• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ready to give up on time capsule!

    • Written by from Dallas

    I am not really enjoying my time capsule! The 1st one that I purchased the Wi-Fi was faster than the cable modem that came with my service but as soon as I tried to back up one of my Mac it stop at 15% and said hard disk is damage and needs repair. I took that one back the next day to my local Apple store where they swapped it out when I told the associate what had happen she stated to back up my Mac’s for the first time via Ethernet. Once I set up the new time capsule it had a hard time staying connected with my internet and I got the say error again (hard disk needs repair) even with me trying the Ethernet back up.
    So back to the Apple store I go!!!!

    20 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It keeps shutting off

    • Written by from Santa Ana

    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.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible, I don't get the bad reviews at all!

    • Written by from Troy

    I was surprised to see so many people writing bad reviews about things as silly as not liking the packaging! I bought one anyway trusting apple like I have been for the last 10 years, and I have not been let down! My previous router was putting out 35-40mbs when I was supposed to be getting 100. After only 5 minutes of setting up (literally) I was running at 115 mbs right away. Other people have complained that it took hours for their backup...The setup manual specifically states that due to the very large amount of data being backed up during the first initial backup you should connect via ethernet. I was going to sleep anyways so I didn't bother, but for those of you who don't want to wait 6-8 hours for your first backup (mine was 1/2 a terabit) then you should plug it in. All backups since have only taken a few minutes and I don't even notice they are happening.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Support for setup issues is outstanding

    • Written by from Coto de Caza

    I bought the 2TB Time Capsule to replace an original Time Capsule that was maxed out. Plugged everything in and could not get the internet to come back up. I called our ISP (Cox Cable) and they were able to get my internet back up going directly from the cable modem to my iMac. But that bypassed the Time Capsule and therefore no WIFI. When I then routed the cable modem back to the Time Capsule, again no internet. I messed around with it a while and finally asked for support from Apple on the web site. Got a call back from them in half a minute, and within 5 minutes they walked me through the DHCP settings on the Time Machine to get it right. It's been great since then. Kudos to Apple for outstanding customer support and a great product!

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router I've ever owned!

    • Written by from Edwardsburg

    After owning several Linksys routers over the last 15 years and seeing the reliability get worse, I decided to change directions and purchased the AirPort Time Capsule 2TB. Not only was I surprised to experience completely smooth Time Machine backups, but the strength of the the Wi-Fi signal was absolutely amazing! I couldn't recommend this product more highly.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by from Kansas City

    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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Connects to all my Apple products and has NAS capability

    • Written by from SAN JOSE

    The Time Capsule connects to all of my Apple products including a MacBook Air (mid 2013), MacBook Pro (late 2011), iPhone5,iPod, iPad, and Apple TV without any problems.

    The setup was relatively easy with the current Airport Utility in the Finder->Utilties Folder. You only have to enter the Time Capsule name and the WIFI network a name and password. It didn't seem to work at first but when I powered down both my cable modem and Time Capsule they both came up without any problem and I could join my network. The 2.4 and 5.0 Ghz channels are chosen automatically or you can choose them yourself. (A useful tool is WiFi Explorer from the App Store which shows all the nearby network and how you compare to them).

    I'm using the Time Capsule for Time Machine backups on both my MacBook Air and Pro. Expect the initial backup to take an hour or more depending on the amount of data on your internal drive.

    Setting up an external USB drive as NAS worked. 1) format the USB drive, 2) connect it to the Time Capsule was easy. Finding the USB drive was a bit obscure:
    1 - Finder->Network
    2 - Click on the Time Capsule
    3 - Click on the USB name
    4 - the USB NAS appears on the desktop and you can drag and drop to the NAS. I find it a bit more convenient than Air Drop. Caution: do not eject NAS or Time Capsule using Disk Utility. You might have to reboot to get the drive back. Use the Finder->Eject or Applescript->Eject.

    I have read some criticism that the Time Capsule only has a USB 2.0 port but I suspect that the speed is limited by the Network speed not the drive. Also an internal drive instead of an SSD drive adds to the delay. Why waste a USB 3.0 drive when the WIFI speed is so much slower?

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This is the one to get.

    • Written by from Green Valley

    Replaced previous (too small) external hard drive and Airport Extreme with this unit.

    Airport (WiFi) function superior to previous Airport Extreme...which is saying a lot because the Airport Extreme is a REALLY good router. Had to mess a bit with Airport Express device used for network extender but actually easy once I resolved my ignorance via Apple phone support...took minutes.

