AirPort Time Capsule - 3TB

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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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  • 2.5 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
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    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Intermittent shutdown problems...Latest version has engineering problems!

      I have had Apple routers and Time capsules for many years and until recently the experience has been mostly good. However, that said, I am very disappointed wit I have had Apple routers and Time capsules for many years and until recently the experience has been mostly good. However, that said, I am very disappointed with the performance of my second 3TB TC purchased in late 2014. I have had to return and exchange it twice now and am currently "testing" the third unit. It would appear there is a serious hardware or firmware problem that leads the device to power down intermittantly. It can power down once or twice a day sometimes, or may go for a week or more just fine then quite. The only way to reset it is unplug and replug the power cable and it sputters back to life. The sign of failure, apart from the obvious is the LED light goes off (while still plugged in). Apple have been pretty good and quick about providing a new unit. I am surprised though they cannot seem to read or access the TC diagnostics on board which supposedly get sent back to the mother ship also? Looking into the logs it is, and should be possible for the techs to see if thermal or other factors tripped the unit OFF. Oh well..I'll continue testing #3 and hope for the best this time. I think its most likely the latest engineering version thats at fault. Its worth noting my original 3TB TC purchased in 2010-2011 works just fine and has never given any problems.

      • Written by Laurel D from Anchorage

      252 of 280 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Intermittent shutdown problems...Latest version has engineering problems!

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Poor range & Inconsistent connection:

      In order to maintain connectivity you will find yourself cycling wifi on and off on your devices throughout the day. Better to use something else or wait until In order to maintain connectivity you will find yourself cycling wifi on and off on your devices throughout the day. Better to use something else or wait until Apple corrects whatever is wrong with the firmware on these.

      • Written by Richard M from Indianapolis

      179 of 196 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Poor range & Inconsistent connection:

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Love it, but it's got it's it's quirks

      Seamless, invisible, reliable, inane. This product serves well and transparently as both a WIFI router and backup. It's the second iteration of Time Capsule th Seamless, invisible, reliable, inane. This product serves well and transparently as both a WIFI router and backup. It's the second iteration of Time Capsule that I've relied upon for years. Yet, in the two instances they've each been called upon to save the day, they just didn't quite deliver. Each failure was accompanied by a permanent "Disk Temporarily Unavailable" notice. These occasions were hair-raising and tense, and after days of round-about-work-arounds I was able to retrieve my data. Imagine that, my data actually coming back to me from a device that was purchased to do just that. Sounds easy enough, but this product just doesn't deliver when it's needed. Either that, or I've had some pretty lousy luck. The process by which success came was circuitous, doubtful, annoying, and tedious... All words I've never used to describe an Apple product. As much as I like Apple and the concept of this product, I'll be foregoing it shortly in favor of a different strategy.

      • Written by John R from Clarence Center

      166 of 185 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Love it, but it's got it's it's quirks

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      the best

      This thing gave me faster wifi and convent wirless storage for my MacBook Pro, and my iMac

      • Written by James B from Manassas

      5 of 6 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?the best

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Incompatible with Bell Fibe, unable to join existing network

      Two hours back and forth between Bell Fibe and Apple, neither could get the thing to work despite every piece of kit in my home office is mac save for the ISP's Two hours back and forth between Bell Fibe and Apple, neither could get the thing to work despite every piece of kit in my home office is mac save for the ISP's router. So much for buying mac products for their plug-and-play functionality. First time setup asks if you want the time capsule to join an existing network, but the device can't actually see any existing networks. Apple support personnel I spoke with immediately conceded that joining an existing network isn't actually an option and that the device needs to be plugged in directly and create its own network, so be ready to plug this thing in with an ethernet cable. That there is still a prompt for something that's not actually an option speaks volumes about the QC processes at Apple. Over-promises and under-delivers like most Apple products.

      • Written by Hugh T from Toronto

      1 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Incompatible with Bell Fibe, unable to join existing network

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Some Issues, but Mostly Fine

      I am about to purchase a 2nd one of these 3TB models to replace a 12 year old 2TB b/g/n Time Capsule (older generation). You read that right, I got 12 years out I am about to purchase a 2nd one of these 3TB models to replace a 12 year old 2TB b/g/n Time Capsule (older generation). You read that right, I got 12 years out of the old model before it completely died (no lights, although it always ran hot)! The server-grade hard drive from the dead unit was transferred to a small USB 3.0 case so I can continue to use it although I've been informed that mechanical hard drives really should only be reliable for "5 years". So… I'm buying another 3TB to replace the "dead" older generation 2TB unit. The 3TB model I currently own HAS been problematic, but once I get it all configured I have no problems until I do certain "management" functions through AirPort Utility. The issue with my CURRENT 3TB unit is that there is a problem reading the settings. I don't know if there is defective memory in the unit or what, but you get into a continuous loop of "Reading Settings" and "Enter Password". I've found that turning off "Back to my Mac" and "Send Diagnostics to Apple" helps get things going, but trying to update the firmware has ALWAYS been an issue (and I'm a fairly technical guy!). I jump through hoops resetting, reconfiguring, trying this and that until it finally works! Then I leave it alone without issue! So… why am I buying another one?? I like the design, I'm familiar with it's operation, and when it works, it works! Hopefully this new one will not have the issues my current 3TB Time Capsule has!! A few pointers as I read through these reviews: If you want faster data transfer rates for big backups and restores, CONNECT WITH AN ETHERNET CABLE!!! WiFi is MUCH SLOWER than a good hardwired ethernet connection!! Secondly, we own two homes next to each other and have one ISP internet connection, so in order to have Ethernet cable connectivity "next door", we "Extend" our primary network with the use of a second Time Capsule physically located in the second building. The point is: "Extending" a network when you DON'T need to (read: when the signal strength is adequate everywhere you need it around your home) slows the WiFi down. There is a lot of extra overhead when two Time Capsules are talking to each other wirelessly. Don't "Extend" unless you really need to! Thirdly, one idiot said his "range" was so poor that he had a better signal from his neighbors unlocked WiFi 650 feet away. Don't believe that for a second. Either the guy is lying, or he is woefully poor at judging distance! WiFi transmission issues can be fixed by finding a better spot for the base station AND heeding the guidelines when troubleshooting. READ THE MANUAL!!

      • Written by Jeff P from Green Valley

      16 of 17 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Some Issues, but Mostly Fine

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