• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Speed problem

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    What I've learned is that TWC wifi modem is much faster than the airport time capsule 3TB, but to perform a wireless backup, a TWC wifi modem has to be in a bridge mode and airport time capsule (wifi) host. When TWC wifi modem setup as a host wifi modem-router the speed of the Internet is as promised even when I'm 50 feet away from the router, unfortunately the time capsule will not perform a (wifi) backup because it has to be the host router according to apple tech support recommendation. I would never buy this airport time capsule 3TB if I knew that its so slow. I pay for a fast internet connection 100 Mbps but because of the slow airport time capsule I'm getting around 20-30 Mbps.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What happened? I thought products were improving. Terrible Wifi.

    • Written by from Rushville

    I was very excited to upgrade my old Time Capsule to the sleek new 3TB, but I was in for a rude awakening. I had lots of problems from day 1 with dropped connections and devices not even picking up the new Time Capsule. Support assumed I had a bad antenna and had me drive 2 hours to the nearest Apple Store. They exchanged it with no problems. The 2nd try was EXACTLY the same as the first. Dropped connections and devices not able to access the TC. I even bought a new Wifi printer. As soon as I plugged in my old TC, everything worked great. There won't be a 3rd try. This thing is garbage. It's like having a PC again...

    1 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Setup and forgot about

    • Written by from Long Island City

    I set up the Time Capsule, set up time machine and then forgot about it. That's how dam good this thing is!!!

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    LOVE IT!!!

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Absolutely love it!! WiFi range is insane! Data rates are incredible! Super easy setup and I love the AirPort app on iOS devices in addition to the AirPort Utility app on my iMac. Wireless Time Machine backups!! No more plugging in an external hard drive every few weeks.

    One tip: I suggest manually setuping a 5GHz network, because more often than not, the AirPort Time Capsule will default you to 2.4GHz which is much slower, though has a broader range (good for large houses). I live in a railroad apt in Brooklyn, and the 5GHz is full bars throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Range

    • Written by from Indianapolis

    We live in a large multi story older house with internal masonry walls. WiFi very difficult to reach all parts of house so we have Netgear powerline devices which are not 100% reliable.

    We installed the Airport 3TB in a home office at the far end of our home about 150 feet from a back enclosed brick-walled porch where we have a smart TV.

    The device is a giant improvement and now we can get uninterrupted hi-def service in all parts of the house. No fades or drops.

    It took about 20 minutes for the setup to complete and the indicator light to turn green. So be patient.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it

    • Written by from Orland

    My Time Capsule arrived in the afternoon just before I left for work. The next morning I hooked up all the cables and started it and my iMac. Set up took only a few minutes. I waited until after supper to start the back ups. My iMac backed up, via Ethernet, 101 GB in just over an hour. The MBP ( my 3 year old developer machine ), via WiFi, backed up 194 GB in just under 7 hours. I checked WiFi range with my wife's iPhone 5s and it's about 50% more coverage.
    I am a little disappointed, I expected to set up seperate passwords for main network & Time Capsule settings but see no place for that. Also for some reason my sister's Kindle Fire will not connect to my guest network but will to the main.
    Over all, so far, very pleased.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Roseville

    First unit died inside of 3 months. I have been through TWO MORE units and BOTH of these simply decide to drop internet or power down. Requires a manual unplug to get it back up and running. Totally unreliable. Shame on you Apple. Next I will try to get my money back and buy a real wifi router....

    20 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Twice the Internet Speed!

    • Written by from North Hills

    We just installed our Time Capsule last night and I used it to create a new wireless network. I checked the speed of our old wi-fi modem (Motorola Surfboard) and we were getting 52.34Mbps download speeds. Checked the new Time Capsule network and got a whopping 106.52Mbps! We're finally getting the speed we're paying for.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product!!!

    • Written by from Jesowka

    I had a router and the range was good, but i had problems of stability. i purchased Airport Time capsule 3TB, without knowing all the details and full potential…. I am amazed on the speedy and ease of set-up. the back of my daughter mac book air is so intuitive. just had to activate the back up option on her mac book… should have purchased it long ago.
    i love it… Well done Apple!!!

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect — Not Quite

    • Written by from Denver

    This is a great product. Period. What I find frustrating is the lack of an all-in-one solution, which is what you should get at this price-point. This product lacks an audio port, which means if you want AirPlay support, you have to spend another $100. You can use the USB port to charge your iPhone, but not to back it up. You can plug in a hard drive OR printer, but you can't do both.

