• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Guest networking feature does not work with Sky broadband

    Just got a new (July 2013) 3TB Time Capsule. As with my previous TC the guest network feature only works when it is set-up in router mode (as a DHCP and NAT server). Unfortunately the only way to get the TC to work with a Sky broadband router is to operate it in bridge mode (DHCP and NAT off) as otherwise you get a "Double NAT" error (even with DHCP off on the Sky router). This means the guest network is not possible with Sky broadband.

    Otherwise it seems pretty good. Shame Apple haven't made the guest network feature more usable, and shame they don't tell you that it only works with some broadband connections.

    33 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Odd Form Factor

    Sure, it looks cool, but the 3.8 inch square will not fit in a standard 3.5 inch deep structured wiring enclosure like On-Q Legrand or Leviton. I guess Apple think that most people proudly display their routers on their desks or mantles.

    10 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool, when it works

    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.

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I DO NOT OWN ONE... BUT

    I'm surprised that no one has criticised the fact there is 1x USB2.0, could of been 3.0, and/or even also firewire.
    Additionally, there is a minimum of LAN ports available here- more please.
    Apart from the new AC technology, and antennas, there seems to be very little incentive to purchase.
    Seems like a fashion product with the new shape- in vogue for a short period.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!!!

    The best ever!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far so good...

    I wasn't sure if it was going to make much of a difference from my 1st gen time capsule because i have no devices that utilize the newer 802.11ac wifi connections, however I already feel a speed difference and stability increase by quite a bit. I'd say 15% faster on a normal 802.11n.

    So for those looking to simply update there Time capsules, or airport system. I would say yes!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Time Capsule be a WIFI network Extender of AirPort Extreme?

    Will the new Time Capsule extend the WIFI network of an Airport Extreme as it did in the past.
    In an 8000 SQ ft home, II needed 3 routers in the past. Time Capsule was like a middle man with multiple functions. Will this still be true with the newer versions?

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great But....

    Everything works but I keep getting randomly dropped and it loses connection. Otherwise it's a great apple product.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Fantastic!

    Let me make a long story short - I've owned pretty much every brand of wireless router including D-Link, Netgear, and Motorola routers. My latest mistake was opting for a Motorola combo cable modem/WiFi router because it was about $100 cheaper than the AirPort Extreme and included the required cable modem. Boy was that a mistake. I live in a studio apt. with a small concrete wall dividing my bedroom from the living room, and I couldn't get a signal in bed. I resorted to buying a Netgear range extender, but it cut my speeds by about 90% so I finally gave up and just bought the AirPort. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! I now get 5 bars in my room with nearly 60 Mbps speed (on a 60 Mbps connection), and I couldn't be happier. This router is worth it's weight in gold. Save yourself a LOT of headaches with the other brands and get yourself one of these bad-boys now!

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router. The Best Yet!

    I can't tell you how many high end routers I have had over the years (including other Airport models). This one I just tested and love it. It took only 2 minutes to set up. The key though is the range and throughput which are both better than any other router I have tried. Look, there are some people that say the wireless backup and access is a tad slow. That is true but it is wireless folks. If you are looking for the quickest speed for a extra drive go buy a WD raptor and plug it in to your computer via USB. I find the access time acceptable. If you are using it for Time Machine backups like me, it works in the background so you don't even know if it is fast or slow. Finally Apple designed and created a AirPort product up to the high build quality and performance of all their other products!

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router and Backup Device

    I got this to go along with my Mid-2013 Macbook Air, and coming from using a Linksys E3000 router, this thing works great! Setup is super super easy using the airport utility, and its really nice to be able to set up a guest network. The speed and range is a lot better than my previous router and it is also easy to get to the storage device and my usb attached drive as well! I think the design is well put together as well. My time machine backups through wifi didnt take that long to back up 32 GB of space i was using in the air.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea... but still in it's beta stage

    I had a Airport Time Capsule for about two weeks, I was able to perform a time machine backup, however, the box got overheated and 12 days later, by whole backup was gone... Not to mention, almost every 2nd day need a reboot, otherwise my MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, apple TV, and a Android phone, loose internet connection (although there's WIFI connection). I revert back to my old ASUS AP, no issues in the past and for sure no issues anytime soon.
    Pros: Easy to setup
    Cons: Super high price for a product which have not been tested, lack of knowledge from Apple Support. DON'T COUNT ON THE BACKUP.... Backup doesn't exist, since in 10 days, the whole backup is gone and disk claimed to be reformatted.
    Apple support guys said this happens because of repeated powercycles... that's BS... so if there's a power outage, my backup is gone??? This is the reason why I give only one star!

