• 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.

    34 of 44 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.

    26 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.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 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 DO NOT BUY

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

    27 of 36 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

  • 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

    Worst Apple product

    Definitely the worst Apple product I've ever owned. I only bought it for the wireless time machine backups. It worked fine for awhile. Forgot that it was on regular backups (which is the point!) and came back to check one day and it hadn't been backing up. Can't get it to backup wirelessly anymore. Forced to use it as a USB hard drive now. Bought it brand new less than a year ago.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works easily, reliably and fast

    Bought this a couple years ago and we have had no issues until today (more on that later). Easy set up. Easy back ups. Ease of mind since we have had other laptops hit the ground (two boys) with memory potentially lost with no back ups since we never get around to that. Now everything is regularly backed up and we hardly notice (a few minutes of slow work when this is happening).
    Brought home and up and running in minutes. First backups were done and took a while, but since then they go very quickly.
    Now regarding speed. I was curious to see why people were giving one star and noticed many referred to slower speeds. I don't get it. I did speed tests today to compare the Comcast wifi signal (under 20mbs up and download) to the AirPort speeds (125Mbs download and 20 upload). We have the Xfinity Blast service. Not sure why the wifi provided by Xfinity/Comcast is so slow, and glad we bought this one or would have no benefit from the Blast we are paying for.
    The only "problem" we've had was today when I tried to backup my laptop and it wasn't finding the backup disc. Went to apple website to trouble shoot and it said to ensure they were both on the same network. I went right by that recommendation thinking of course I was on the right network. But after futzing around for 30 mins with no success I checked and found my lap top for some reason was set to the unlocked comcast wireless network in our house meant for guests. Fixed that and easily backed up.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great as a Time Machine & Router but USB 2?

    I bought this in February of 2015 so roughly 6 months ago - it's still working great.

    Time Machine: three days after setting this up I accidentally wiped my hard drive (my own fault, messing around with the Root account) and was able to network book (over WiFi no less) to the TC and restore from a backup automatically made about 3 hours earlier. FANTASTIC!!!!

    WiFi: I routinely connect at 850+ Mbps which is great. Connection is reliable and covers my house (about 1,000 sq feet) and back yard. I scanned the airspace in my home and manually set the WiFi channels to avoid interference with neighbors. The auto channel selection sometimes picked overlapping frequencies...

    Internet Router: does the basics BUT if you're looking for advanced features like dynamic DNS look elsewhere. The TC follows the philosophy of "It just works" - yep it does, with simple features...

    Ethernet Switch: seems to work just fine. I have an AirPort Extreme in my basement for kids to connect to for LAN parties connected with a wire. Updating security settings on the TC automatically updates the Extreme - very nice feature

    USB 2: WTH?!?! Why not USB 3 ? Sure you can connect an external drive but it's SLOWWWWWWWW. This is the one thing that really disappointed me... the TC should not only have USB 3 but also Thunderbolt - Apple has it on ALL but one of it's computers - why not here?

    17 of 18 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!

    23 of 30 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This is the worst thing I've ever bought

    I wanted to invest in a decent set of Wifi kit for my new home, so I bought the 3TB airport time capsule and an airport express extender to satisfy all of my wifi needs.
    For the first month or so things seemed to be fine. Then my Time Machine backups could no longer find the 3TB drive - and when I tried to access it from my finder I found it was there, but really slow to access folder, and would often come back with errors saying the drive was no longer available.
    So I switched off time machine and just used it as a network extender (and bought a cheap - but very reliable external Disk Drive that I plug into my mac).
    That worked for a couple of months, then I and my family started getting intermittent connectivity issues with the wifi. Sometimes while I was at work the wifi would be inaccessible all day. I tried powering down the airport time capsule and voila! any device that was in range of the other airport express worked perfectly.
    This is a massive disappointment - considering how overpriced these items are.
    I think my desire to remain entirely in the Apple eco-system is on the wane. Im off to buy some better/cheaper networking kit, and Ive replaced my new IPhone 6 plus with a Nexus 6P

    Couldnt be happier

    17 of 19 people found this useful