• 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Bromley

    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!

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Time Machine

    • Written by from Southampton

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

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Time Capsule as back up only

    • Written by from High Wycombe

    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.

    10 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disapointed

    • Written by from Calla Vinyes

    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,

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not so great as a wireless router!

    • Written by from High Wycombe

    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.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    This packaging is an embarassment

    • Written by from Salem

    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!

    5 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect backup system

    • Written by from Dublin

    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


    • Written by from Norfolk

    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...

    11 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Trowbridge

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB Fantastic!

    • Written by from Faringdon

    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

    • Written by from Hove

    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.

    12 of 17 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

    • Written by from Biddulph

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    worst apple product

    • Written by from Chelmsford

    ....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

    9 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Time Capsule is brilliant

    • Written by from Macclesfield

    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.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    superb product

    • Written by from Harrogate

    I bought one of these about a month ago on powering it up it downloaded the latest firmware, I tailored it to replace my ISP router's wifi as it is useless. At first it did not give a great coverage, until `i turned off the wifi on the ISP's router which then the wifi service improved 100%. I also made the wifi SSID very simple with a more powerful password since then the WIFI and TC has been powered up all the time with backups from both my macs to it no problem. `i have since removed the back up of my desktop to a separate USB connected hard drive, because for a desktop this is a better option. A second hard drive is used to keep all my movies as a hard drive, I am able to stream 3d from my Air to TV using this as a source,with no buffering problems, first class product, People forget that WIFI is not a guaranteed speed all the time, but I am delighted.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok - but glacially slow

    • Written by from London

    Installation and setup is a piece of cake.
    However, running backups are glacially and annoyingly slow. Wish I bought a device I can simply plug directly into the Mac and backup from there.
    Also, the device hangs up regularly and needs to be restarted.
    Maybe mine is just a Monday's machine, but wouldn't buy it again.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It does what it says

    • Written by from Leeds

    I would recommend to anyone. Easy to set up and just works well for what it is made for! I have had a Time Capsule for some time now and it's worth it to us Apple users

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not really good enough

    • Written by from Beccles

    I gave this three stars but it really should be two, this works as a time capsule straight from the box, but thats it, as a wireless setup, its not very good, if Im not in the same room I cant get enough signal for my Mac Book Pro to pick it up, i wanted to use it to store all my music and photos but haven't discovered how to do that yet, it will mean I will have to be in the same room to do anything with them when I do. The Apple shop in Norwich told me I have to remove the BT router when using this but they don't know what they are talking about, it has to be wired in after the router or you don't get any internet!!

    2 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    More Apple magic!

    • Written by from Streatley-on-Thames

    Arrived next day and took all of 20 minutes to install as the new network hub with the Airport Extreme and Express units daisy-chained.
    Did a full Time Machine backup in 8 hours - silently! (my previous ext hard-drive was very noisy). A great pice of kit.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    That's 2 days of my life I won't get back

    • Written by from Sheffield

    Awful product. Great idea in principal however in practice dreadful. After 3 hours struggling to get my mac to find the drive it finally started the initial back up. Next morning all appeared well however after a quick check through the back up list only 1 further successful back up had been done. Set it to back up and it started. After 10 minutes it stopped as it. "Couldn't find the disk". Tried resetting, restoring, erasing all to no joy. Airport started telling me that the drive needed repair however after not being able to find any way to do this I erased the drive and started again only then for the drive to completely disappear of my list in finder.

    There are a number of 4/5 star reviews and it appears that these things either work or they don't. Personally I'm glad it failed before I had anything important on it. I'm going back to my manual back ups with a local USB drive. Far more reliable and recoverable should the worse happen and it fail.

    Cracking Apple idea but either poor implementation or poor components. Really not worth the hassle or expense. There are far cheaper and more reliable alternatives out there.

    Mine has gone back to the shop for a refund.

    22 of 30 people found this useful