• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best router I've used

    I went through my fair share of WiFi routers. All of them that I've used, from Belkin, Linksys, D-link, etc were all painful to setup and had options I'm sure their makers don't even understand. They also got super slow as time went on, need to be restarted every now and again to keep things running optimally. Yes, they were cheap, probably the only good thing about them.

    Enter Time Capsule. I bought this along with my Retina Macbook Pro two years ago now in 2013. It's 2015 and is been well over 2 years, I I thought I would at least share my experience. First, it's so simple to use! The setup was painless, just open Airport Utility on Mac or iPhone and enter the network name and pretty much done! Airport Utility is one simple app as well. Not a lot of options but that's a good thing for me (not that I'm not technologically savvy -- heck I'm a software developer, but I have no patience with hard to use hardware/software).

    I also use Time Machine to back it up and encrypt my backup. Two other people in my house also back up to the same time capsule. 2TB is plenty for us. The Time Capsule automatically cleans up older backups and pretty much takes care of everything.

    After setup, there is 0 maintenance that I've had to do on it, aside from the fact that there were 1-2 software updates, which again, was painless. I don't even remember ever restarting the Time Capsule outside of power outages. Folks, this is one product that I don't mind saying, It just works ™.

    Sure it's about $100-$200 more expensive than the rest of the guys, but you know what? It's worth it, just for the experience alone. You can get a decent AC wifi router for $100 less than this. But they would be more painful to use, harder to maintain, have way lower quality of customer support, and they would need replacing after 1-2 years because somehow they manage to slow down as time goes on.

    This is hands down a 5/5 product for me. Couldn't be happier.

    30 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Saved me lots of time and my data

    I bought one of these about 4 years ago with my refurbished MacBook pro. Set up Time Capsule and forgot about it until a couple years later when my hard drive bit the dust. Here's where it get's interesting: installed a new SSD, booted the computer, it asked me to connect to time capsule and the internet, and a couple hours later my computer was EXACTLY as I had left it. Easiest recovery I have ever done by FAR!

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic

    This thing is brilliant. I have a Sky Hub which I thought was doing well until i met this baby. We live in an Apple household, 2 iPads, 3 iPhone, a Mac and an Apple TV3 and 4 so I thought it made sense to have an Apple Network to use them with. Also given the fact that we have 3.80 download speed on rural boardband anything is worth a try. So plugged into the Sky Hub, popped up Airport Utility on the Mac and within minutes it had run the set up itself and bang it was done. The longest part of the whole process was reseting the Belkin Extenders I have but that was not its fault. So does it make a difference to my board band speeds, well yes and no and here's where the magic is. I still get 3.80 download speed but before say when I was downloading a large file, my wife was streaming on her iPad and the kids where watching Netflix on the Apple Tv, something had to give - usually me. It just couldn't cope. However with this one week later we can pretty much do all our own thing at the same time without noticing any slow down - amazing. The download is still 3.80. In terms of Back-Up = be warned the first one takes forever and was the only time the Network slowed down, the first night therefore can be a bit depressing but hold your guns, after that you'll start to notice the difference. Further back-up's have been small and quick and not even noticed. So given all that I have began to replace the Belkin Extenders with the Airport Express - first one set up today and making the whole thing run even better! It is in the office with my Mac and boy do they love with other. Last word - worth every penny, no more Dad running around turning of devices to cope with bad boardband - fiddling with Sky Hub settings to change channels etc etc etc. Goodbye to all that!

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    my 2008 model saved my bacon

    When my older iMac died an inglorious death, this little older Time Capsule saved my life, so to speak. When the new one arrived, the time Capsule proceeded to go to work and restore every single thing just as it was, so that using the new iMac was no different than using the prior one. It put every siingle item back where it had been and it was just like having my old computer...except in a sleek new package. I will not ever be without one of these. That one crash was enough to make me a fan for life.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!

    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!

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best wireless router/storage device I've used to date, highly recommend!

