• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It does not support iCloud

    Apparently when Apple is advertising Apple Watch, iPhone 6 and the continuity with iCloud, the AirPort Time Capsule with gigantic 3TB storage is long forgotten. The storage in this Internet device is irrelevant to any iCloud service or any applications on iOS (except a simple configuration tool!) The time capsule can do Time Machine backup, but I have no way to backup my three other iOS devices directly to it. The file copy speed is also slow, either using 1Gbps wired connection or 802.11ac, I can only get ~30MBytes/sec speed, which is slower than any other computers on my local area network. Apple, please do something to make it useful, for example, tether the 3TB storage to my iCloud Drive, and give the iOS option to backup to the AirPort Time Capsule's 3TB storage!

    13 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    ehhh for this price?

    I'm really not impressed. Yes, it gives me wireless internet. Yes, most of the time I can access my files wirelessly. However, it constantly disconnects as a hard drive (leaves my internet alone) and I cannot access my files. I noticed this is a common problem so I set the device and my laptop to not go into sleep mode and this still has not fixed the issue. After a few hours of not using it, I have to unplug it or change some of the settings so it resets itself. Not what someone expects from apple or a product of this price (MBP and Time Capsule).

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Hard Drive Won't Stay Mounted

    Unreliable. The hard drive portion of the product is supposed to be a network disk, but it will not stay mounted. It drops off and disconnects. Have to unplug AirPort Time Capsule to reboot. Pain in the tail and jeopardizes backups. Works fine as a Wireless Access Point, but not as a hard drive. Come on, Apple . . . You can do better!

    69 of 79 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Why no SNMP?

    The only drawback is that "upgrading" to this model meant I lost the long-used functionality of SNMP for tracking network usage. Come on Apple, why did you remove such a fundamental industry standard?

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy install

    Easiest install ever. Had Time Capsule up and running in under 5 minutes. Had a 5th Gen Time Capsule and left it powered so the new one asked to copy settings and that was it. Done! Added an Airport Extreme to expand network and then finally re-added back in the original time machine to not only expand the network with 3 devices now have 2 time machines. The Time Machine asks which disks to back up to and since there are 2 is asks if I want to alternate backups on each one. Great Idea! Yes I do for redundancy.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it!!!

    After having a bad experience with another (different brand) back-up drive, I decided to give the Time Capsule a try. While expensive, I have found it is worth every penny. It serves as a 3TB back-up drive AND a 802.11ac router. AC wireless routers are expensive, so considering this gives you a cutting edge WiFi router in addition to 3TB of back-up storage, you really do get a lot of bang for your buck. Besides, it has been very reliable and is quite nice looking to boot. I would highly recommend this product!

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not up to expectations

    I have a new MacBook Pro with 16 Gb RAM, 2.8 GHz i7, 1 Tb SSD drive. Can't buy a better one. It took 4 days to do the first Time Machine backup and 2 days to do the second. WAY TO SLOW to be useful especially with the MacBook Pro. Should have saved the money and stuck to my old system and just used an external USB 3 drive. I could get 2 , 2Tb drives for the $200 extra it cost

    49 of 68 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    A few weeks ago, I ordered this to replace my first or second gen (don't recall, it's been a while) Time Capsule. The old one was a refurb, and had seen better days. Signal strength was weakening, backup had stopped, it was refreshing IP and dropping connections. There are at least 10 devices in my house connecting all at the same time. I work from home. I was hesitant to order this one based on some of the reviews. If you're like me, don't hesitate. It's great.

    Setup was a breeze. Did it from my iPhone. Backups from my Apple laptop started immediately. All devices connected seamlessly; no need to go through the password routine. Xbox, iPhones, Android phones, printers, Kindles, two work laptops, one personal laptop and more --- lots going on.

    Signal strength is outstanding. I get 5 bars on my Windows laptop (my main work device) consistently, dropping to 4 at the lowest. I do a lot of VOIP talking through this laptop and voice quality in and out is good. Page loading is fast. Document uploads and downloads are great. I have good cable speed and could never understand why my uploads/downloads were so slow. This device has addressed that.

