• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic

    This thing is brilliant. I have a Sky Hub which I thought was doing well until i met this baby. We live in an Apple household, 2 iPads, 3 iPhone, a Mac and an Apple TV3 and 4 so I thought it made sense to have an Apple Network to use them with. Also given the fact that we have 3.80 download speed on rural boardband anything is worth a try. So plugged into the Sky Hub, popped up Airport Utility on the Mac and within minutes it had run the set up itself and bang it was done. The longest part of the whole process was reseting the Belkin Extenders I have but that was not its fault. So does it make a difference to my board band speeds, well yes and no and here's where the magic is. I still get 3.80 download speed but before say when I was downloading a large file, my wife was streaming on her iPad and the kids where watching Netflix on the Apple Tv, something had to give - usually me. It just couldn't cope. However with this one week later we can pretty much do all our own thing at the same time without noticing any slow down - amazing. The download is still 3.80. In terms of Back-Up = be warned the first one takes forever and was the only time the Network slowed down, the first night therefore can be a bit depressing but hold your guns, after that you'll start to notice the difference. Further back-up's have been small and quick and not even noticed. So given all that I have began to replace the Belkin Extenders with the Airport Express - first one set up today and making the whole thing run even better! It is in the office with my Mac and boy do they love with other. Last word - worth every penny, no more Dad running around turning of devices to cope with bad boardband - fiddling with Sky Hub settings to change channels etc etc etc. Goodbye to all that!

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rubbish!!

    Having read the reviews i was encouraged by the ease of the setup and usability. Little did I know that it would take 5 days and a long phone call with apple support to set it up! (The apple support guy was very good in the end, hence the 1 star!!). Finally it was working along side my bt router and not instead of the bt router, but i have persevered. Since then it has taken 11 hours to back up 4GB of data!! As I have 1 TB of data to back up,myself and the equipment will very old by the time it is complete. I expected much more from an Apple product and I'm very disappointed with it. Do NOT waste £249!!!!

    1 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid wifi and reliable backups. I love it!

    Another beautifully designed Apple product, that works.
    I recently bought a wireless and cloud external drive, thinking it was exactly what I needed. On paper, sure. In real life, it was a pain from the start. After a couple of weeks of hassle, I returned it, and caved in - paid the extra and bought the Time Capsule. I decided I wanted it to handle all the wireless in my house - because it could, and because I'd experienced channel congestion and occasional flaky connections with my old router - so I switched my Virgin Media Superb 2 over to Modem Only mode. The Time Capsule connected straight away, my ethernet connected devices connected to it and my wireless devices didn't bat an eyelid. My Mac found the disk straight away for the Time Machine backup first time too. Brilliant. I also created a guest network for visitors.
    I did a speed test about 15 minutes after I'd connected, and found the wifi speeds were well short of what they should be. I did the test on a Mac Air, iPad and iPhone and got the same poor results. Gutted. I ran out of time to try and find out what the problem was and went to bed, very disappointed. I tried another speed test in the morning, and got 6 mbps OVER my 150 mbps allocation. Woo hoo! I tested the other devices, and all were running at full download speed too, and have done ever since. So, my message to you all is, don't do your speed checks when a Time Machine backup is in progress! Especially the first one (which does take hours - leave it to do overnight) because you'll think there's something wrong when there isn't.
    The wifi from the TC is solid, it hasn't dropped out once so I trust it to just be left to do its thing now. The setup was a doddle, just make sure your ethernet cable connected to your modem is in the very bottom slot when you start it up. Also, make sure you know how to log into your modem to change any settings you might need to (such as switching to Modem Mode). And read the setup instructions - they are downloadable from the Apple Support site - plus there's the leaflet that comes in the box.
    All in all, I'm really glad that I got the Time Capsule and I like that I now have a more secure, reliable and fast wifi network in my house. Oh, and I love that my Mac is always backed up without me even noticing it's happening (unless I'm doing a speed test, obvs!) as well. Buy it. Honestly, I know it's way expensive, but it really does just work. Life's too short to spend fixing wifi issues. Yeah and it looks cool too.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Saved my bacon a number of times