    Hard drives in the Time Capsule are neither fast nor slow...about average. However, the actual function is totally smooth, noiseless, brainless, and automatic. Thing just sits there and works. Excellent product. Would have given five stars if faster drives....small deal given the intended function.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing difference with Apple Engineering

    • Written by from East Leroy

    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!!!

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    very disappointed

    • Written by from dvdv

    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

    44 of 76 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not offer advanced settings such as SNMP Config...

    • Written by from LISMORE

    Product works well enough, but does not provide advance settings which is a problem if you want to use a tool like NetUse to monitor your routers internet traffic. I know that I can revert back to using Airport Utility 5.6 to be able to config SNMP but shouldn't have to. Re-introduce advanced configuration settings to this product and I will happily give it 5 stars.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost, but not quite.

    • Written by from London

    Don't get me wrong this is a great Time Capsule, however I think Apple has let us down. Wireless is great for day to day backing up, though initial backups and full restores tend to be so much quicker using a cable. Sometimes we just don't have hours to leave a MacBook at home doing a full restore or back up using wireless. Every new Mac comes with Apple's own Thunderbolt drive; infact there is now Thunderbolt 2. So why would they not include it in their new Time Capsule for those occasions when we want to do it a little faster?
    What a let down that there is no Thunder Bold.

    36 of 60 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Time Capsule (replaced 3 times)

    • Written by from Lorraine

    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!

    17 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Ease of set up

    • Written by from NEVADA CITY

    After plugging in the cables the Amber light flashed and the book instruction said go to page 18. I followed the instruction and in a minute it was working. Then the utility lead me through setting a password and I was done except for installing the password in my iphone and iPad. I had envisioned an afternoon of frustration. Even Time Machine started working after I designated Time Capsule as the disk to use. It hadn't worked for three weeks.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Top of the line!

    • Written by from Bridgeview

    Went into my local electronics store looking for a new router. I went over to the shelf and picked up a high-end wireless router ($300) Walked over to look at the apple stuff. Started talking to the Apple attended on staff at the store. He informed me that Apple also has a wireless router that is easier to set up And very user-friendly with AC technology ( The latest Wireless Technology) . I certainly did not know this! ( Apple needs to advertise this more) I also was informed for the same manufacturers price of other high-end wireless router! Apple offers a high-end wireless router with a 2 TB hard drive for back ups. I was very interested in this because we own two MacBook Pros with retina display. I purchased the Apple airport time capsule took it home to set it up. The set up was so very easy! From unboxing the airport Time capsule to completion was only 7 minutes! I was totally blown away with the AC Wi-Fi range! I'm getting double the wi-Fi distance that I was used to!! Thank You Apple for simplifying our lives! Keep up the great work!!

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple removed SNMP

    • Written by from San Jose

    I recently purchased one of these to replace my Airport Extreme that finally died. I was in a rush, going on out of town the next day for two weeks, so I didn't enough time to research it. For some reason Apple chose to remove SNMP which means I can no long monitor the device. Had I known this I would have purchased something else. Everything works fine so no complaint other then I am unable to monitor the device.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited feature set for router

    • Written by from Durham

    I have owned the time capsule for at least a couple months now. The range and signal are fantastic all over the house and out in the yard. I have one PC and one Mac backing up to it, including the use of an external USB HDD.

    The negatives are around the lack of domain and port filtering. Every router I've had previously has had some capability to white- or black-list domains or block specific ports (e.g. XBox). I've partially solved that problem with OpenDNS.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great until it died 4 months later

    • Written by from MOSS BEACH

    Best router and backup - couldn't have been happier! Then, it died in just 4 months. Power light went out and that was it... Not sure what is going on with apple quality, but I also bought a mac book pro that had to be returned due to a known video card issue... :(
    I'll get another most likely, but not counting on this for my only backup!

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I should have known better

    • Written by from Youngsville

    After trying to purchase a couple of lowered priced devices (router and extender), I decided that I would buy a time capsule and give it a shot after reading a lot of positive reviews. Let's just say that not only I am happy but my daughters are happy too. We have great coverage and speed throughout the house. Devices include iMac, Macbook, two iPod touches, three iPads and two Apple TV's. Great product and I highly recommend, next step is set up time machine,

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router

    • Written by from Reynoldsville

    This is a wonderful product. It delvers incredibly fast wireless to the 15+ devices that are constantly connected to my network. I have had absolutely no connection or other issues. Well worth the cost.

    9 of 9 people found this useful