• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best router I've used

    I went through my fair share of WiFi routers. All of them that I've used, from Belkin, Linksys, D-link, etc were all painful to setup and had options I'm sure their makers don't even understand. They also got super slow as time went on, need to be restarted every now and again to keep things running optimally. Yes, they were cheap, probably the only good thing about them.

    Enter Time Capsule. I bought this along with my Retina Macbook Pro two years ago now in 2013. It's 2015 and is been well over 2 years, I I thought I would at least share my experience. First, it's so simple to use! The setup was painless, just open Airport Utility on Mac or iPhone and enter the network name and pretty much done! Airport Utility is one simple app as well. Not a lot of options but that's a good thing for me (not that I'm not technologically savvy -- heck I'm a software developer, but I have no patience with hard to use hardware/software).

    I also use Time Machine to back it up and encrypt my backup. Two other people in my house also back up to the same time capsule. 2TB is plenty for us. The Time Capsule automatically cleans up older backups and pretty much takes care of everything.

    After setup, there is 0 maintenance that I've had to do on it, aside from the fact that there were 1-2 software updates, which again, was painless. I don't even remember ever restarting the Time Capsule outside of power outages. Folks, this is one product that I don't mind saying, It just works ™.

    Sure it's about $100-$200 more expensive than the rest of the guys, but you know what? It's worth it, just for the experience alone. You can get a decent AC wifi router for $100 less than this. But they would be more painful to use, harder to maintain, have way lower quality of customer support, and they would need replacing after 1-2 years because somehow they manage to slow down as time goes on.

    This is hands down a 5/5 product for me. Couldn't be happier.

    30 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Time Capsule disappointing

    I purchased a new Airport Time Capsule, and it was relatively easy to set up. It completed a first backup on one computer. So far so good. The next day, I tried to set up a second computer for backup, but the backup disk could not be accessed. Got the message "internal drive needs repair". Having the backup disk crash after just one day of use is unsettling. I now have very little faith in this product as a backup option.

    36 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    USELESS DO NOT BUY

    2nd capsule and same intermittent problem powering down no back up no internet.

    31 of 40 people found this useful

  • 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 repair for this device. Best you can - 15% discount for new one. No another complains.

    26 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Super Fast! Awesome

    This worked perfect on my iMac that isn't the new Mac Book Air like some people have been commenting on in the Questions & Answers area for this product. It is super fast, sleek and the smaller foot print is nice to boot. Backs up faster too.

    24 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wouldn't recommend

    Love Apple, love Apple products. I've been using them professionally and personally pretty much my whole life. I believe that I haven't felt the level of frustration and disappointment with another single product, not only with Apple, but with much of the technology I use. The AirPort Time Capsule has failed on many different levels and now the hard drive has died. The throughput on it has pretty much killed my fast Internet connection. Now, I've wasted many hours troubleshooting a failed hard drive . . . hard drives fail . . . it happens. But, it seems to have happened to so many people, I have to question Apple's choice of hardware they put inside it. We pay a premium to buy Apple product, we expect more. Not only has it failed, it's virtually impossible to get to the drive to replace it. It's slowly becoming a $300 paperweight . . . steer clear of this one. Apple, shame on you!

    27 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Replaces 1TB TC.

    Connect, plug it in and it just works. I have 4 AP expresses on my network for music and 3 of 4 were recognized right away. Fourth I unplugged and plugged back and it showed up in AP Utilty.

    Although not faster because I don't have wifi AC equipped devices, the connection was much better.
    Time Machine BU of my iMac took only 2+20. The old TC took over nite.

    Backing up MBAir now... Looks fast also.

    Here's hoping that the new iPads, iPhones will have this faster wifi standard

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good but a bit unattractive

    For functionality and utility I have given this five stars. it is really easy to set up and get working, and the backup works incredibly fast in my view. Please note though, that it is a router and so you still need an ADSL modem (or whichever you use for your broadband) to plug the Airport into. For some ISPs they will lock their modem down so you can not use it in bridge mode, which restricts some of the functionality of the Airport router. However, the Airport is strong and fast and I am really happy with it.

    With regards to the looks, this is bigger than I thought it would be. The footprint is quite small but this is a lot taller than I had imagined and as such it does look rather odd, so be aware of that if it is important to you. Also note that for UK prices this is very expensive indeed.

    For functionality and utility, this is fantastic and for me I am very happy with my purchase.

    29 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    my 2008 model saved my bacon

    When my older iMac died an inglorious death, this little older Time Capsule saved my life, so to speak. When the new one arrived, the time Capsule proceeded to go to work and restore every single thing just as it was, so that using the new iMac was no different than using the prior one. It put every siingle item back where it had been and it was just like having my old computer...except in a sleek new package. I will not ever be without one of these. That one crash was enough to make me a fan for life.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy, Quick

    Have been using for about two months with no issues.