    Additionally, when the TC first came out, one of the selling points was the "server grade" hard drive. That line no longer appears and inside there is now a fairly cheap, consumer grade drive. As long as it doesn't fail, I really don't care, but it's worth mentioning.

    Setting aside these rather nit-picky points, everything else is top-notch.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Time Capsule

    • Written by from Bakersfield

    This is a great product and easy to install. I was using in 20 minutes. I think setup is easier with a Mac computer.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well if on Mac, but little ability on IOS, including file Sharing!!!

    • Written by from Gardner

    WTF Apple... You don't have an app or native IOS integration with Time Capsule for file sharing, or really anything beyond configuring a network connection?

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, back up IOS to iTunes on your Mac, then back up to the Time Capsule is a hack way of addressing backups (and you know this is a hack way that won't poach on your iCloud business). So, backups are kinda, sorta, taken care of but not really the nice 'Apple way' we would expect here.

    Either way, without a 3rd party app, you can't access files on the Time Capsule. Works great when you're isolated to a Mac.

    Come on Apple, step up here.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the best

    • Written by from Indianapolis

    My experience with this has not been the best, I expected better for the price (I bought the latest redesigned model)

    I've just started logging every issue I have, but haven't collected enough data to use in in this review, but wanted to share my experience to date.

    The odd thing is that I bought this to replace my airport extreme router, which I was very happy with. I assumed this would be at least as good, but where my last one was very stable, this one needs to restarted every two weeks, either because it can't be found, or internet is having issue. A reboot typically fixes it, but for a $400 device, its ridiculous to walk up to it to do a manual reboot so frequently.

    Especially the 5GHz radio band (the fast band), seems to be less robust.

    Also, shortly after I had bought it, I lost a good bit of data which I was not happy about. My computer had reported that the backup had completed successfully, but when upgrading a drive and doing a restore from the Time Capsule (which was another headache), I discovered problems with my music and photo backups (I spent significant time cleaning up, integrating, and organizing these libraries, and I completely lost those and still trying to recover from that), . Any backup I do to a regular USB drive i've never had a problem (and they are easier to restore from). Its still a little mysterious to me how or why these were not successfully backed up.

    If I hadn't giving my old Airport Extreme to my sister, I would have sent this back, but now i'm kind of stuck with it. If I could do over, I would switch back to my airport extreme for a router, and just get a normal USB drive and plug that my Mac. One upside of this device over a regular USB drive is that my laptop and desktop macs can both wireless backup (hopefully next time my data will be there if I need it).

    Lastly (not my last issue, just the last one I will write about) is that i've disconnected my Nest thermostat from using this router and put it back to my AT&T 2-wire router, because I would frequently lose the ability to adjust the thermostat remotely when on the Apple network.

    So, needless to say, not my favorite apple product. The concept is great, its compact, it looks create, its wireless. If you want something that works well, I personally can't recommend this.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from HOLLIDAYSBURG

    Purchased this unit from a third party electronic store. Arrived very quickly and setup was a breeze. I was especially excited about the increased speeds, etc. I had had no problems with my little Airport Extreme, but thought the major step up would be a good idea. Well, after about 6 months, I am seriously regretting my purchase. I have Atlantic Broadband as my cable and internet provider. Well, I had just re-installed the ATC-3TB three days ago. Things have been going fairly smoothly... the usual difficulty in recognizing the ATC by my Mac BookPro Retina, and a seemingly reluctance to do backups, for whatever reason. But, over looking that minor annoyance, everything else seemed to be going along swimmingly. Then IT happened again. Sunday evening, around 9:00 pm, internet service all but ceased. No Safari, no FaceBook, nada. Zip. Creeping blue progress line. Went back and re-installed the little AirPort Extreme. Voila! Service back on, everyone back on line. We are all happy. I guess I can use the ATC as a plug in backup and keep my old AirPort Extreme as my router. Pretty darn expensive hard drive.

