• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Use As Intended

    • Written by from Boca Raton

    I purchased my first Time Capsule in 2011 and just replaced it with the current model. Yes the old one still works and has been backing up three macs hourly since it was new. It has never been turned off. It's currently a back up for the current Time Capsule. This is what I know. Do not put the Time Capsule in an enclosure, make sure you have good air flow around it, set up the time capsule as Apple instructs don't think you know better and use the equipment as intended. This is a durable product don't be afraid of the reviews by those who mean well, but may be legends in their own minds

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Always turns off

    • Written by from Hemet

    Can I please get a refund? I tried to give this product multiple chances, over the year it constantly goes offline and turns off, and is seriously unreliable. For the price and compare to the quality Apple provides in products, this is by far one of the worst products and needs to be recalled. I love Apple, and have been loyal with iPhones, iPad, Apple TV and my Mac Book Pro, but this was the biggest disappointment, I've lost data and wasted my money. Can I trade it in or something? It's been almost a year, now it fails every day.

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failed after just over a year

    • Written by from Killeen

    I purchased this $300 time capsule brand new in Sep 2014 and everything was working fine. I am not a power user, I do not demand a lot from my devices, however this Time Capsule stopped working just outside of the warranty coverage, and apple will not do anything about it. I paid over $300 considering tax and expected something this expensive to last more than a year. I am extremely disappointed and urge you to not purchase this and take your money elsewhere.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm a Fanboy But Disappointed

    • Written by from Clarendon Hills

    So far - not great, not terrible, but definitely disappointing. Some aspects work great, others are nonfunctional. Backup is great. Wireless router is great. Ethernet out is terrible. Which is really strange, right? How does the automatic backup work well, wireless work well, and the least difficult aspect (from an engineering perspective) work terribly? All three ethernet ports don't work well at all. Whether it's plugged into a smart tv or a printer, it doesn't matter, the ethernet has been barely operative from day one.

    I willingly pay a premium for Apple products because I expect that the product will be worth the extra expense. Sadly, this one isn't.

    21 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use just not for as long as you would think.

    • Written by from Tucson

    Bought the airport, set it up easily, used it with no problems for over a year, then totally dead. No warning of impending failure. It just went kaput. I expect more out of a device that paid more than three hundred dollars. I love apple and most of their products but reading up on this device I realized I made a mistake.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This one works great!

    • Written by from CORINTH

    My first TC (purchased about 2 years ago) had some mating issues with my other equipment - likely the Comcast modem. So I returned the TC. I am still with Comcast, but have purchased my own (ZOOM) modem and decided to try another TC. Hooked it all up, and it works great! Fast wifi connections all throughout the house, whether on our MBA's, iPhones, Wii U, XBOX, TV set or DirecTv. Plus, we can now back our MBA's up wirelessly! Granted this is still a new set-up, so longevity is still TBD, but initially, it is working great!

    (Also, to note, this time I bought one from Amazon. It was used, so I returned it and bought it from Apple instead. I would not suggest buying from anyone other than Apple unless you can physically see that it is indeed a brand new unit you will be bringing home.)

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Choice

    • Written by from Petaluma

    After years of Airport Extreme use, I replaced my working device with this Time Capsule. Big mistake. It interferes with my micro-cell device and slows my internet speed by 30%. No amount of re-jiggering with Apple Care techs fixes the problem. Very disappointing. It seems to be an Apple firmware problem but it is not possible to down-grade the firmware to an earlier, workable version.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive piece of worthless junk

    • Written by from Toronto

    It is super slow to transfer and even browse files. Horrible Wi-Fi, iPad and iPhone could not connect to the network, had to revert to my old Airport Express.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Product Defective

    • Written by from Racine

    I really wanted the device to work, but that was not the case. I could not set up the device through the Airport Utility, it continued to say that there was an unexpected error. I was able to connect with my iPhone and set it up, but only the WiFi worked. Sent hours trying to figure it out. Worst Apple product experience I've had, and I've had a lot of Apple products. It was returned today.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A colossal (and expensive) piece of junk

    • Written by from Deerfield

    2TB Time Capsule: Wireless capabilities disappeared shortly after purchase (were intermittent for a while) and now it doesn't even connect when physically plugged in via an ethernet cable to my MBP. Extremely disappointed in such an expensive HDD. Save your money and buy something else!

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Slows internet speed

    • Written by from Ajman

    I love apple products so much but i am very shocked on this one. The airport time capsule is very good with backups but the problem is it slows down the internet connection so badly. My internet is usually fast but with airport time capsule its so slow and also sometimes it disconnects from the devices that connects to it. Now all i do is whenever i need backup i switch it on then back up my computer or else its off and i use my normal internet to get the best speed ;'( .

