• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not touch this piece of junk

    I have been using Apple products since 1983 for business & private use. This would have to be the absolute worst Apple product that I have used & it is disgraceful that it carries the Apple name. Absolute waste of money, time and effort.
    Slow, erratic, unreliable, poor support, made no difference to network. Ignore the starry eyed 5 star reviews and read the one star reviews.
    About to replace this expensive piece of junk with an external hard drive. Will avoid all Apple accessories in future.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    First unit died inside of 3 months. I have been through TWO MORE units and BOTH of these simply decide to drop internet or power down. Requires a manual unplug to get it back up and running. Totally unreliable. Shame on you Apple. Next I will try to get my money back and buy a real wifi router....

    45 of 57 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Twice the Internet Speed!

    We just installed our Time Capsule last night and I used it to create a new wireless network. I checked the speed of our old wi-fi modem (Motorola Surfboard) and we were getting 52.34Mbps download speeds. Checked the new Time Capsule network and got a whopping 106.52Mbps! We're finally getting the speed we're paying for.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product!!!

    I had a router and the range was good, but i had problems of stability. i purchased Airport Time capsule 3TB, without knowing all the details and full potential…. I am amazed on the speedy and ease of set-up. the back of my daughter mac book air is so intuitive. just had to activate the back up option on her mac book… should have purchased it long ago.
    i love it… Well done Apple!!!

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fab to have it!!

    Time capsule is really easy to set up just put poe on and can connect any router use ether wire, and Time capsule is boot up internet make the internet really quick just also 1 sec also use Time machine on mac back up anytime time self also easy access on pc can back up from pc or any devices, any great idea have own USB mean can back up all work from USB to time capsule without computer can on smart phone to control Time Capsule

    7 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect — Not Quite

    This is a great product. Period. What I find frustrating is the lack of an all-in-one solution, which is what you should get at this price-point. This product lacks an audio port, which means if you want AirPlay support, you have to spend another $100. You can use the USB port to charge your iPhone, but not to back it up. You can plug in a hard drive OR printer, but you can't do both.

    Additionally, when the TC first came out, one of the selling points was the "server grade" hard drive. That line no longer appears and inside there is now a fairly cheap, consumer grade drive. As long as it doesn't fail, I really don't care, but it's worth mentioning.

    Setting aside these rather nit-picky points, everything else is top-notch.

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Time Capsule

    This is a great product and easy to install. I was using in 20 minutes. I think setup is easier with a Mac computer.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well if on Mac, but little ability on IOS, including file Sharing!!!

    WTF Apple... You don't have an app or native IOS integration with Time Capsule for file sharing, or really anything beyond configuring a network connection?

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, back up IOS to iTunes on your Mac, then back up to the Time Capsule is a hack way of addressing backups (and you know this is a hack way that won't poach on your iCloud business). So, backups are kinda, sorta, taken care of but not really the nice 'Apple way' we would expect here.

    Either way, without a 3rd party app, you can't access files on the Time Capsule. Works great when you're isolated to a Mac.

    Come on Apple, step up here.

    23 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the best

    My experience with this has not been the best, I expected better for the price (I bought the latest redesigned model)

    I've just started logging every issue I have, but haven't collected enough data to use in in this review, but wanted to share my experience to date.

    The odd thing is that I bought this to replace my airport extreme router, which I was very happy with. I assumed this would be at least as good, but where my last one was very stable, this one needs to restarted every two weeks, either because it can't be found, or internet is having issue. A reboot typically fixes it, but for a $400 device, its ridiculous to walk up to it to do a manual reboot so frequently.

    Especially the 5GHz radio band (the fast band), seems to be less robust.

    Also, shortly after I had bought it, I lost a good bit of data which I was not happy about. My computer had reported that the backup had completed successfully, but when upgrading a drive and doing a restore from the Time Capsule (which was another headache), I discovered problems with my music and photo backups (I spent significant time cleaning up, integrating, and organizing these libraries, and I completely lost those and still trying to recover from that), . Any backup I do to a regular USB drive i've never had a problem (and they are easier to restore from). Its still a little mysterious to me how or why these were not successfully backed up.

