AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB

  • Overview

    Back up a lifetime’s worth of memories with AirPort Time Capsule, a wireless hard drive that works seamlessly with Time Machine in OS X. It’s also a fully featured Wi-Fi base station with the latest 802.11ac technology and simultaneous dual-band support. Choose from 2TB and 3TB models.

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    Automatic wireless backup.

    AirPort Time Capsule includes a 2TB or 3TB hard drive that works with Time Machine in OS X to create the perfect no-hassle backup solution.1 There are no cables, and you can back up all the Mac computers in your home to a central location — automatically, wirelessly, and in the background.

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    Ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

    With 802.11ac technology and a powerful beamforming antenna array, AirPort Time Capsule gives you up to 3x faster Wi-Fi and a stronger, clearer signal.2 And because it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time, your wireless devices will automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest performance possible.

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    Designed with performance in mind.

    With the antennas at the top of the elevated design, AirPort Time Capsule now has a higher platform for dispersing the signal. We also increased the number of antennas. There are now six of them — three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. Together with 802.11ac technology, they let you connect faster, farther, and with more power than ever before.

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    Easy setup for iOS and OS X.

    Connect your DSL or cable modem to AirPort Time Capsule and use the built-in setup assistant to create your new wireless network in just a few taps from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. If you’re using a Mac, use the built-in AirPort Utility. Setup is just as fast and just as easy.

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    Share your hard drive or printer.

    AirPort Time Capsule can turn any external USB hard drive into a secure drive you can share across your Wi-Fi network. So all the documents, videos, photos and other files instantly become available to anyone, Mac and PC users alike. You can even connect a printer and share it wirelessly.

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    Compatibility and security.

    Any Wi-Fi device you have will work with AirPort Time Capsule. That’s because it’s compatible with devices using the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n and 802.11ac specifications. And since AirPort Time Capsule features a built-in firewall that protects your network from malicious Internet attacks, you can enjoy the web with peace of mind.

    What’s in the Box

    AirPort Time Capsule

    Printed documentation

    Power lead

    Tech Specs

      Size and Weight

    • Height: 168 mm (6.6 inches)
    • Width: 98 mm (3.85 inches)
    • Depth: 98 mm (3.85 inches)
    • Weight: 1.48 kg (3.26 pounds)3

    Wireless

    IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac2

    Beamforming antenna array

    Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz

    Number of Users

    50

    System Requirements

    Setup and Administration

    Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and AirPort Utility 6.3

    iOS device with iOS 6 or later and AirPort Utility 1.3

    Backup Using Time Machine

    Mac with OS X v10.5.7 or later

    Wireless Device Access

    Any Wi-Fi-enabled device that uses the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac specification

    Shared Printing with a USB Printer

    Mac with OS X v10.2.7 or later

    PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8

    Shared USB Hard Drive

    Mac with OS X v10.4.8 or later

    PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8

  • 3.5 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
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    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Best router I've owned!

      The main reason I bought this was for backups / other storage, but ended up with a very nice surprise. I've tried many different brands / top of the line wif The main reason I bought this was for backups / other storage, but ended up with a very nice surprise. I've tried many different brands / top of the line wifi routers to try and reach my TV/PS3 in a (wifi unfriendly) nook in my living room, only to return them since I would get no signal there. Only luck I've had is with my upgraded FIOS wifi router, but the signal is marginal at best. I ended up using a power line AV adapter to get a decent signal without having to wire ethernet. Well I hooked up my new time capsule (directly next to my existing router) and tried it out just for fun in that location, not expecting to see anything. I got a FULL signal there...450 mbps connection. Did an internet speed test (I have the 50 mbps FIOS plan) - clocked at 45 mbps! My previous (and best) router got 5 mbps at best there...typically more like 1 - 2. VERY pleasantly surprised with this routers performance and range, so needless to say it has completely replaced my old router in addition to being a great backup drive.