    And lastly, the design is typically Apple genius. The vertical presence is much more friendly to being put on your desk top. Instead of hiding under some shelf and collecting months' worth of dust, it sits there like it's supposed to be there.

    If it starts to fizzle out, I'll be sure to post another review, but so far -- Fantastic.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great unit, and I've had no issues to date

    I purchased one of these "new" models to replace an older one that was coming on 3 1/2 years or so. It seems to work great thus far. Take all reviews with a grain of salt, positive and negative, as there are people who this will NOT work so well for and others, like myself, who its perfect for.
    No, it is not a "modem/router", no it will not "extend" your wifi network unless using 2 of them to bounce off each other, OR you seriously know how to actually make this one pick up a wifi signal and repeat it.
    BUT in saying that, if you need a wifi backup of your mac and want to use time machine wirelessly. it works fine. If you would like access to everything from the drive (The old "back to mac" style) it seems to work fine (albeit a little slower that I would have hoped)

    The machine looks good, works for its intended purpose and works well. I think apple just need to be careful when advertising certain aspects and the wording of those aspects.... maybe they are expecting with future upgrades they will allow more functionality with this, but who knows.

    All in all, very happy with the 3TB model, use it daily, and I have had no issues with it what so ever.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Combination

    I replaced a Linksys E4200 WiFi with the AirPort Time Capsule 3TB. First thing i noticed, the improved signal strength and speed. I am able to use wireless N 5GHz on my devices without any issues. Setup was very easy except the limited selections for IP settings on the network. I like to use a custom IP, but with this device, only limited to 3 static choices in the IPv4 range. Also, you cannot limit the number of connections on the Guest WiFi.
    There are only 3 Ethernet ports. I guess Apple wants us to use the Wifi.
    The built-in 3TB HDD is great for Apple's Time Machine.
    There is drawback that AppleCare is not available for the product. Not sure if I need it since all my Apple devices has not failed in 3 years that i owned them.
    The design is great.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    wireless network is terrible! much worse signal strength than older model!

    The signal strength from my old Time Capsule was MUCH better. It is so bad that I had to set up my old Time Machine nearby and then use it to extend my wireless network to get reliable signals in my home. It still "drops" my signal at various times (the old Time Machine never did that!) and ticks me off when I am trying to download something, listen to music, or watch a video. I have been through the setup for this thing multiple times and have even reset it to factory settings, then tried setting it up again. Nothing works. Sorry to have spent $399 for such a piece of junk!

    72 of 85 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Happy

    I've had the 3TB TC for about six months or so. It has been excellent. I connect my three Macs, MP 5,1 (just sold), 2012 mini and 2012 MBP by Ethernet when on my desk. The MBP and iPhone 5c frequently use WiFi. I've had no configuration or connection issues at all.

    The poor thing has even been tortured a little bit by having the reconfigured mini and sold Mac Pro sparsebundles deleted. On another occasion I deleted the TC just to start out fresh with TM backups from the mini and MBP.

    For awhile the TC was holding backups from all three Macs. Could I be happier? Sure, another couple of Ethernet ports and a 4TB or 5TB option.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great so far for me.

    I've just purchased this from Manchester Airport (tax free - 256 quid if you're looking for a bargain) to replace the BT Homehub 3 using BT Infinity 2 (76Mbps+).

    Much faster than the Homehub, which needed rebooting more than daily. Even the ethernet was terrible when it threw a wobbler.

    This has been running really fast for me.

    Needed to enable the 5GHz network broadcast to let my rMPB communicate in ac, whilst all my n devices stay on the 2.4Ghz Network.
    This can be done via Aiport Utility > Click on Time Capsule> Edit > Wireless Tab > Wireless Options.

    The rMPB retains at minimum 877Mbps connection and gets higher, 1.72 ms ping to Time Capsule from rMPB over ac with 4 other devices connected and Netflix streaming in HD to Apple TV.
    Wireless n works as it should.

    Ethernet connection (Apple TV, Xbox 360) both are quick.

    And by mounting the backup drive in finder (under "Shared" in the sidebar - may have to be enabled in Finder > Preferences > Sidebar Tab) you can use the built in backup disk as a shared network drive)

    A Freecom Mobile Mg is in the USB2 port (Which should be USB3!), and is quick and easy to access.

