• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not that different from prior ones

    We expanded our network with this product. The time capsule feature is prone to repeated malfunction. Apple stores keeps replacing. The time capsules are apples poorest products, such a pity. Hopefully they will revolutionize this product and make it better.

    43 of 51 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Love and hate relationship

    There are 2 Apple products out of MANY that I've owned that I regret purchasing. Out of the 2, I hate this one the most. As far as the wireless part of it, it is OUTSTANDING. I couldn't ask for a better wireless access point. The hard drive/storage side of it... Completely useless. My iTunes library exceeds 1TB. So I purchased the 3TB version for further expansion and also to use as my Time Machine back up. So far, I've had to delete the entire drive 3 times in just over that many months. This last time, it has TRULY be inconvenient as I'm now stationed in Korea and don't have access to my main source which I keep on a Drobo setup due to having RAID capability. If it wasn't for my Drobo, I would have lost everything twice already. I kept myself from buying the original Airport Time Capsule because I had read the consumer ratings, most of which were bad when it came to the back up drive. Apple should have fixed this problem before releasing this product. If you treasure what you plan to keep on your back up drive, DON'T buy this for that purpose.

    81 of 106 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Glorified NAS & AP.

    But, ever since I got the new AirPort Time Capsule - 3TB. My wireless connection has been dropping a lot. I have set static IPs for all my devices that come in and out of range of the time capsule.
    positives:
    -The compact size and being vertical is great and nice to look at in my IT room.
    -set up was easy from an existing AirPort Time Capsule. migrating settings was a breeze.
    negatives:
    -wished there was a way to monitor data, websites being visited, ect. for devices connected to it. ie, Sonic Wall. If Apple continues to expect us to pay $400 for an AP. It should have more capabilities.

    15 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product but beware of awful packaging, falling time capsules....

    This new version of the Time Capsule is an excellent refresh of the Time Capsule lineup and replaces the previous Time Capsule I bought 6 months ago as I want the ac wireless and improved range. This TC has a much smaller footprint on my desk and it's wireless range is greatly improved. The ease of setting this TC up means a 5 year old could probably do this. The automatic backups give great peace of mind too. If you have a lot of data or like to backup your mac regularly then i recommend you buy this. You won’t regret it. Sure it’s not cheap, but it does the job like no other backup drive/system.

    CAUTION: IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO BUYING THIS....WHEN IT ARRIVES, MAKE SURE THAT YOU OPEN THE TIME CAPSULE BOX ON A BED OR A SIMILARLY CUSHIONED SURFACE. YOUR TIME CAPSULE WILL MOST LIKELY FALL OUT OF THE BOX AND ONTO THE SURFACE UNDERNEATH AS MINE DID....

    Luckily I had read a previous review and I was still very careful, however when I opened mine over the bed it still fell out of the box. If I had not read this review I would most likely have opened it on my desk as I do most of my purchases and I would now have a dented/chipped/damaged time capsule. And Apple one severely annoyed customer…

    APPLE - YOU REALLY HAVE TO IMPROVE ON THE PACKAGING FOR THIS PRODUCT and I'm deducting a whole 1 star just because of the LAME-ASS packaging. It really is awful and detracts from what should be and for the whole is a very easy and stress-free setup. I've used other backup drives and this is the best. Don't let some shoddy packaging ruin it.

    39 of 46 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 2 Connectivity ?

    Plus points: easy to set up and looks very good.
    Negatives: USB 2. why not USB 3 or, even better, thunderbolt.

    I bought this to consolidate my movie and TV collections, which are spread amongst various hard drives at present. Im sure it will work ok but the time to transfer 1TB of data is coming up as 2 days (hard wired)

    40 of 45 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buying this device was a HUGE mistake

    I've just purchased the 3TB Airport Time Capsule model. Setup was easy. Then begins the nightmare. The Time Capsule keeps disconnecting on its own. Trying to access the Time Capsule Disk from my Mac Book Pro hangs/freezes the Finder. Internet also disconnects on its own. I have to pull the power cord to turn off and restart the device after every few minutes. Airport Utility app is USELESS, it has very minimal options.

    16 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Product

    In response to the above review from Tim Q, If you want to extend your current Wi-Fi network the best way to do that is through Powerline wi-fi extender technology. It's cheap too. It works by connecting your router to your home electrical circuit via an ethernet cable and a 13amp plug through an adaptor. All the major router brands make the adapters. You can also use powerline adapters to run an ethernet cable directly from the mains plug socket via an adapter into your sky box or whatever freeing you to place your router wherever you want it.

    This upgrade to the Time Capsule is well worth it. It is so much faster and the 3GB is a welcome upgrade to our old 1GB capsule.

    60 of 69 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't even deserve 1 star.

    Well, for the short time it actually worked, it was slow and had wireless connectivity issues. Lo and behold, just weeks after the warranty expired, so did the hardware.

    Rubbish.

