• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WARNING Do not buy this product

    It is likely that this product will only last for a year or two, then it will start overheating and die. Mine lasted about 14 months. Reading the forums and reviews, turns out this is a pretty common problem and I could have avoided the disappointment if I had just taken the warnings. Think about this for a second before buying one: This is a product for back up with a high likelihood of malfunction.

    To add insult to injury Apple offers you to buy a new one for $255 instead of $299 when your first one breaks down.

    20 of 23 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful

    This is the first apple product I have ever bought that doesn't cooperate with all of my other apple products. If iPhone and iPad backup can be made on iCloud, how come it is unavailable on Time Capsule?!?! Why can I not save my most important data like documents, photos, movies on time capsule HDD and share them with my other devices? Why there are so many limited options for this product?

    To sum up: high price for a pretty product with poor and limited possibilities. I cannot understand why they don't implement simple software to their own products.

    Apple please make apple great again and start doing software right.

    30 of 43 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrrible

    Fails to work with my existing cable modem, purchased it last year to automatically back up my iMac computer, sadly it needs to go. Total waste of money and investment. Why can't Apple make it right w these airport time capsules is beyond me but its sad to have loyal customer be constantly disastified with their products, especially rubbish like this

    34 of 53 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Eh?

    I have mixed emotions about this. It does my backups just fine but as a WiFi router my old sysco router runs circles around this. Since I've hooked this up streaming movies on my TV from other apps it won't show them in HD due to bandwidth. Either that or it just buffers constantly. I never had these issues with my old router. I guess if it isn't broke. Don't try and fix it. I wanted to love this but it frustrates me in times where I really want it to work.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disapointed

    Bought the new time capsule when I up graded desk top and lap top. Unit is very disapointing. My mobile devices constantly fall off the wifi and I must re boot to frequently to re establish connectivity. Using the time capsule, the unit also looses the ip of the desk top (hard wired to it) and the lap top pro. You get one back up and then you must reboot the device and modem. Hate it, have re connected my old airport (works like a charm) and will be throwing this time capsule in the bin,

    27 of 40 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Did I really just buy a $300 router?

    To the best of my knowledge this device has literally NO way to access the hard drive. For anyone who, you know, actually wanted to use any of the 2TB hard drive. No way to back up my iPhone, Or iPad. Apple, you have to be kidding me? The only thing this product does is work with time machine to back up my macbook. Which is nice, but I can do that with a much less expensive external hard drive, that actually functions as an external hard drive. I didn't even investigate beforehand to see if these things were possible, because I thought it was just common sense. So disappointed in this product.

    21 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty terrible

    If you like products that fail a lot due to development negligence, this purchase is for you. Geniuses at the Apple store are extremely far from their label. One asked why I would try to use an old Mac Mini as a Time Capsule. Geniuses these days are glorified hipsters getting through school and born again coffee connoisseurs... but all of this is besides the point. Please don't purchase this product if the majority of your intent is to store data. You will lose it. Twice I have lost it. And twice, the geniuses have had no solution and STILL try to sell me a $2000 metal computer in place of a Time Capsule. I'm moving on to Seagate. Stick to desktop computers, Apple.

    36 of 60 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't connect - extend existing network

    Wanted this to store my music to access wirelessly, but it won't join my existing network, forces you to create a new network. I don't need a new network.

    29 of 46 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.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A beautiful piece of trash

    I am very disappointed with the quality of a $300 device! It makes sound like a device from the 60's.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Saved my bacon (twice)

    Has to be said, these Time Capsules are invaluable when all else fails. Although 99.9% of the time, your mac book will be stable and problem free, when a Macbook dies it dies hard. For example, just spent the last 22 hours restoring a full backup (which was taken automatically earlier the same morning), after my Macbook Pro failed to restart after installing the Sierra update and booted into command line. Without the Time Capsule I would be heartbroken right now.
    This is the second time the TimeCapsule has saved my life. My first Macbook Pro was STOLEN! Another situation when your TimeCapsule will save your life too. JUST MAKE SURE YOU HAVE BACKUPS BEFORE DOING UPDATES, AND A SPARE DAY TO RESTORE IT !

    12 of 13 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing device from Apple

    Constantly issuing "Backup Verification" messages and starting backups over, I can't recommend this device after a few years of use. In addition, BTM has never worked reliably, and expect a restore to take weeks over Wi-fi for a 200GB backup. But hey, it's a great router!

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A bit disappointed in the performance.

    I purchased one of these to replace an AirPort Express when I moved into a larger apartment, as the Express was only 802.11n and was having some trouble reaching the back bedrooms. In the 2 & 1/2 years I owned the Express I never once had an issue or had to do a thing to it. I can't say the same about the Time Capsule. I keep running into issues where my devices show full Wi-Fi signal strength but webpages or whatever won't load. Once I restart the Time Capsule the issue fixes itself for a few days but then it re-appears and I have to restart again.

    In addition, the range isn't what I expected. My place is only about 1100 square feet but I'm still having trouble getting a good signal in areas furthest from the router. This may be due to the construction of my building (I'm on the 30th floor of a high-rise, so it's all steel and concrete), but like I said, my place isn't that large.

    As far as the time machine backup portion goes, that seems to work okay. I have not had any issues.

    13 of 16 people found this useful