      • Written by Erik N

      2284 of 2407 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Best router I've owned!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Significant range/speed improvement

      I purchased the AirPort Time Capsule with increased range in mind, as I don't have any devices that support 102.11ac yet. I figured the additional antennas and I purchased the AirPort Time Capsule with increased range in mind, as I don't have any devices that support 102.11ac yet. I figured the additional antennas and new configuration would improve the range, and so far that seems to be the case. I was previously using a 1 TB Time Capsule, 102.11n, and devices in the back bedroom (about 100-125 feet away, around several corners) struggled to get a good signal. I did several tests in the back corner of the back bedroom on my iPhone 5 (Speedtest.net app) before and after the upgrade. I have a 50+ MBPS connection. The average before the upgrade was 3.5 MPBS down and 0.75 MBPS up. After the upgrade, I averaged 7.5 MBPS down and 8.25 MPBS up. That is about 2x boost in speed down and 10x boost in speed up. Because I am still using the 102.11n technology, I believe that these speed increases are due to the improvement in range.

      • Written by Daniel M from Puyallup

      1328 of 1446 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Significant range/speed improvement

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic throughput, good hard disk

      I am extremely happy with this Time Capsule. Using it as my base station with two Airport Express, three Airplay-capable sound systems and numerous mobile devic I am extremely happy with this Time Capsule. Using it as my base station with two Airport Express, three Airplay-capable sound systems and numerous mobile devices (plus a Desktop) attached, I see way better throughput on the 5 GHz band than with my prior Airport Extreme. I have no problems constantly reaching 105+ Mbit/s connection speeds with this product. The hard disk is easily mounted and shows fast and reliable transfer speeds. Thumbs up, Apple.

      • Written by Sascha Michael T from Köln

      1204 of 1294 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Fantastic throughput, good hard disk

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Buy this thing!

      I recently was using a 1T external HD for backup but needed a replacement as it was reaching its capacity and at the same time my Airport Express 3rd gen. was d I recently was using a 1T external HD for backup but needed a replacement as it was reaching its capacity and at the same time my Airport Express 3rd gen. was due for retirement so why not kill two birds with one stone. I make most of my Apple purchases through their refurbished department and saw a 2T Time Capsule for $179 so why not. Setting up the wi-fi was a breeze but the backup system was a bit troublesome so I called tech support. It turns out that if you hook Time capsule to a cable modem that does double duty as a router you might run into a communication issue. I finished setting up my Time Capsule and the last bit of advice was to contact my cable provider and request that they disable the wifi function of their modem and thus put it in "bridge" mode. Long story short Apple's router is twice as fast as the cable router. A win/win situation so as the title of my review states buy this thing and you'll never look back.

      • Written by Edward L from New York

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Buy this thing!

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      A bit disappointed in the performance.

      I purchased one of these to replace an AirPort Express when I moved into a larger apartment, as the Express was only 802.11n and was having some trouble reachin I purchased one of these to replace an AirPort Express when I moved into a larger apartment, as the Express was only 802.11n and was having some trouble reaching the back bedrooms. In the 2 & 1/2 years I owned the Express I never once had an issue or had to do a thing to it. I can't say the same about the Time Capsule. I keep running into issues where my devices show full Wi-Fi signal strength but webpages or whatever won't load. Once I restart the Time Capsule the issue fixes itself for a few days but then it re-appears and I have to restart again. In addition, the range isn't what I expected. My place is only about 1100 square feet but I'm still having trouble getting a good signal in areas furthest from the router. This may be due to the construction of my building (I'm on the 30th floor of a high-rise, so it's all steel and concrete), but like I said, my place isn't that large. As far as the time machine backup portion goes, that seems to work okay. I have not had any issues.

      • Written by Anthony G from Chicago

      3 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?A bit disappointed in the performance.

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Did I really just buy a $300 router?

      To the best of my knowledge this device has literally NO way to access the hard drive. For anyone who, you know, actually wanted to use any of the 2TB hard driv To the best of my knowledge this device has literally NO way to access the hard drive. For anyone who, you know, actually wanted to use any of the 2TB hard drive. No way to back up my iPhone, Or iPad. Apple, you have to be kidding me? The only thing this product does is work with time machine to back up my macbook. Which is nice, but I can do that with a much less expensive external hard drive, that actually functions as an external hard drive. I didn't even investigate beforehand to see if these things were possible, because I thought it was just common sense. So disappointed in this product.

      • Written by Frank G from Toledo

      6 of 8 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Did I really just buy a $300 router?

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