• 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.

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup - and reliable

    I have used Apples Time Capsule for now many years in an extended network. Wanted to replace my first model recently, even if it still works flawlessly. But I needed a bigger harddrive, and replacing the capsule was no sweat at all. Hope that Apple will continue to develop and produce capsules and routers.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfection in every aspect

    I have virgin fibre optic internet service and used to use their super hub 2. Speed was never reaching the limit I'm paying for 200MB/s unless connect via Ethernet. Also wifi signal kept dropping at least once every two days. Also the signal never reached the entire house. A year ago I went for a new MacBook and bought this baby just to use it as a back up drive and thinking the wifi signal would not be different , never been so delighted to be wrong. This router solved all the aforementioned problems and now my wifi connection is perfect : reaching maximum speed I pay for (when checked with Speedtest app or website) and stays max even if far from the router. A year down the line and I have not had a single occasions of dropping signals!!! The signal is strong anywhere in the house and the backup function for the MacBook is a breeze ( runs in the background without affecting the wifi signal in anyway)

    If you are thinking about a new router/ hub with additional back up feature then look no further. Worth every penny and money well spent!!

    P.S the same poor performance noticed with Virgin Superhub 3 when recently upgraded my speed to 300Mb, I now believe these hubs supplied by your ISP is designed in a way to limit the service you get but customers never get informed about this !!!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works for me

    I have had this tallish white tower sitting by our Mac for a year and a half. We are average users in ComputerLand and run a Roku . I have had nothing but great performance from our Apple device. It performs backup to the Mac just as scheduled and Wi-Fi signal is strong though out our 1500 Sq Ft home. The ease of setting up the network was amazing. I have a friend who this past weekend attempted to install a new Wi-Fi device and has yet to get it to work properly...I just don't get it. Apparently it is not as easy as the AirPort. We haven't had any of the issues mentioned in the reviews, just flawless performance. And on top of all that, it looks pretty cool too.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it BUT

    I too love this, the set up was simple and it works seamlessly on back ups, however, as another reviewer said, I have done a lot of research as I was told by the Sales guy at JOHN LEWIS in the UK that this could be sited in another room even hidden, not so, it does have to be hardwired to the hub which is on the desk in the office in full view!

    4 of 4 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 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth it.

    This device will last 2 years TOPS. Apple does not provide a repair service. Once one of the fans goes out and it starts overheating, you either have to buy a new one (not worth it) or look into alternatives. For something so pricey, I expected it to last longer. The term 'durability' does not seem to be on Apple's agenda. What a waste.

    27 of 30 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

    Fabulous buy

    I bought an Airport Time Capsule 2 TB after a nightmare with Western Digital hard drive ( avoid at all cost as they are bad news ) so I did what I should have done in the first place is to bug an Apple product, they are reliable very well made and designed easy set up 5 minutes and that's it I do recommend don't buy anything else as the cheapest is always the most expensive and the best one( Apple ) but they are expensive but you buy quality

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Back up a lifetime’s worth of memories until product dies.

    I have long been a supporter and purveyor of Apple products. However, The 2TB Time Machine product provides a false sense of security as Apple's marketing leads you to believe that this device "saves a lifetime's memories."

    After purchasing the Time Machine in May 2014, I have used this device to store family photos, music and to backup countless work files as I am self employed. The product has seemingly worked great, until I purchased a new 17' mac desktop. I simply wanted to upload my items onto my new computer and come to find out the device reports it is overheating. This is a first for me.

    Upon taking it to the Apple Store, I was told by the Genius Bar that the device simply stopped working and they could sell me the same model for a $50. While I appreciate the discount, the item offered is the exact same product with the exact same deficiencies. This is not OK. This is not what Steve Jobs would have done.

    Bottom line, after less than 3 years of utilizing the product, it is dead in the water, and everything that I had stored is now gone.
    Do not buy this product as backup, as there is no guarantee that it will be there from you when you need it.

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Newer should be better, faster, stronger??

    I had the older flat square Airport Extreme w/no hard drive for storage & that was great, no issues, never a problem, great connection & reception strength always full bars on all devices. I live in a 2 story condo which isn't very large, normal size 1300 square feet & the old Extreme handled it beautifully.

    This newer version although works fine I thought I'd have this killer speed boost & performance would just be off the charts!!?? But uhh no, not any better in fact sometimes worst than the old version. Youtube videos are a great tester & on my Apple TV & MBP w/touchbar the video's load somewhat slower than I thought, still the spinning wheel??

    I was expecting much better

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Turns itself off while you're using it.

    I constant walk to the router to start it up again.

    Good for 20 feet of wifi, beyond that not so good.

    Storage is more than adequate.

    Easy to recovery lost photos , documents. etc.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Catastrophic packaging design! Why don't they warn customers in the store?

    I was standing and holding the package when opening it for the first time. I had no idea it was designed so bad, that when the top comes off the device just falls out of the bottom part. It fell to the floor into pieces. Nice job Apple

    7 of 28 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.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lots of problems

    Terrible. The Wifi connection would always drop out.

    I'm now just using it for back-up, connected directly to my iMac, but suspect because the product is a couple of years old now, that its probably close to dying.

    Its simply another branded router in Apple casing. Apple really needs to improve in this area.

    Once, when you purchased an Apple product - "It just worked"

    Now..... ???

    1 of 2 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!

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless almost immediately for storage; great as a (not needed) router

    In support of another reviewer who wrote: "The network visibility suddenly went away, leaving both backup and now restore without function. Absolutely frustrating device, stay away." I am having the exact same issue. The Airport Time Capsule is not visible, via Utilities --> Airport. I have tried plugging it in, reconnected the cords. Futile. It does not work wirelessly to back up and it no longer works. Period. 3TB of unused storage. $$$ down the tubes. Bravo Apple. Another useless product in my living room. Exasperating!

    26 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad by design

    Be aware - device will last 2 years, then start overheating and you are done. I'm not a first one and you will be next. Apple do not provided any service or repair for this device. Best you can - 15% discount for new one. No another complains.

    33 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Device not visible anymore, restore impossible

    One of the worst Apple products I owned.
    The network visibility suddenly went away, leaving both backup and now restore without function.

    Absolutely frustrating device, stay away.

    28 of 35 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