• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing difference with Apple Engineering

    I just recently purchased a Western Digital "My Cloud" to use with the family of Macintosh products that I have at my house. I was intrigued by it's low price point, Macintosh compatibility, and variety of access features that it advertised. It did not take long to see, and I'm technologically proficient, how terrible not only the setup was, but also it's performance. It was slow, multiplied by a labyrinth of different setup procedures that left you guessing if you were taking full advantage of it's functionality or not. Needless to say I took the Western Digital back to the store.

    I then purchased this Airport Extreme with 2TB time capsule and took it home with me. Within 10-15 minutes, I had disabled my current wireless gateway, configured the airport, and it was immediately backing up all of my devices. Incredible! I love the simplicity that comes with well engineered Apple products. Also, even though I didn't need a new wireless router, I am appreciating the AC technology as it backs up incredibly fast!!!!

    Nice job Apple!!!

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router, huge update.

    It works very well, and with the new taller design and ability to send extra "waves" to where your device is, it's great. Also, if you have an older one and are upgrading, I suggest using your old one to extend the network.

    27 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked as expected

    Worked just as expected. Set up was easy and I was surprised about the range of the wireless. A bit confused about Time Capsule but that is user related :) Since there are only three LAN connections I opted to use a switch instead since I prefer to hardwire. Worked with no problems. Overall I am happy with the purchase and I would recommend to everybody else who is looking for a easy to use system that allows access to the internet and a complete back-up solution.

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

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

    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.

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Connectivity issues.

    After 5 years it was time to upgrade the old Time Machine. The speed on the 11ac version is great. But it is constantly losing connection. I bought one TC, and it was dropping connection with my iphone or ipad all the time. I had to powerdown and power back up (or toggle airplane more) almost constantly. Then, when my macbook tried to run a time machine backup, it gets interrupted every time since it can't hold the signal.

    I returned the initial unit (past the 14 days, but I think the store told employees to take them). I really like the idea of the new TC so I just got a new one on the spot. Its having the same issues. Very frustrating. I'm not giving up, and I'm hopeful that its just a software issue. But I really wish apple would hurry up and come up with a remedy.

    21 of 22 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

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless

    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.

    28 of 38 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.

    28 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't even get it to work

    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.

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It keeps shutting off

    It was very easy to set up and connect with the cable modem. I love how quiet it is, and of course the fact that I can back up wirelessly. However, I've had it for about a week and it has shut itself off about seven different times on different days, leaving the internet out for the entire house. I have to unplug it each time and power it up again. It's sitting on clean ceramic tile floor next to a table so I doubt it's overheating. I'm going to take it back tomorrow. Big waste of time since I backed up my 2TB iMac with Time Machine. and I will now have to set up the old router and re-pair my family's 30 or so devices to the network and extenders, etc.

    20 of 23 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    USELESS DO NOT BUY

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

    25 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I bought this thinking it was a 2TB wireless hard drive

    Went in to the Apple Store and bought it.
    I figured out how to load files directly.
    I love how it backs up everything.
    What I don't like is how many times it freezes when going into Time machine and having to reboot MBA.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Useful as a wireless router.

    The 5GHz wireless performance of this model is considerably improved over prior models. A minor complaint is that the orientation of the ethernet sockets should have been rotated by 90 degrees. It is rather difficult to disengage the clip that locks the ethernet plugs in place. Access to the internal disk drive is very slow and its usefulness as network attached storage is limited. It took about a minute to transfer 1GB to the time capsule using a wired connection. This is a rate of about 16MB/second.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Time Capsule (replaced 3 times)

    The Time Capsule (2T) has been nothing but a nightmare. You just need to negative reviews to understand why I am rating it as a lemon (disconnecting, slow to backup, unreliable, unaccessible etc.) As for the people that are finding it a true miracle, it would be interesting to know how long these people have had their unit and to which product they are comparing it to. I have two other different hard disks and they work much better than this! I should have known better that to buy something that does wi-fi and backup. I am finding that it just doesn't work!

    22 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Compatibility problems with Comcast modem

    I have all Apple equipment including a new iMac. It was very difficult to get this to work with my internet modem. I spent hours on the phone with people from my internet provider and Best Buy where I bought the product. I worked with two different people at Apple support trying to fix the problem. After almost 3 hours we finally got it to function.

    Lesson Learned: There was a compatibility issue related to our Internet provider Comcast.

    Recommendation: If possible, try to do your homework before you buy to see if there are any known issues between your provider/modem and the Apple Time Capsule. If you discover that there have been compatibility problems then plan on working with Apple to get the router to work properly.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs Much Improvement

    I Love All of my Apple products, and figured this would be a great tech piece to compliment the efficiency of all my devices. I was wrong, and returned this product within a week. It's not as user friendly as advertised, and the time capsule feature was difficult to access, while the information that was backed up was also only accessible via my MacPro and not my iPad or iPhone. There are better combinations of products to get from Apple meanwhile. The Airport Extreme shall suffice just fine for any WiFi speedster, since the wireless signal is strong and fairly fast, but I'd wait until the next release of this product since there will most likely be big software and other UI improvements.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow copies

    Time capsule might sound awesome, but let me tell you: it is not fast copying to it. At all. Copying GBs of stuff to it or from it takes hours and hours. Brand new MacBook Air and time capsule and copying files to and from the capsule is the slowest thing I've ever seen. It's a lot like downloading a Cyndi Crawford picture in 1985 using a 300 baud modem.

    I love the router part, always have used airport base stations. This is my first try with a time capsule and it is ridiculous. Even the computer trying to time machine to it is insane. Maybe I've been spoiled with my Mac Pro time machining to an internal hard drive. I'll probably just continue using time machine with a USB hdd.

    17 of 19 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.

    14 of 14 people found this useful