    110 of 189 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Seriously unhappy

    I bought the 3TB Time Capsule to extend my current WIFI network, act as a wireless access point for a printer and to enable wireless Time-Machine back-ups from our home network of 4 Mac computers. I have previously used an old Airport Extreme with hard-drive plugged in, which worked perfectly (until software updates to the Airport Utility made it defunct). However, please be aware: the new Time Capsule will not extend a WIFI network as suggested in the product literature, unless this is initiated from an Apple router. The only way satisfactory way to use this device is to hardwire it in to your DLNA router via ethernet. As far as I can see, the only reason to go for a Time Capsule in the first place, is so that it can be used as a wireless access point - which means it is not really fit for purpose!!! Since my DLNA router needs to be in our living room, near our Sky box, this is never going to work....

    I advise everyone to read the support threads regarding WIFI set-up of this device, before even considering buying.

    Mine will be going back to the local Apple Store tomorrow. What a waste of an evening trying to get it to work (not happy)....

    342 of 553 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic and easy setup

    Decided to replace my 1TB Time Capsule and couldn't be happier....All five computers backed up with no fuss as all...Brilliant!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dead! Can't be trusted.

    It worked flawlessly and I actually loved it for my home office as a WiFi access point and network storage. It's been in a room with 24/7 A/C and the thing just died on me. Who would have thought that the latest generation Time Capsule has "corroded" so quickly. It's been only weeks and the information trusted to it is not accessible. Only knew about it by a system message indicating disconnection. That is not a warning. That was a death certificate. It died SO quickly that I never had the chance to connect an external drive to back it up. Purchase and use at your own risk. You have been warned.

    173 of 260 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Experience

    Apple has done a great job integrating a backup system (Time Capsule) & AirPort Extreme WiFi into a high performance unit. I owned the older 5th generation Airport Extreme but it's signal was weak in some areas of my apartment. With this latest design having the antennas 6" off the base, it does appear to produce a much stronger signal allowing me to use my iPad, MacPro & iPhone even on my front porch.

    The Time Capsule is pretty much quiet and not even thought about. I do check in on the progress when it's backing up but things look good with no complaints so far.

    Can't wait until I get the new iPhone 5S to use the new 802.11ac speed this model offers offering wifi speeds up to 3 times faster. This model will carry me through the next few generations of Apple products I'll be getting in the future.

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work

    I have the previous version of the AirPort Time Capsule and it worked great - and still does. I wanted to upgrade for the faster 802.11ac. I could not get the unit to recognize my router. I took it back to Best Buy and thought of exchanging, but asked if they had seen this problem. I was told that 5 or 6 units had been returned for the same reason. Let's please have some better quality control.

    160 of 238 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Best Product In the World

    Love you Apple

    11 of 72 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality product.

    I've just purchased this today from my local Apple Store. By the time I got it home and out of the box, set my Virgin Media Super Hub to Modem Mode, plugged in the AirPort Time Capsule, downloaded the latest firmware via the AirPort Utility App on my iPhone, I was done in 10 mins. It was so simple to set up and I've noticed a performance boost for all my wifi connected devices now. Time Machine is set up on my Mac, and backing up seamlessly in the background. The build quality is superb, as to be expected from Apple.

    191 of 209 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Super easy setup, flawless operation

    I've set up several wireless routers at home offices and other people's homes but this is by far the simplest setup of all. When I finished the installation process, I couldn't believe I was actually done! I thought the process went too quickly and that I might have missed a step somewhere because the setup process was so fast, but I verified internet connectivity and voila'! I set up each wireless device in our home and we were up and running faster than my Keurig can brew a single cup of coffee!

    Love my 3TB Time Capsule. I've been using it for several weeks now and haven't had a single hiccup. I have a Wifi extender which is plugged in 2 floors above the router and I get 24mbps up and 5mbps down. Streaming Netflix in the spare bedroom won't be a problem with the range, directivity and reliability of this amazing product.

    33 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant

    I had a WD 1TB external drive that I backed up to. It was OK. Then I bought the Airport Time Capsule 3TB. It was so easy to set up, and now I do not have to do anything. Auto back ups, extended wifi range and very fast, I have connected all my devices from my smart TV to my work laptop and iOS devices to the the Time Capsule. It just works, and it looks good. You won't regret buying one of these.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I Love Apple

    Had a cicso wireless, it was old but it worked well, but I wanted more power and more TM space. This device is perfect. Looks great, so simple to set up and wireless backup. 2 iPhones, iPad, macair and iMac all have WAY stronger wireless connection with this classy looking white brick. So does the PS3 in the far corner of the basement. Way to go Apple!!!

    13 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Doubled my wi-fi speed

    Simple to setup, doubled my wi-fi speed and stylish to boot! Looking forward to getting the MacPro soon to check out the Wi-Fi ac functionality - yum!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Still no Thunderbolt?

    My older, less expensive Firewire externals run faster.

    42 of 81 people found this useful