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 full-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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    Ultrafast 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 cord

    Tech Specs

      Size and Weight

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

      2310 of 2436 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

      1336 of 1455 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

      1211 of 1302 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Fantastic throughput, good hard disk

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Almost three years and no problems

      I bought this to replace an Airport Express in 2014 and so far so good. No problems whatsoever. No dead spots in my 2 story bungalow, although signal is not t I bought this to replace an Airport Express in 2014 and so far so good. No problems whatsoever. No dead spots in my 2 story bungalow, although signal is not that strong outside. Still a good product.

      • Written by Joseph A from Ferndale

      Is this review useful?Almost three years and no problems

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Disappointing device from Apple

      Constantly issuing "Backup Verification" messages and starting backups over, I can't recommend this device after a few years of use. In addition, BTM has never Constantly issuing "Backup Verification" messages and starting backups over, I can't recommend this device after a few years of use. In addition, BTM has never worked reliably, and expect a restore to take weeks over Wi-fi for a 200GB backup. But hey, it's a great router!

      • Written by Jigs G from Washington

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Disappointing device from Apple

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Useless almost immediately for storage; great as a (not needed) router

      In support of another reviewer who wrote: "The network visibility suddenly went away, leaving both backup and now restore without function. Absolutely frustrati In support of another reviewer who wrote: "The network visibility suddenly went away, leaving both backup and now restore without function. Absolutely frustrating device, stay away." I am having the exact same issue. The Airport Time Capsule is not visible, via Utilities --> Airport. I have tried plugging it in, reconnected the cords. Futile. It does not work wirelessly to back up and it no longer works. Period. 3TB of unused storage. $$$ down the tubes. Bravo Apple. Another useless product in my living room. Exasperating!

      • Written by Andrea A from New Orleans

      13 of 17 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Useless almost immediately for storage; great as a (not needed) router

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