• 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 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.

    185 of 193 people found this useful

  • 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 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.

    152 of 165 people found this useful

  • 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 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

    142 of 157 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This is junk

    I hooked up my brand new Time Capsule and my Time machine took 24 hours to give me a disk error message. It is not as good a router as my AirPort extreme, so I disconnected it. I found that Apple has a 14 day return policy! Who does that? Is it even legal? I am disabled so this entire process was difficult, considering all of the set-up. Then I had to reverse the process to watch my Apple TV, etc. Everything about this purchase has been screwed up.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DOES NOT JOIN EXISTING NETWORKS - RUBBISH!

    The new TC doesn't join existing networks. I only found this out when I opened the box and read the instructions. I already have an old 2TB version and expected this to work just the same . Rubbish concept. I am NOT going to plug this into my decent and excellent third party router and change over 3x iPhones, 3x iPads, 2x MacBook Airs, 2x ATVs, one additional speaker and an iMac because Apple decided to mess around with the specifications of originally an excellent concept.

    50 of 61 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beware of disk failures

    this is my 2nd TC device. Each has failed in the first two years. The disk died on my present device after 1 year. I have one of almost every apple product which mostly work well. But I think this device seems to be flawed. And of course working with apple stores to get it replaced is a real pain. I would recommended a NAS or OS X server solution instead.

    41 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    not to recommend

    After 2 years my TC 2TB stopped to boot/work. Seems that the HD got some problems so the wifi part will also stop to work. Apple takes a huge amount of money for repair and I have the feeling this product is not made for 24/7 use.
    Buy a "normal" airport and use standard backup solutions. I still see a point using airport as a router especially if you want to extend your network, but the use of time capsule is just wasted money.
    // a very disappointed user

    42 of 47 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.

    30 of 33 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 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.

    32 of 40 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.

    26 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wouldn't recommend

    Love Apple, love Apple products. I've been using them professionally and personally pretty much my whole life. I believe that I haven't felt the level of frustration and disappointment with another single product, not only with Apple, but with much of the technology I use. The AirPort Time Capsule has failed on many different levels and now the hard drive has died. The throughput on it has pretty much killed my fast Internet connection. Now, I've wasted many hours troubleshooting a failed hard drive . . . hard drives fail . . . it happens. But, it seems to have happened to so many people, I have to question Apple's choice of hardware they put inside it. We pay a premium to buy Apple product, we expect more. Not only has it failed, it's virtually impossible to get to the drive to replace it. It's slowly becoming a $300 paperweight . . . steer clear of this one. Apple, shame on you!

    31 of 40 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!

    23 of 25 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

  • 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.

    27 of 34 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!

    20 of 20 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!

    25 of 31 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

    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.

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  • 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.

    20 of 22 people found this useful