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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    Ultra-fast 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 lead

    Tech Specs

      Size and Weight

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

  • 2.5 Average
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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

      170 of 186 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

      120 of 130 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

      107 of 121 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

      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 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

      • Written by Chyuan Tse J T from Hillsdale

      Is this review useful?Awesome

    • 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 extremel 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.

      • Written by KEITH K from Highlands Ranch

      Is this review useful?Easy Setup - No Issues

    • 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 sw 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.

      • Written by Gordon L from San Jose

      5 of 6 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?When it subtly fails, you won't notice until too late.

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