. Brilliant, simple, No hassle.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent product

    being a pc person for the last 15 years decided to go for the whole apple family as we already had 2 iPhones iPad and i pad mini.So when i bought my macbook pro also went for the apple time capsule.
    Amazing piece of engineering,simplicity in itself
    I migrated all my data from my pc using apple migration then the time capsule just backed everything up.

    yes apple products are expensive but they don't have any headache compared to other products and they just work.

    as we accumulate more and more data the things we value most like family pictures,music and files are priceless so best to back them up and back them up again so we can appreciate them in the future.

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    it's great.

    great range and automatic time machine backups. enough said.

    3 of 5 people found this useful