    Tip: If you have a network drive mounted in finder, you can drag if to System Preferences > Users + Groups > Login Items to have the network drives auto mount when you login.

    You can also go to finder > Preferences > General and check Connected Servers to see drives on your desktop.

    So, looks pretty cool, beam forming seems to work, access over WAN is sleek (over Back to my Mac -but be careful with your passwords!).

    I am satisfied. 1/2 Star off because of USB 2 and not 3, and 1/2 star because of the lack of information regarding having to enable broadcasting at 5GHz to take advantage to take advantage of ac speeds. Took a little bit of thought, should be clearly indicated somewhere.

    From "The Register UK"
    "The 2013 Time Capsule can broadcast simultaneously on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. However, 802.11ac only operates on 5GHz – leaving the 2.4GHz frequency to 802.11n – where it doubles the standard channel width from 40MHz to 80MHz."

    BTW Google "using an apple time capsule with bt infinity" for how to connect to bt.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for a year and a few weeks

    Purchased this on June 22,2013, it worked great for a year and a few weeks, now it just makes a clicking noise and doesn't put out wifi. My last few experiences with Apple have been extremely painful making me question my faith in their iMacs and now Time Capsules.

    59 of 77 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very slow!!!! Muy muy muy muy lentoooooooo

    It's very slow!!! Made a backup using time machine take 14 hours (only 300 GB).
    Es muy lento, copiar cualquier archivo toma horas. Hacer el backup con time machine puede llegar a tomar 14 horas y eso que son sólo 300 GB.

    50 of 81 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the money -- just get a firewire hard drive

    This product is immensely frustrating. It may work OK initially, but wait until you upgrade to the next gen software, like Mavericks. Want to plug it in via ethernet for longer backups -- get ready to try this multiple times and return to find a "Backup Failed" message for reasons that require a lot of effort to resolve. Unless you have an office environment, you're just going to turn off the "hourly" backups out of frustration. Want to change the frequency of the backups, get ready to buy a third party app that works about half the time. Do yourself a favor, just look at all of the support topics for this product and all of the frustrated users. Yes, the concept is great and it is another slick looking Apple product, but you're paying a lot of money for basic wireless functionality that's available from other dedicated storage makers.

    85 of 102 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great design poor execution

    This is a well designed product but the following do not work once you have set it up:
    - HP wifi printer - this was working just fine until I installed the TC 3TB. Apparently, one needs to connect it to the single USB port but that defeats the purpose of having a wifi printer!!
    - if you are using an ADSL router from Sky or BT, you cannot set up the guest network - complicated explanation but that does not work. and there is reams of information on google why that does not work

    If you are only looking for extending your wifi network and hard disk space on your home wifi then this works very well right out of the box and hence just the two stars.

    I am afraid mine is going back on Monday. I have to say this is the most underwhelming product ever to come out of Apple.

    25 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant stuff...with potentials for improvement

    What an "Apple night". Now Airport Time Capsule and Apple TV are happily running together. I've never experienced an easier network setup. With Airport I've plugged it into the network and it did everything automatically. All I have to do was to provide my ISP username and password. No need to web browser access to 192.etc addresses. The interface was very intuitive and I'm now running two WiFi networks, at 2.4 and 5 GHz so there is a better WiFi traffic distribution at home and the signal is stronger. Highly recommended. One suggestion: allow disk partitioning

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Investment I have made in Apple Equipment

    Wireless connection so unreliable that It is going into the trash.

    52 of 91 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No Thunderbolt or even USB3

    Let me say from the off that the concept is brilliant and I couldn't live without it...but...incredibly it does not have a Thunderbolt connection and even more incredibly, it doesn't even have USB3 on it. Now, I had to upgrade my old 1TB Time Capsule because it was so old and I am sure you can imagine how long it took to get the info on to this new 3TB TC. There is no point in singing about Thunderbolt from the roof tops if it isn't going to be on your latest storage device. This is in need of a serious upgrade and only adding USB3 simply won't cut. I'd prefer to go back to the old design as well, but that's just a personal preference.

    Aside of the above gripes, it is tremendously practical and works well.

    3 of 3 people found this useful