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
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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

      2287 of 2410 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

      1330 of 1448 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

      1205 of 1295 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Fantastic throughput, good hard disk

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Bad by design

      Be aware - device will last 2 years, then start overheating and you are done. I'm not a first one and you will be next. Apple do not provided any service or rep Be aware - device will last 2 years, then start overheating and you are done. I'm not a first one and you will be next. Apple do not provided any service or repair for this device. Best you can - 15% discount for new one. No another complains.

      • Written by Dmitrijs P from Foster City

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Bad by design

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Device not visible anymore, restore impossible

      One of the worst Apple products I owned. The network visibility suddenly went away, leaving both backup and now restore without function. Absolutely frustra One of the worst Apple products I owned. The network visibility suddenly went away, leaving both backup and now restore without function. Absolutely frustrating device, stay away.

      • Written by Sebastian R from Dresden

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Device not visible anymore, restore impossible

    • 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!

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