    If I hadn't giving my old Airport Extreme to my sister, I would have sent this back, but now i'm kind of stuck with it. If I could do over, I would switch back to my airport extreme for a router, and just get a normal USB drive and plug that my Mac. One upside of this device over a regular USB drive is that my laptop and desktop macs can both wireless backup (hopefully next time my data will be there if I need it).

    Lastly (not my last issue, just the last one I will write about) is that i've disconnected my Nest thermostat from using this router and put it back to my AT&T 2-wire router, because I would frequently lose the ability to adjust the thermostat remotely when on the Apple network.

    So, needless to say, not my favorite apple product. The concept is great, its compact, it looks create, its wireless. If you want something that works well, I personally can't recommend this.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    No problems ,pluged into bt hub followed airport utility instructions on mac , took max 10 mins ,,signal to all devices is much better and faster much faster wifi had 2mbps, now 11mbps very happy

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Purchased this unit from a third party electronic store. Arrived very quickly and setup was a breeze. I was especially excited about the increased speeds, etc. I had had no problems with my little Airport Extreme, but thought the major step up would be a good idea. Well, after about 6 months, I am seriously regretting my purchase. I have Atlantic Broadband as my cable and internet provider. Well, I had just re-installed the ATC-3TB three days ago. Things have been going fairly smoothly... the usual difficulty in recognizing the ATC by my Mac BookPro Retina, and a seemingly reluctance to do backups, for whatever reason. But, over looking that minor annoyance, everything else seemed to be going along swimmingly. Then IT happened again. Sunday evening, around 9:00 pm, internet service all but ceased. No Safari, no FaceBook, nada. Zip. Creeping blue progress line. Went back and re-installed the little AirPort Extreme. Voila! Service back on, everyone back on line. We are all happy. I guess I can use the ATC as a plug in backup and keep my old AirPort Extreme as my router. Pretty darn expensive hard drive.

    39 of 56 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Wireless...frustrating as HECK otherwise

    First off the bat...the wireless section is awesome...but everything else is frustrating.
    First off, IVP6 support...it is listed, but Apple has issues with IVP6, particularly with Comcast.
    Second, the Time Capsule portion. I want to shoot it. With a large caliber weapon. Constantly loses the network connections. Can't be used as a media server (Uh...Apple...Garageband awesomeness and you make a 3 TB drive that won't work to store and serve freaking media files????). I've tried every possible configuration. Been on the phone with tech support multiple times and they admit it has problems. Now it won't allow me any access to my stored files at ALL. Including my media and personal files like tax and banking info. I am going to try to figure out how to get them off with the help of tech support and exchange it for an Airport Extreme and a NAS drive. If you used it just as a backup, then fine...if it would maintain a connection. But do not buy this if you intend to put your media and other files on it as you too will be shopping for ammunition.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Powerful under the hood

    Being a wireless & security tech, I chose to test this device before making it the heart of my home network. What I discovered is that not only is the wireless rock solid when the device is placed properly in the premises (which many people neglect), but the easy-as-pie administration via AirPort Utility is surprisingly flexible and powerful. I was able to set up a very secure network with a hidden BSSID, a fairly secure guest network that broadcasts (think honeypot), and easily added extenders (Extreme and Extreme+) that allow me full streaming signal strength across 1 acre of property and anywhere in the house. The networking is in bridged mode so I get DHCP IPs from the cable modem, thus avoiding dual-NAT. Despite all the fiddling I do with my Macs, they all get backed up automatically and the drive and printer sharing has worked as well. I always take the time to make sure I'm spending my money smartly, but there simply wasn't any other product on the market as solid as this that could perform all of these functions, reliably and without a ton of drivers and setup time.

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best wireless ROUTER/BACKUP solution out there!

    This is by far the most functional and most controllable (with app) router via any iDevice/Mac! I love how it stable and quickly it backs up my MacBook Pro and other household Mac devices. It is possible to use it as a stand alone 'network drive' but that's not what this device is designed to be. Like I said, it is possible, you just have to search the 'net for the "how-to".