    This would be a 5* review except I couldn't get it to join my network fully wirelessly. I wanted to site it hidden, out of the way somewhere, and join the network wirelessly but after extensive research, it appears it can't do this so I have it ethernet wired into my router. Aside from that issue, it works a treat. My MacBook Pro backs up to it each hour, and I've done a number of full restores with it (once to a new SSD drive which saved me having to buy cloning software and once to a replacement SSD) and the odd single file restore. Not the quickest thing over wifi but in my case a full restore was 500GB so understandable.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfection

    Unlike some reviewers, I found the box straightforward enough to open, and the kit inside did what I expected, flawlessly, rapidly, even guiding me through replacing an existing TC. Great wireless range and strength. Very impressive piece of kit.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    If you want a Time Machine this isn't for you

    If you want a Time Machine wireless back up product this isn't for you. I bought this product for the sole purpose as a Time Machine. It doesn't do this. I already have a perfectly good internet network and therefore don't need it for this or as a booster.
    I wanted to use mine to sit on a shelf for my Mac/iPhone to back up to. I wanted it out of the way and not near my router and hidden away in case I was burgled.
    What I was not told when I bought it or on the hour phone call to Apple that you need an Ethernet cable for at least the setup process. This also was not made clear when purchasing the product, during the setup process or in the "you will need" setup list.
    Considering the purpose for which I required it I do not feel that £249 is a bargain. It will be returned to store tomorrow.
    Apple please develop a product for wireless Time Machine backup.

    11 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!

    I'm not really one for writing reviews, but I felt like I had to, having read all of the negative reviews below (they nearly put me off buying it).

    This bit of kit literally set itself up, one draw back was that I had to take it out of the box and plug it in all by myself (come on apple, surely there's an app for that?). It has made a complete mockery of my old super hub. I get wifi over my entire house now and I actually get 100 mbps over wireless. My super hub barely gave me 60 mbps and the kitchen and bathroom were dead zones. It's worth mentioning that all of my internal walls are brick, no stud walls, which is why my super hub used to struggle. This doesn't bat an eyelid.

    My airplay speaker system now works flawlessly, no annoying pauses like before.

    The hard drive is a little slow at writing large files (like your first backup) but this is easily remedied by deselecting the larger files that do not really need backing up, such as movies and TV shows.

    I've only had it just over a week, so can not comment on the life expectancy, but I can't see there being a problem (based on how it has worked so far).

    So far, thoroughly impressed!

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Time Machine

    My Time Capsule, the second one, has died. It was unreliable at best, now it is dead. Looking online, Time Capsules are not reliable.

    10 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Time Capsule as back up only

    I wish to use my new Time Capsule as a wireless back up device only. Very disappointed in the lack of instructions on how to disable all of the "new wireless network creation" features.

    19 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disapointed

    Bought the new time capsule when I up graded desk top and lap top. Unit is very disapointing. My mobile devices constantly fall off the wifi and I must re boot to frequently to re establish connectivity. Using the time capsule, the unit also looses the ip of the desk top (hard wired to it) and the lap top pro. You get one back up and then you must reboot the device and modem. Hate it, have re connected my old airport (works like a charm) and will be throwing this time capsule in the bin,

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not so great as a wireless router!

    I have bought the AirPort Time Capsule 6 months ago and don't get me wrong it's a great solution to back up your mac but it has really weak wifi network. I have tried so many things (changing channels, moving it to another location) but it constantly fails to deliver. It doesn't really matter if it works on 2.4Ghz or 5GHz. Before I was using Sky Router and Talktalk Router and both of them was much more powerful in delivering wireless internet. Sometimes I can't get a wifi while in another room or bedroom. Standing outside just by my lounge windows where AirPort Time Capsule is located and neither iPhone or iPad can't find the wifi. Big fail for Apple.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    This packaging is an embarassment

    Isn't apple a company that prides itself on the presentation of a product? There is way too long of a track record reporting issues with the packaging. Unfortunately I didn't see them before I opened mine. I've converted basically 100% to apple products in the last 2 years and have been generally happy with quality.

    This story sounds like a joke but I promise it's not.

    I, like the hoards of others, opened the product 'wrong'. Due to the resistance created by designing the base of the package and the cover in such a way that little to no air can escape as the two pieces are being separated, it takes an extra bit of force remove the cover. Certainly not a lot but enough that I realized (after the fact) that I had put in a little more effort than I would have otherwise had to.