    21 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Wireless...frustrating as HECK otherwise

    • Written by from Bellingham

    First off the bat...the wireless section is awesome...but everything else is frustrating.
    First off, IVP6 support...it is listed, but Apple has issues with IVP6, particularly with Comcast.
    Second, the Time Capsule portion. I want to shoot it. With a large caliber weapon. Constantly loses the network connections. Can't be used as a media server (Uh...Apple...Garageband awesomeness and you make a 3 TB drive that won't work to store and serve freaking media files????). I've tried every possible configuration. Been on the phone with tech support multiple times and they admit it has problems. Now it won't allow me any access to my stored files at ALL. Including my media and personal files like tax and banking info. I am going to try to figure out how to get them off with the help of tech support and exchange it for an Airport Extreme and a NAS drive. If you used it just as a backup, then fine...if it would maintain a connection. But do not buy this if you intend to put your media and other files on it as you too will be shopping for ammunition.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Powerful under the hood

    • Written by from Lafayette

    Being a wireless & security tech, I chose to test this device before making it the heart of my home network. What I discovered is that not only is the wireless rock solid when the device is placed properly in the premises (which many people neglect), but the easy-as-pie administration via AirPort Utility is surprisingly flexible and powerful. I was able to set up a very secure network with a hidden BSSID, a fairly secure guest network that broadcasts (think honeypot), and easily added extenders (Extreme and Extreme+) that allow me full streaming signal strength across 1 acre of property and anywhere in the house. The networking is in bridged mode so I get DHCP IPs from the cable modem, thus avoiding dual-NAT. Despite all the fiddling I do with my Macs, they all get backed up automatically and the drive and printer sharing has worked as well. I always take the time to make sure I'm spending my money smartly, but there simply wasn't any other product on the market as solid as this that could perform all of these functions, reliably and without a ton of drivers and setup time.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best wireless ROUTER/BACKUP solution out there!

    • Written by from Juneau

    This is by far the most functional and most controllable (with app) router via any iDevice/Mac! I love how it stable and quickly it backs up my MacBook Pro and other household Mac devices. It is possible to use it as a stand alone 'network drive' but that's not what this device is designed to be. Like I said, it is possible, you just have to search the 'net for the "how-to".

    The internet connection is solid. Initially, it wasn't, but after updating the firmware, it runs like a champ. I have never had to reset this router at all since then (it's been at least 6 months or maybe even longer).

    The tech specs and description speaks for itself, but if you use this as it is intended to be used (a backup source, hence 'time capsule' not 'network drive'); you will be more than pleased with it's speed, range and durability.

    I'm so tired of these 1 star reviews tainting the final overall score of this exceptional product. Use it for what it is and rate it for what it's supposed to do, not what you were hoping it would or wouldn't be!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very unstable, and Airport Utility is virtually useless

    • Written by from BALTIMORE

    Worked for the first year. Now it is very unstable. Every time we run Airport Utility the Time Capsule "cannot be found". We have to power recycle the Time Capsule. Every time! Then one and only one of our many devices kept dropping off of the LAN until I changed IPv6 settings on both Time Capsule and iMac. Really, Apple? Apple tech support has zero clue as to why this is happening and refuses to help. My Time Capsule is essentially becoming a very, very expensive paperweight. Thanks a lot, Apple!

    45 of 52 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    LOVE this thing!

    • Written by from Moorhead

    It's too bad about the experience the negative reviewers have had... Here's how my experience started:
    1) Receive the device a day sooner than expected
    2) Took it home over lunch break, opened the package, verified it was in perfect shape (it was)
    3) Removed my Netgear NightHawk router from my LAN
    4) Plugged necessary data cables into the device, then powered it up
    5) Made a trip to the next room to my iMac
    6) Spent PRECISELY three (3) minutes turning on Time Capsule and configuring the device via the Airport app in "Utilities"
    7) Started the first backup of my iMac (588 Gigs)
    8) Made and devoured a party pizza (15 minutes)
    9) Went to check, and discovered that everything was already done!

    Fast, easy and, considering the backup potential with 3 TB, not terribly expensive. For real-world testing, I ran five speed tests using www.speedtest.net, and my 50/5MB connection tested at 48.6/4.73 via wireless.


    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor hard drive capabilities

    • Written by from Miller Place

    Purchased this 3tb capsule twice, first one came factory defective according to apple. Second one, works fine as a network adapter, but is way to slow for a hard drive, wifi or with ethernet. I bought it to transfer 800gb of photos onto it. moving them over to it was very difficult, seemed unstable, unreliable, and it was never doing what it said it was doing. After it taking a couple of days to transfer my photos, now when i load the shared drive through finder, it occasionally says it doesn't exist, or was disconnected from network, then i go into the airport utility and wait for it to load there and sometimes that works but not always. after it loads , you click onto the data folder which inside is my photos, which at this point takes atleast 15 mins for the previews to load. I finally get them loaded and notice theres 504 photos that the icons appear transparent, and say they are zero bytes. i check the info on the photos and they say they were created jan 1984 at 3am, and modified jan 2068. so what does that mean. anyway, i have to rate it 2 stars because for the price , its not worth the aggrivation

    10 of 13 people found this useful