• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    4 Years Later

    No issues. One restore from disk image and perhaps 5 times retrieval of lost file. As a router it has also worked flawlessly.
    We have very slow and spotty net access and so are not moving to the cloud soon.
    I hope time Capsule is supported for some time to come.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Seriously, Do Not Buy

    I guess I'm one of the lucky ones cuz it took a whopping 2.5 years for mine to fail. And when (not if) this product fails, Apple will do absolutely nothing to help you recover your data. I don't understand what happened to Apple over the past 3-5 years. I actually still have my first generation time capsule that is functional, yet slower and only 500GB. Like others have noted, this newer version is just designed to break down. The Wifi setup is also not intuitive, it can give you a green light and tell you everything is fine, yet there is no functioning internet...I end up randomly changing different settings until it works.

    I understand some may just want to get it in hopes of a seamless Apple ecosystem, as well as to do backups wirelessly. So if you must, I highly recommend just getting an Airport Extreme and using the extra money to get a reliable external hard drive that you can hook up via USB cable. You could also go for the cheaper 2TB Time Capsule, but note that once the hard drive fails, you also won't be able to recognize anything attached via USB. All in all, none are ideal options. The only reason I haven't totally given up is because it is nice to have my iTunes library always available on the wifi system for my Sonos speakers, but I'd imagine every single alternative solution is better than Apple's offering right now. Seriously, do not buy.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport. Boxy, but good.

    I went through six routers before settling on this one. Range is decent, but stable in my experience. Backups are effortless. Set it and forget it, with peace of mind that my data is stored to a separate drive. Works very well in an Apple echo system, although I do have some 3rd party wireless devices connecting to it without issue. (for example, and old desktop PC workstation, with a TP-Link wireless adapter).

    Aesthetically pleasing (as far as routers go).

    Not recommended for those that like to tinker, or have more granular control of the settings.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best solution for my apartment.

    I live in a apartment full of thick concrete walls. Only with this device i was able to have setup a one big and strong wifi network all along the the house. Additional the two tera for backup are great. Setup was amazing simple!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Overheating Note

    This is an expensive item. Up to now it has worked good. I have started having problems backing up automatically and now Im getting a note that it is overheating. Still working but the green light won't come on and I get the blinking amber light. Not sure what to do with it. Not sure what to do for a replacement. I see on the reviews that this is an issue. Shouldn't be happening on an Apple product that you pay a premium price for.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Brilliant

    I've been using a 3TB Airport Time Capsule for backups for 3 years.

    It's easy to set up and just takes care of business in the background which is exactly what you need a backup system to do.

    I have used it twice for full system restores to recover after a dodgy software installation and to ensure my Mac was virus free after being exposed to potential malware. The whole restore process was simple and easy to do although it is quite slow to complete ( eg 20+ hours to restore 1TB ).

    I would also really like to see Apple enhance the product in five ways:

    (1) Add support for mirrored drives inside the Airport Time Capsule so the data in the Airport Time Capsule is protected.

    (2) Increase the capacity of the Airport Time Capsule so I can more conveniently use it as a remote disk.

    (3) Add the ability to copy the Time Machine data to an external backup disk for offsite storage.

    (4) Enable iTunes to seamlessly offload multimedia content from a Mac to an Airport Time Capsule.

    (5) Provide more user control over the timing and retention of snapshots and restore points.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broken Fan after 14 months caused overheating.

    I bought my time capsule 14 months ago. Product was fine except for intermittent dropped wireless connections. The reason I am giving it 1 star is that the fan broke after only 14 months (just out of warranty), and the unit started overheating. Most importantly, there are many reports online of overheating and fan failures. If I felt like my experience was just bad luck, I would give a higher rating on the assumption that it was just a bad unit. The bottom line is that I paid $399 plus tax for a product that lasted just over a year. Stay away from this one.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    I've had this router for 2 yrs, love it! Just upgraded my wifi service to 200Mbps, and the Time Capsule easily handled it (had to buy the latest cable though, I didn't realize that the older cable I was using couldn't handle the increased speed). Bummed that they're not developing new routers anymore

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy Setup - No Issues

    This time machine was purchased to replace a 6 year old time machine that was starting to drop it's internet signal almost every other day. Set up was extremely easy and all existing network settings (i.e. password for WiFi) were automatically copied over. So far so good with a reliable WiFi signal.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    When it subtly fails, you won't notice until too late.

    1) Sold to me, as a replacement, under warranty (hmmm), for the compact TC. Within months, notice deteriorating WiFi rates. I blamed it on my ISP. Now, after switching back to the compact TC, that came back to life 24 hrs after purchase of above, I see my WiFi works at advertised speeds.
    2) Randomly, found this TC off line and backups not done, 1st thing before market open. I'd cycle power on all components from ISP gateway, to MacBook Pro. Over year's time, happened with higher frequency. Coincidentally ISP service was finding faults in line to my home.
    3) One morning, instead of a 'sparse bundle' for my primary business MBP, I find all backups gone, and a 'purgeable' file in its place. Not at all purgeable. Then, it just quit responding to Time Machine altogether.
    Word to the wise, always have a separate EHD to copy every personal data/files needed to reconstruct one's life. We nearly got to that point. Bigger note, have a NAS RAID1 drive in place.
    4) Fortunately, compact TC, reformatted, came to life, remembered its ID from years before. Sped up initial backups, by running LAN cable directly to TC, from each PC consecutively w/WiFi off (~5 hrs for 400GB total).
    5) Based on Apple's published support and future promotion of TC's, I'm ordering a RAID1 NAS device, that I can also daisy chain EHDs ad infinitum to, from this point forward.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally I get the speed i paid for!

