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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    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

  • 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

      209 of 220 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

      176 of 193 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

      163 of 183 people found this useful

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

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Not like other Apple products

      A little over a year old and this device is on the verge of being completely unusable. Power cycles and needs to be reset multiple times a day in order to work A little over a year old and this device is on the verge of being completely unusable. Power cycles and needs to be reset multiple times a day in order to work for about 20 minutes to an hour before repeating the process. Time capsule backups are more of a joke than a functional piece of this device. Between unable to connect or unable to locate disk, it becomes a hassle to back up your device, which was why I purchased this over an express in the first place. I own multiple Apple devices and wanted to bring them all together, however this was a mistake. Also, Apple care is not an option for this device as it has to piggy back off another product (Apple TV, iMac, MacBook, etc.) and out of warrant replacement/repair is $250. I will definitely be looking elsewhere for a replacement, and would not recommend this Apple product.

      • Written by Nicholas C from Jacksonville

      Is this review useful?Not like other Apple products

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Great Product!

      I see many people leaving bad reviews but my experience has been much different. It has worked flawlessly for the past 3 years I've had it. I have hardly ever h I see many people leaving bad reviews but my experience has been much different. It has worked flawlessly for the past 3 years I've had it. I have hardly ever had to reboot and it works great. Granted I wish the USB drive was 3.0 but who cares. Love this product. Q

      • Written by Bert D from Fort Myers

      Is this review useful?Great Product!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Best router for Apple products! (I am addicted to buying routers).

      I bought a Linksys AC2200 model ea8300 with it's try-band 2.2 Gbit mumimo technology etc. It came with a free Linksys modem. Well its going back. I own a premiu I bought a Linksys AC2200 model ea8300 with it's try-band 2.2 Gbit mumimo technology etc. It came with a free Linksys modem. Well its going back. I own a premium Asus router, Nighthawk (Netgear), TP-Link's Alfred, and about 3-4 other (premium) routers. Every time I go back to my AirPort Extreme 2TB I bought last fall. It's the fastest, most reliable, and works the best with my apple products. I recently bought an Airport Express because I heard Apple wasn't going to make them anymore. I plugged that in as an "extender" on my 3rd floor and BAM now those slow/spotty areas I used to have are GONE. Apple is the biggest company in the world for a reason. Their products are the best. I keep looking for more "security" but its all JUNK on the other big name routers. I have tried Pfsense and if you wanted a really good firewall thats all you need (just the software). I use Little Snitch once in a white. But again these AirPort Extreme;s are AWESOME!

      • Written by Brent J from Duryea

      2 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Best router for Apple products! (I am addicted to buying routers).

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