AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB

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  • Overview

    Back up a lifetime’s worth of memories with AirPort Time Capsule, a wireless hard drive that works seamlessly with Time Machine in OS X. It’s also a fully featured Wi-Fi base station with the latest 802.11ac technology and simultaneous dual-band support. Choose from 2TB and 3TB models.

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    Automatic wireless backup.

    AirPort Time Capsule includes a 2TB or 3TB hard drive that works with Time Machine in OS X to create the perfect no-hassle backup solution.1 There are no cables, and you can back up all the Mac computers in your home to a central location — automatically, wirelessly, and in the background.

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    Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

    With 802.11ac technology and a powerful beamforming antenna array, AirPort Time Capsule gives you up to 3x faster Wi-Fi and a stronger, clearer signal.2 And because it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time, your wireless devices will automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest performance possible.

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    Designed with performance in mind.

    With the antennas at the top of the elevated design, AirPort Time Capsule now has a higher platform for dispersing the signal. We also increased the number of antennas. There are now six of them — three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. Together with 802.11ac technology, they let you connect faster, farther, and with more power than ever before.

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    Easy setup for iOS and OS X.

    Connect your DSL or cable modem to AirPort Time Capsule and use the built-in setup assistant to create your new wireless network in just a few taps from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you’re using a Mac, use the built-in AirPort Utility. Setup is just as fast and just as easy.

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    Share your hard drive or printer.

    AirPort Time Capsule can turn any external USB hard drive into a secure drive you can share across your Wi-Fi network. So all the documents, videos, photos, and other files instantly become available to anyone, Mac and PC users alike. You can even connect a printer and share it wirelessly.

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    Compatibility and security.

    Any Wi-Fi device you have will work with AirPort Time Capsule. That’s because it’s compatible with devices using the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac specifications. And since AirPort Time Capsule features a built-in firewall that protects your network from malicious Internet attacks, you can enjoy the web with peace of mind.

    What’s in the Box

    AirPort Time Capsule

    Printed documentation

    Power cord

    Tech Specs

      Size and Weight

    • Height: 6.6 inches (168 mm)
    • Width: 3.85 inches (98 mm)
    • Depth: 3.85 inches (98 mm)
    • Weight: 3.26 pounds (1.48 kg)3

    Connections and Expansion

    Built-in power supply

    Ethernet

    Gigabit Ethernet WAN port

    Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports

    USB

    USB 2

    Wireless

    IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac2

    Beamforming antenna array

    Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz

    Number of Users

    50

    System Requirements

    Setup and Administration

    Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and AirPort Utility 6.3

    iOS device with iOS 6 or later and AirPort Utility 1.3

    Backup Using Time Machine

    Mac with OS X v10.5.7 or later

    Wireless Device Access

    Any Wi-Fi-enabled device that uses the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac specification

    Shared Printing with a USB Printer

    Mac with OS X v10.2.7 or later

    PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), or Windows 8

    Shared USB Hard Drive

    Mac with OS X v10.4.8 or later

    PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), or Windows 8

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  • 3.0 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
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    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Worked for just over a year

      Worked for just over a year, then, began making a loud whining noise. It still works, but I can't be in the same room with it. Took it to the Apple Store who Worked for just over a year, then, began making a loud whining noise. It still works, but I can't be in the same room with it. Took it to the Apple Store who said it couldn't be fixed and would likely stop working in the near future. I did not purchase Apple Care because the product was not likely to be abused. it just sits still on a desk top and does its thing. This product should last longer than a year especially for $300. Definitely, not worth the money.

      • Written by Curt N from Bethany

      398 of 424 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Worked for just over a year

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Worst Apple product

      Definitely the worst Apple product I've ever owned. I only bought it for the wireless time machine backups. It worked fine for awhile. Forgot that it was on reg Definitely the worst Apple product I've ever owned. I only bought it for the wireless time machine backups. It worked fine for awhile. Forgot that it was on regular backups (which is the point!) and came back to check one day and it hadn't been backing up. Can't get it to backup wirelessly anymore. Forced to use it as a USB hard drive now. Bought it brand new less than a year ago.