    I have been through quite a bit of wireless routers over the years from D-Link, Netgear, Linksys, Cisco. These routers would work for some time but then would eventually start failing and required reboots fairly often. I moved from a two story home to a three story home and wanted adequate wireless coverage. Immediately after moving to my new home, the wireless issues started. After quite a bit of frustration, I decided to try the Time Capsule since I use quite a bit of Apple devices. I set this unit up over a year ago and have not had to do much with it since. I have rebooted it only recently for a firmware update. This unit is a work horse and maintains wireless coverage and connectivity throughout my home without issue. Having the ability to manage the Time Capsule from my iPhone, iPad and other Apple devices is a very nice feature. The Time Machine backup feature has been used on many occasions to restore an entire system back to a new Mac device. Having peace of mind knowing that your systems are always backed up and can be restored with a click of a button is just priceless. It is basically a set it and forget it type of system. You set up your wireless network, set the Time Machine options on your Mac devices and you're done. My only regret is not having this unit sooner. Frustration and hassle could have been averted many years prior.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy this thing!

    I recently was using a 1T external HD for backup but needed a replacement as it was reaching its capacity and at the same time my Airport Express 3rd gen. was due for retirement so why not kill two birds with one stone. I make most of my Apple purchases through their refurbished department and saw a 2T Time Capsule for $179 so why not.
    Setting up the wi-fi was a breeze but the backup system was a bit troublesome so I called tech support. It turns out that if you hook Time capsule to a cable modem that does double duty as a router you might run into a communication issue. I finished setting up my Time Capsule and the last bit of advice was to contact my cable provider and request that they disable the wifi function of their modem and thus put it in "bridge" mode. Long story short Apple's router is twice as fast as the cable router.
    A win/win situation so as the title of my review states buy this thing and you'll never look back.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid wifi and reliable backups. I love it!

    Another beautifully designed Apple product, that works.
    I recently bought a wireless and cloud external drive, thinking it was exactly what I needed. On paper, sure. In real life, it was a pain from the start. After a couple of weeks of hassle, I returned it, and caved in - paid the extra and bought the Time Capsule. I decided I wanted it to handle all the wireless in my house - because it could, and because I'd experienced channel congestion and occasional flaky connections with my old router - so I switched my Virgin Media Superb 2 over to Modem Only mode. The Time Capsule connected straight away, my ethernet connected devices connected to it and my wireless devices didn't bat an eyelid. My Mac found the disk straight away for the Time Machine backup first time too. Brilliant. I also created a guest network for visitors.
    I did a speed test about 15 minutes after I'd connected, and found the wifi speeds were well short of what they should be. I did the test on a Mac Air, iPad and iPhone and got the same poor results. Gutted. I ran out of time to try and find out what the problem was and went to bed, very disappointed. I tried another speed test in the morning, and got 6 mbps OVER my 150 mbps allocation. Woo hoo! I tested the other devices, and all were running at full download speed too, and have done ever since. So, my message to you all is, don't do your speed checks when a Time Machine backup is in progress! Especially the first one (which does take hours - leave it to do overnight) because you'll think there's something wrong when there isn't.
    The wifi from the TC is solid, it hasn't dropped out once so I trust it to just be left to do its thing now. The setup was a doddle, just make sure your ethernet cable connected to your modem is in the very bottom slot when you start it up. Also, make sure you know how to log into your modem to change any settings you might need to (such as switching to Modem Mode). And read the setup instructions - they are downloadable from the Apple Support site - plus there's the leaflet that comes in the box.
    All in all, I'm really glad that I got the Time Capsule and I like that I now have a more secure, reliable and fast wifi network in my house. Oh, and I love that my Mac is always backed up without me even noticing it's happening (unless I'm doing a speed test, obvs!) as well. Buy it. Honestly, I know it's way expensive, but it really does just work. Life's too short to spend fixing wifi issues. Yeah and it looks cool too.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent range & speed

    I thought about upgrading my VirginMedia advanced wifi hub (100MB+ line) to this, when I finally did, I wish I had done it earlier! The range & speed on this device for my MacBook Retina, MacBook Air, iPads etc is amazing.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Time capsule 2Tb

    Another excellent Apple product, I needed a seamless back up solution and fix to months of wireless woes. 10 minutes after unpacking it I was up and running and performing my initial back up from my new iMac.
    It also solved my wi fi problems, neighbouring wi fi routers were making air space very limited and I frequently had annoying drop out with problems reconnecting, now I have a 5 Ghz multi channel connection which is very quick and very reliable.
    The Time Capsule looks uber cool and runs silently, just as well as it is in the bedroom just a few feet away from my head on the bed side units!
    An excellent and very worthwhile purchase!