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't even get it to work

    • Written by from Chicago

    I followed the set up instructions. The computer can be connected to the Airport Time Capsule but there is no internet connection, despite all the green lights. I waited for more than 20 min and tried resetting. Finally, I had to switch back to the older Airport Time Capsule and back to internet. What is the usual set up time once you connect the WAN port cable? Thanks.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Fort Worth

    This thing is useless in all aspect except maybe as a network router (and not even wireless). First it will back-up your info but you can never ever restore from it actually. Good for storing versions of documents, but if you ever try to recover a computer or upgrade to a new computer, it will never work. I've had 2 different Time Capsules and tried both to upgrade to a new computer and both times it failed so I just had to manually transfer my data. The wireless is slow and terrible. The router constantly will disappear from the network making time machine backups impossible until you restart the router by unplugging and replugging. Just get another router and attach a NAS.

    17 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great job @ $50 a year - which hits technology upgrade point

    • Written by from Los Gatos

    This is my third time capsule in about 15 years. It serves as a router (incoming WAN from cable modem to HP LAN switch); wireless access point (part of a wireless canopy with 3 airport express); and time machine target. This purchase replaced a Time Capsule from 2008. Installation was a no brainer. I left the other Time Capsule powered up. When I started the new Time Capsule, it asked if I wanted to copy the settings from the old Time Capsule. Click Yes. Done.

    It does its job beautifully. The backups - Time Machine - from the macs in the house has never failed. I've used it only half a dozen times over the years, but when you need it, you need it.

    It is a consumer grade product which means expect it to last about 5 years or so.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Lawton

    Pros - I am an Apple product lover, but was very sceptical about this Time capsule. The set up was very simple and easy. The range was superior to any other wifi I had prior. The speed as well was super fast with all 8 of my Apple products in my house. I would recommend this to anyone.

    Cons - I thought the Time capsule would be able to be used to backup ALL apple products, iPhones included. I was wrong. Only for Mac computers. I recommend in the future that iPhones can be backed up on here(but then why would we have to pay for the cloud). Lastly I just couldn't get the time capsule to work with my current router as a range extender.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Had to take it back - useless

    • Written by from alameda

    So I had the last version, but I don't think these problems have been fixed.
    It backs up every hour - you cannot tell it to just back up at night. Every hour, it slows your internet to a crawl for every internet machine in the house. Horrifying. And you cannot tell it to just back up once a day or once a week. I went to the genius bar in person to check on this. Horrible. So your internet keeps going slow every hour. It cannot back up without slowing the connection. It is a useless machine. I returned it - got an Airport Extreme (good) and got a backup hard drive elsewhere.

    Do not buy this!

    26 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing! All wifi gripes eliminated immediately!

    • Written by from New Haven

    This little guy was an absolutely wonderful investment. All of my gripes and complaints about my wifi network (slow speed, poor range, cutting out) are gone. I can't recommend this machine enough. Plug and play- in just a few simple steps, my brand new network was ready to go, as was my Time Machine backup. A must-have for tech enthusiasts, pros, and beginners alike.

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Love Apple / Even though I lost my memories PUN INTENDED! Returning Mañana

    • Written by from Stamford

    I purchased this AirPort Time Capsule as an emergency where I had to send iMac to apple so I needed to back up my files,... I got this out of box with the easy to set up feature but!!!!!!!!!! Later was warned that this device is not meant to be used as an external drive. AND,... it is a stand a lone router meaning you can't plug this device in thinking it will generate an ip address and just work. no no no honey,... I love apple till death but rocking to the beat of your own drum all the time is getting annoying. I was warned DON NOT save files to this unit like and external,... it is only meant for backing up 1 - 10 computers via time capsule AND through the use of the Wifi ofr internet. THAT is it. so after I was warned,.... now that my photos and music from since my third Mac days 2001,... and now memories and all gone. The folders are grey but damaged. Please please stop advertising this as a WiFi Router and external drive in one. it is a Wifi TimeMachine back up unit. Where is Steve when I need him

    21 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router and backup drive!

    • Written by from SAN FRANCISCO

    I got this after numerous configurations of Airport Extremes and Airport Expresses, and just as it says, it set up almost instantly and seamlessly. Faster speeds, quick wireless backuos, instant recognition of my printers and Air Play devices without a concern. Well worth the price and the minimal effort!

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous router

    • Written by from Okotoks

    Easy to setup, great signal strength, 802.11ac is a huge improvement and the time capsule is soooo easy to work with and fast.
    I stored 300GB in a few hours. Setup took less than 15 minutes, plug and play. This is the only way to go for a home network and fast wireless.

    6 of 10 people found this useful