    This has been the best buy to enhance my network! I am not experiencing the negative review about this device at all. Easy to setup. started to backup my MacBook Pro. To backup 60gb took two hours. Definitely worth it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    6 Years, going strong

    Best thing ever. Has worked brilliantly without an issue. Way better stability and consistency of signal for Wifi. Smooth backups that I've had to use.

    8 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    expensive paperweight

    After struggling through set-up, it worked for several months, then needed reboot. After reboot, it worked for several months, then needed reboot. After reboot, it worked for several months, then needed reboot. After reboot, it worked for several months, then needed reboot. Getting the idea??

    It is recognized in AirPort Utility (I had it placed a few feet from my laptop), I can go through the setup process, but the drive won't connect with Time Machine. I've had enough frustration so I gave up on it and got a larger USB portable drive (although not as convenient as the wi-fi connection, it was a third of the cost of the Time Capsule). Plus, no rebooting every so often.

    Although I've never had issues with the Mac laptops I've owned, I supplemented Time Machine with third (CCC) party software, since this $400 kick in the you-know-what reduced my trust in Apple products.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DESIGNED TO FAIL

    The HDD went bad and since the TC was no longer under warranty, I purchased a new HDD with the intention of replacing it myself. I purchased the exact same HDD as was in there from the factory. The electronics inside are designed as to unnecessarily require the removal of several plugs in order to remove the HDD. The circuit board connections on two of the three wires that must be removed do not actually have connectors (the indicator light and the cooling fan). They have extremely delicate and extremely small individual connections on the circuit board (seven total) and of course, I broke connectors on both while trying to remove the wires from the circuit board. To avoid this problem, Apple could have simply made the wires longer so they could be moved aside far enough to remove the HDD, or they could have routed the wires differently to eliminate the potential problem altogether. Currently, the TC is working, however I have no indicator light (not that big of a deal) and I have no cooling fan (this causes an error in AirPort Utility). To hopefully keep it from overheating, I left the bottom cover off and now have the TC standing upside down to allow the heat to escape (I'm sure it's just a matter of time before the heat is too much and it burns out, which leaves me with the choice of spending yet another $400 or going with another brand). I'm very disappointed with Apple on this one!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    okay but not great

    it was great while it lasted but it died a violent death. Worked perfectly for 4 years then started overheating and making awful noises. Tech support told me the life span was usually 4 to 7 years. Funny they never mention that when you buy it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as it should

    I have new to my 3TB two 1TB Time Capsules, this 3 TB Capsule is nice, the backup of devices, the web connection and all it should do, works with no big problems.
    Since I use them behind my router i have a secure WIFI/WLAN proving and a nice quite and secret backup of all my apple devices.
    Thats is really a great solution. One just has to stay inside the apple family, no hybrid solutions and no mix.
    Since I kicked all D-Link and other wanna be Routers out, my WiFI Home network stays stable and reachable for ALL mobile, and all TV Streaming and ALL Music streaming in all 4 BR!
    (Although I leave a FRITZ BOX from Germany at the etisalat LAN direct access. Best Firewall and protection.) So all trouble in the net is either from etisalat hick-ups or because one TimeCapsule needs a Firmware update. But then the Apple WiFi Airport Utility flares up and shows the trouble maker...

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Reboot and overheating errors.

    Had the unit a few months and it started dropping connections with the internet and local machines. DIscovered the indicator on the front was Yellow all of the time.

    Used the Airport app on my Mac to find out it was overheating all of the time and forcing near constant reboots. This unit was not running in a hot or closed location.

    I called for support and the rep asked what I did to break the unit because no one ever has problems with it. He then told me that my problem was customer created and I did 't qualify for support!!!

    Between this and my $300 beats wireless headphones breaking maybe buying 'Apple' products isn't such a good idea anymore...

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost excellent

    This is the third time capsule in 6 years. My second 3tb unit. Is almost excellent. Setup is so easy. The only complaints from me is the USB 2.0 speed and the non Apple support to access the time capsule from iOS devices.
    Wifi speed is very fast and you can add visitors network too.
    5ghz also works fine with a long coverage too.
    I always used all the time capsule products with belkin power outlet to ensure damage free from electricity network.
    You can buy this with confidence, and I hope the discontinued rumors will be just rumors.
    I add 4 stars for missing options I mention above.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great must own!

    I have the time capsule and its great. I got the 3TB because you can't have enough storage. Step up was easy as you would expect from apple and it is compatible with verizon fios.l

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keeps getting worse

    Half the distance of my old router and I have never been able to read files on any USB drive I attached not to mention that the USB port is USB 2.0 in 2016 so Apple could make an extra nickel on us.

    As of Yosemite, OS X/Max OS doesn't even see the drive.

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