    195 of 230 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Connectivity issues.

    After 5 years it was time to upgrade the old Time Machine. The speed on the 11ac version is great. But it is constantly losing connection. I bought one TC, and it was dropping connection with my iphone or ipad all the time. I had to powerdown and power back up (or toggle airplane more) almost constantly. Then, when my macbook tried to run a time machine backup, it gets interrupted every time since it can't hold the signal.

    I returned the initial unit (past the 14 days, but I think the store told employees to take them). I really like the idea of the new TC so I just got a new one on the spot. Its having the same issues. Very frustrating. I'm not giving up, and I'm hopeful that its just a software issue. But I really wish apple would hurry up and come up with a remedy.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Useful as a wireless router.

    The 5GHz wireless performance of this model is considerably improved over prior models. A minor complaint is that the orientation of the ethernet sockets should have been rotated by 90 degrees. It is rather difficult to disengage the clip that locks the ethernet plugs in place. Access to the internal disk drive is very slow and its usefulness as network attached storage is limited. It took about a minute to transfer 1GB to the time capsule using a wired connection. This is a rate of about 16MB/second.

    22 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great power and range - just be careful when opening the box !

    Bought this to replace an ageing router that kept losing signal and range and to get a backup solution and am not disappointed ! It was so easy to set up and get going via an iMac - literally 5 minutes out of the box and I had a much stronger signal that all my Apple devices found immediately (and also an old desktop PC!). Range is good in a stone built three story house. Backup is also simplicity itself - it just works ! Beware when opening the packaging though - when you do finally get the box apart, the device wobbles and falls out - I caught mine luckily, but a lot of these will hit the floor on opening (surprised no-one tested the packaging?!). Open the box in an upright position over a table top or risk damage - seriously !!

    50 of 50 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Unexpectedly Amazed

    Noticeably faster speeds on all devices, none of which are .ac. The only surprise is the software interface needs to be rebooted to see changes such as new devices just joining the network.

    Made it hard to rejoin a speakers-enabled Express since I thought the program would update it's presence on the fly. Only when I closed the program and reopened it did it see the remote base station after painstakingly resetting it several times. Otherwise, very, very pleased. The addition of a guest network was a pleasant surprise. The packaging is the best yet from Apple, and that's saying a lot.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless for disk storage

    The disk is EXTREMELY slow. Maximum speed I was able to get from it is 30 megabytes per second sustained write over 1Gb ethernet connection. To transfer 2 terabytes of data with this speed would take about 18 hours (assuming the entire 2 terabytes of data are one huge file). In reality, for Time Machine backups, the speeds are measured in megabytes per second, so to backup 200 gigabytes of data to it, assuming average speed of 5 megabytes per second (which is VERY optimistic estimate, when thousands of files need to be transferred) would take about 11 hours.

    So my suggestion is to avoid this Time Capsule and go for the basic Extreme base station (which is exactly the same device sans the disk), and use an external hard drive (which you, when needed, can simply connect directly to your Mac). Not to mention that if you decide to upgrade the next time Apple releases a new version of Time Capsule - you'd have to transfer the 2 (or 3) terabytes of data from one slow device to another, whereas if you just use an external USB drive - you can simply connect it to the new base station.

    151 of 190 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product. Terrible packaging. Beware!

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The coolest Time Capsule yet!... No, really, it's "cool"!

    I owned a 500GB Time Capsule, which most of the time was as hot as my 1st Gen Apple TV, not to mention the hot footprint that the unit leaves. This new Time Capsule not only has a significantly smaller footprint when compared to older models, but even after performing an initial backup of 500GB the unit and surrounding area is cool to the touch!

    1 of 2 people found this useful