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    It set itself up! Didn't have to do anything to it, just plugged it into my Mac and Ethernet port. Super fast, and I can create a guest network. Highly recommend.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Time Capsule, and Extreme-Set-Up Is Just Too Easy

    I've been sitting on an Airport Extreme for half a year not wanting to update all the devices on our system. (9-Apple TV units, 1 smart TV, 7 Airport Express units driving speakers & printers, and 4 Nest CO & Smoke detectors, and one nest Thermostat).....

    Decided to plug in the Tall extreme and do it tonight...

    Guess what? Set-up was only one step....

    1) Plug it in, and Airport Utility asked, "Do you want to replace Airport Extreme (flat) with Airport Extreme (tall).." ...... I typed "yes", and in about 3 minutes it said.... Connect cables from Air port Extreme (flat) to Airport Extreme (tall) and showed me a picture of both units onscreen...... and it said.... "transferring settings"...........

    I made the ethernet cable switch from the old extreme to the new extreme, , and I didn't have to touch another device on my network..... Easy, easy, easy........ And while my Airport Extreme (flat) would often drop devices off the network, and I had to reboot them.... The new (tall) Airport Extreme handles them all, and I am back to running sound to all the speakers in the house that are connected to Airport Express (current generation) units...

    Wow... too easy!

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    I've had this for two and a half years. Have never had a problem with it. Does what it is supposed to do. Don't think I've ever had to even re-boot it. Would buy it again.

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Top of the line!

    Went into my local electronics store looking for a new router. I went over to the shelf and picked up a high-end wireless router ($300) Walked over to look at the apple stuff. Started talking to the Apple attended on staff at the store. He informed me that Apple also has a wireless router that is easier to set up And very user-friendly with AC technology ( The latest Wireless Technology) . I certainly did not know this! ( Apple needs to advertise this more) I also was informed for the same manufacturers price of other high-end wireless router! Apple offers a high-end wireless router with a 2 TB hard drive for back ups. I was very interested in this because we own two MacBook Pros with retina display. I purchased the Apple airport time capsule took it home to set it up. The set up was so very easy! From unboxing the airport Time capsule to completion was only 7 minutes! I was totally blown away with the AC Wi-Fi range! I'm getting double the wi-Fi distance that I was used to!! Thank You Apple for simplifying our lives! Keep up the great work!!

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Time Capsule to the Rescue!

    I have had an time capsule for a very long time (flat type) I bought a new 2 TB air port time capsule in January great wireless On The 31st I backed up my 2011 mac book pro for the first time (company issued) The 500 gig hard drive failed on Feb 7th with 270 gig of important files plus pictures from a 35 year anniversary trip I restored my mac book pro from the time capsule ( new 500gig SSD installed) in less than two hours like the hard drive never failed . Great Product !!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Life Saver!

    I've had my AirPort Time Capsule backing up my 6 year old iMac for 3+ years. It provides great wireless networking throughout my home and when my iMac's hard drive failed EVERYTHING was backed up! When my new iMac arrived it migrated all data to the new system during the setup process without a hiccup! A real lifesaver since precious photographs are stored on this device which I feared we may have lost. I will definitely purchase another!

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost three years and no problems

    I bought this to replace an Airport Express in 2014 and so far so good. No problems whatsoever. No dead spots in my 2 story bungalow, although signal is not that strong outside. Still a good product.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router - Range is terrific

    Our home is about 4K sq ft...perfect range throughout!!! This even gives a nice signal around the perimeter of our home! Very impressed.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A bit pricy but it just works

    Bought this to replace my netgear router several years ago. Quiet, fast, and so far, reliable. Seemless switching between 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz. Very easy setup. No issues with WiFi dropouts on connected devices. Good strong signal. Use it as the base station for my home network talking to multiple Airport Expresses placed around the house. Have a USB hub connect driving 4 additional USB network drives. No issues recognizing the drives. Only issue I've had is when the internet goes down it sometimes doesn't find one of the Airport Expresses when the internet comes back up. Restarting the affected Airport express resolves the issue. Bought a 2nd one as a spare after Apple announced they were stopping further development. Very satisfied.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nothing compares

    I have tried many wireless routers and nothing compares to the time capsule. Amazingly easy setup, outstanding reliability, and if that isn't enough it also backs up you're Mac automatically everyday. Is it a little pricey? Yes. I'd pay double the price to not deal with the headache of other routers that have to be unplugged and reset constantly. Another amazing product by Apple!!!!

    7 of 7 people found this useful