    Combine that with the fact that the recess at the base of the packaging is WAY too shallow. I measured it as an inch. The thing is holding a $300 brick with a hard drive and sharper edges. What moron thought it was a good idea to design the packaging for that piece of equipment like that? Please for the love of all that is holy make sure that guy does not ever get a chance to design a bridge. "Yeah that holes plenty deep enough, just throw the beam in. Foundations? Who needs em!"

    Anyways I opened the package and needless to say the thing tipped right off the base. My unfortunate split second reaction to seeing my brand new $300 toy brick plummeting towards a tile floor was to stick my foot out. In a 'kicking' motion if you will. Like when one is juggling a soccer ball and it takes a bad bounce. You know it's going to the ground but you make a flailing effort to revive it anyways. Maybe 1 in 5 times you make sufficient contact and the ball pops back up. I made sufficient contact alright, but my iBrick did not pop back up. I struck it flush with my bare foot, shin. It was honestly the most painful experience I've had in the last several years. It is a distinct possibility I have multiple broken bones.

    Other than that, I'm loving my time capsule so far!

    9 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect backup system

    My wireless network is 3-4 times faster and extremely easy to configure and upgrade

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rubbish

    Does not do what it is supposed to. If you want to enter a world of slow back ups and be unable to access the data you have saved on the time capsule then go ahead and waste £249. It is so slow you cannot access anything on it. Enable as router - not possible unless you are a trained Internet programmer and understand double nat and dhcp. Don't waste your money...

    17 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    Have to say that I'm more than a little disappointed with Apple. The expected "plug it in and it just works" was just as expected . . . at first.

    My first Time Capsule was plagued with errors and I kept having trouble connecting to the drive until, after a few months, it just died.

    I'll not go into the annoyance I had trying to get someone at the Apple Store to just replace the darn thing, or at least send it off for repair - Apple's insistence in booking an appointment (next week) with someone at at the Genius Bar was just going to be a waste of my time. I had to insist on seeing the manager to just get a retail replacement i.e. my consumer rights regarding faulty products. (they wouldn't send it for repair).

    So, had the new one for a few months and, whilst time machine does indeed seem to be backing up both of our laptops, I still have great trouble being able to connect to the drive through Finder. Surely this should "just work" like most other Apple product, but it doesn't. I've tried all of the FAQs and Forums without results - therefore I remain disappointed.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB Fantastic!

    Living in a new build three floored house it was hit and miss at times when i would have a wifi signal on the top floor of my house, having tried all sorts of bits and bobs to improve the signal i finally dig deep and got one of these. The setup was super quick but had to work out how to turn off the wifi signal from my sky hub took a bit of time.
    I decided to try a Airport Extreme to boost it even better and i can now say there is fantastic wifi all over the house.
    My biggest criticism would be the price and the 6 hours it took to do a back up but apart from that its all good.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keeps needing a restart

    Macbook Pro, iPad and iPhone 6 are all fine on the network as they use the 5Ghz version.... iPhone 4s keeps losing network all the time at the 2.4Ghz keeps needing a restart. Turn off and back on again and it works again. Never had this problem once when using the BT home hub. Glad that the Macbook has got a wireless backup drive but disappointed in the amount of times I need to restart it.

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product oozes quality, well packed and oh so simple to set up and run

    My original ATC was full. I decided to invest and purchased through the store. Delivery took 2 days which was very good. Well presented looks the parts and took 5 mins to set up. First new back up took 4 hours by cable now its running wireless with my Mac and Mac Book Pro. Would recommend this product.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    worst apple product

    ....two hours of trying and the airport time capsule I bought just won't connect, sadly the instructions that where supplied where just so vague it was laughable, while I like apple products, this has to be the worst experience I have had with an apple product, sadly its going back to the shop

    15 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Time Capsule is brilliant

    Bought a 2TB capsule to fulfill 2 objectives:- as a router to replace my BT Home Hub and to act as an external hard drive for backing up. Fully meets the objectives and whilst you could say it should do at the price, the set up was easy and speed / performance is brilliant. Well done Apple - another brilliant product that exactly meets my needs.

    19 of 20 people found this useful