    Very easy to set up. AC speeds are very good. Backup works seamlessly and easily. It just works.

    The range is not quite as good as some new routers, but it is a solid combination of features and is much easier to set up than the other routers. Using in a 3500 square foot house with good coverage.

    The only reason I rated four stars instead of five is because I think we ought to be able to set aside some of the drive space for our own use as a home server so that we do not have to rely on cloud services.

    Despite that, I would definitely buy this again.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 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 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!

    21 of 25 people found this useful

  • 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 frustrating device, stay away.

    22 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Upgrade!

    Originally I had the older model of time capsule. This upgrade was certainly satisfying! Set-up is easy, automatically backs up my computer and the internet is much faster!

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best wireless router/storage device I've used to date, highly recommend!

    I have been through quite a bit of wireless routers over the years from D-Link, Netgear, Linksys, Cisco. These routers would work for some time but then would eventually start failing and required reboots fairly often. I moved from a two story home to a three story home and wanted adequate wireless coverage. Immediately after moving to my new home, the wireless issues started. After quite a bit of frustration, I decided to try the Time Capsule since I use quite a bit of Apple devices. I set this unit up over a year ago and have not had to do much with it since. I have rebooted it only recently for a firmware update. This unit is a work horse and maintains wireless coverage and connectivity throughout my home without issue. Having the ability to manage the Time Capsule from my iPhone, iPad and other Apple devices is a very nice feature. The Time Machine backup feature has been used on many occasions to restore an entire system back to a new Mac device. Having peace of mind knowing that your systems are always backed up and can be restored with a click of a button is just priceless. It is basically a set it and forget it type of system. You set up your wireless network, set the Time Machine options on your Mac devices and you're done. My only regret is not having this unit sooner. Frustration and hassle could have been averted many years prior.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    very disappointed

    i have bought the air port time capsule to replace seagate media center.
    the seagate was a loot better.
    i was able to access it from tv without computer and able to do east tm backup.

    really bad that its not accessible from tv-dlna or iPhone app.
    cant access to my go pro video easily like the seagate.

    apple should add dlna support and iOS app to make this killer

    49 of 82 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst external disk I ever had

    I DO NOT RECOMMEND
    Constant connection problems with my Macbook air in any kind of OS for several months, no solution. Go buy something else, doesn't worth it.

    27 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful

    This is the first apple product I have ever bought that doesn't cooperate with all of my other apple products. If iPhone and iPad backup can be made on iCloud, how come it is unavailable on Time Capsule?!?! Why can I not save my most important data like documents, photos, movies on time capsule HDD and share them with my other devices? Why there are so many limited options for this product?

    To sum up: high price for a pretty product with poor and limited possibilities. I cannot understand why they don't implement simple software to their own products.

    Apple please make apple great again and start doing software right.

    27 of 40 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Eh?

    I have mixed emotions about this. It does my backups just fine but as a WiFi router my old sysco router runs circles around this. Since I've hooked this up streaming movies on my TV from other apps it won't show them in HD due to bandwidth. Either that or it just buffers constantly. I never had these issues with my old router. I guess if it isn't broke. Don't try and fix it. I wanted to love this but it frustrates me in times where I really want it to work.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor performance

    Wifi signal is horrible, I have 2 of them to have signal in my home.
    Performance is horrible, I tried to use it for iTunes, but due to performance issues iTunes will not download to that location.
    Backup doesn't work on the Timecapsule due to performance issues.
    I used the time capsule as router.... Well it brings back old times, just like a dial up connection..
    Apple TV streaming.... nah, forget it.
    Apple support??? HA, I would be better of asking my wife.

    This all on a stable internet connection of 200Mbits. Got my old router back and my old NAS, all problems are over.

    33 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional performance, easy setup, WiFi never blazed like this before.

    Always had luck with the Airport Extreme base station and wanted to get 802.11ac performance with Google Fiber and a new iMac. Once everything was in place, there is a wow factor with the numbers. Downloaded an 11.7 Gb file in 7 minutes. Sustained 680 Mbps speed on an internet speed test site with a similar upload speed. That's through a WiFi. There may be other routers out there but I'm kind of astounded at the leap forward with this particular offering over the last one. Ease of use, agree with others. After I set it up, it was like, "That's it? It's working?" I extended the network with the AirPort Extreme, again very easily.

    I'm happy with the time it took to backup 70 Gb of data as well, about 45 minutes. Pretty solid performance. The previous setup would take 20 hours to perform the same task.

    If there are any downsides I just don't see them. This one performs exactly as promised.

    13 of 13 people found this useful