    The internet connection is solid. Initially, it wasn't, but after updating the firmware, it runs like a champ. I have never had to reset this router at all since then (it's been at least 6 months or maybe even longer).

    The tech specs and description speaks for itself, but if you use this as it is intended to be used (a backup source, hence 'time capsule' not 'network drive'); you will be more than pleased with it's speed, range and durability.

    I'm so tired of these 1 star reviews tainting the final overall score of this exceptional product. Use it for what it is and rate it for what it's supposed to do, not what you were hoping it would or wouldn't be!

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very unstable, and Airport Utility is virtually useless

    Worked for the first year. Now it is very unstable. Every time we run Airport Utility the Time Capsule "cannot be found". We have to power recycle the Time Capsule. Every time! Then one and only one of our many devices kept dropping off of the LAN until I changed IPv6 settings on both Time Capsule and iMac. Really, Apple? Apple tech support has zero clue as to why this is happening and refuses to help. My Time Capsule is essentially becoming a very, very expensive paperweight. Thanks a lot, Apple!

    64 of 73 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    LOVE this thing!

    It's too bad about the experience the negative reviewers have had... Here's how my experience started:
    1) Receive the device a day sooner than expected
    2) Took it home over lunch break, opened the package, verified it was in perfect shape (it was)
    3) Removed my Netgear NightHawk router from my LAN
    4) Plugged necessary data cables into the device, then powered it up
    5) Made a trip to the next room to my iMac
    6) Spent PRECISELY three (3) minutes turning on Time Capsule and configuring the device via the Airport app in "Utilities"
    7) Started the first backup of my iMac (588 Gigs)
    8) Made and devoured a party pizza (15 minutes)
    9) Went to check, and discovered that everything was already done!

    Fast, easy and, considering the backup potential with 3 TB, not terribly expensive. For real-world testing, I ran five speed tests using www.speedtest.net, and my 50/5MB connection tested at 48.6/4.73 via wireless.


    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor hard drive capabilities

    Purchased this 3tb capsule twice, first one came factory defective according to apple. Second one, works fine as a network adapter, but is way to slow for a hard drive, wifi or with ethernet. I bought it to transfer 800gb of photos onto it. moving them over to it was very difficult, seemed unstable, unreliable, and it was never doing what it said it was doing. After it taking a couple of days to transfer my photos, now when i load the shared drive through finder, it occasionally says it doesn't exist, or was disconnected from network, then i go into the airport utility and wait for it to load there and sometimes that works but not always. after it loads , you click onto the data folder which inside is my photos, which at this point takes atleast 15 mins for the previews to load. I finally get them loaded and notice theres 504 photos that the icons appear transparent, and say they are zero bytes. i check the info on the photos and they say they were created jan 1984 at 3am, and modified jan 2068. so what does that mean. anyway, i have to rate it 2 stars because for the price , its not worth the aggrivation

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    This is dreadful in the extreme. I purchased it with a cisco modem/router after my old backup drive crashed. I set it up in bridge mode attached to my modem via ethernet cable with the hope of using it as a wireless point for a sound system consisting of Bang & Olufsen and Libratone speakers. As a wireless point it works fine but my internet connection and external ip cameras never worked. Have now reverted to my cisco modem/router and bought a regular backup drive. STAY AWAY FROM THIS. IT WILL DO YOUR HEAD IN!!!

    21 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love This!!

    Is it expensive? yes... is it worth it? yes, at least for me... I have no idea why people say they had problem with the setup cause I did it all in my old iphone with absolutely no problems in less than 3 minutes. Love the design, is heavy but it needs to be is a back up plus you don't want it to easily knocked to the floor. I bought 3TB not that I needed it but why not?

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great; Now!!

    Had problems with the 2.4GHz band quitting intermittently. Called support and they replaced. Same thing with the replacement. So after much troubleshooting and head scratching; had an "ah ha" moment and moved the device a couple of feet away. It is now "rock solid". Still don't know why but it works; that's all that matters!!

    6 of 8 people found this useful