      • Written by Alexander C from Saint Joseph

      324 of 354 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Worst Apple product

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      This is the worst thing I've ever bought

      I wanted to invest in a decent set of Wifi kit for my new home, so I bought the 3TB airport time capsule and an airport express extender to satisfy all of my wi I wanted to invest in a decent set of Wifi kit for my new home, so I bought the 3TB airport time capsule and an airport express extender to satisfy all of my wifi needs. For the first month or so things seemed to be fine. Then my Time Machine backups could no longer find the 3TB drive - and when I tried to access it from my finder I found it was there, but really slow to access folder, and would often come back with errors saying the drive was no longer available. So I switched off time machine and just used it as a network extender (and bought a cheap - but very reliable external Disk Drive that I plug into my mac). That worked for a couple of months, then I and my family started getting intermittent connectivity issues with the wifi. Sometimes while I was at work the wifi would be inaccessible all day. I tried powering down the airport time capsule and voila! any device that was in range of the other airport express worked perfectly. This is a massive disappointment - considering how overpriced these items are. I think my desire to remain entirely in the Apple eco-system is on the wane. Im off to buy some better/cheaper networking kit, and Ive replaced my new IPhone 6 plus with a Nexus 6P Couldnt be happier

      • Written by Dean C from Wadhurst

      294 of 330 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?This is the worst thing I've ever bought

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Fan issues

      I bought this Time Capsule 18 months ago and a few days ago, it started to have a loud whirring and occasion screeching noise and error messages. I took it to t I bought this Time Capsule 18 months ago and a few days ago, it started to have a loud whirring and occasion screeching noise and error messages. I took it to the Genius Bar but they said they didn't know what was wrong with it and that they don't fix Time Capsules. I didn't buy Apple Care for it besides I didn't expect something like this to have any issues. I used an Airport Express for > 4 years without any problems... I decided to tear it down myself using and found that it was actually due to the fan not working. I'm going try to replace it myself but I am disappointed at the product and the amount of work I'm having to do to try to fix something that otherwise shouldn't require any maintenance, especially after only 18 months. Otherwise before this issue, Time Capsule worked very well and smoothly - backing up regularly and without me having to do anything besides a quick initial setup. It works well as a Wifi device with good range, but there are much cheaper and more reliable products (Apple and other brands) for this use.

      • Written by Michael W from San Diego

      3 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Fan issues

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Not reliable over time

      I mainly purchase Apple products because of the hardware reliability. They simply last in time. Unfortunately the AirPort Time Capsule doesn't follow this patte I mainly purchase Apple products because of the hardware reliability. They simply last in time. Unfortunately the AirPort Time Capsule doesn't follow this pattern. It worked seamlessly in the first year, however at some moment in time it started reporting heat problems. I noticed a bit too late, and mainly because the network performance started diminishing and then it stroke me - the whole hardware is packed in an upper sealed tower, with the only ventilation possibility on the bottom. Responsible for this ventilation is one cooler that seems to be dying quite quickly (the noises some are reporting). Once the cooler stops ventilating, the system suffers a slow death. The software doesn't do too much either - it reports heat, but actually the device feels quite cool - I doubt that many users check frequently the Airport Utility. And no, I don't want to waste time going to Apple Store and get it fixed - I pay a premium rate exactly to avoid this waste of time and downtimes in my network; not to mention the backup which is supposed to last more than any other device.

      • Written by Dragos F from Munich

      6 of 6 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Not reliable over time

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Worst back up ever!!!!!

      I've been backing up my MacBook Pro to a Mac Airport via Time Machine for several years. Only needed to restore twice. Both times have been an utter failure. I've been backing up my MacBook Pro to a Mac Airport via Time Machine for several years. Only needed to restore twice. Both times have been an utter failure. I've had to wipe my hard drive twice. I tried to do a full restore using the time machine. It would start the restore but always failed. After many failed attempts, I finally gave up and just reloaded the operating system. Then I tried to just restore my files from time machine using migration assistant. That would not work either. I spent hours on the web reading all the "fixes" for these problems but nothing would work. Now I don't even have permission to access the files on Time Machine. No luck finding any fix on the web. Time machine and the Mac Airport are useless for their intended purposes

      • Written by Keith O from Crestwood

      8 of 8 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Worst back up ever!!!!!

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