• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Some Issues, but Mostly Fine

    I am about to purchase a 2nd one of these 3TB models to replace a 12 year old 2TB b/g/n Time Capsule (older generation). You read that right, I got 12 years out of the old model before it completely died (no lights, although it always ran hot)! The server-grade hard drive from the dead unit was transferred to a small USB 3.0 case so I can continue to use it although I've been informed that mechanical hard drives really should only be reliable for "5 years". So… I'm buying another 3TB to replace the "dead" older generation 2TB unit.

    The 3TB model I currently own HAS been problematic, but once I get it all configured I have no problems until I do certain "management" functions through AirPort Utility. The issue with my CURRENT 3TB unit is that there is a problem reading the settings. I don't know if there is defective memory in the unit or what, but you get into a continuous loop of "Reading Settings" and "Enter Password". I've found that turning off "Back to my Mac" and "Send Diagnostics to Apple" helps get things going, but trying to update the firmware has ALWAYS been an issue (and I'm a fairly technical guy!). I jump through hoops resetting, reconfiguring, trying this and that until it finally works! Then I leave it alone without issue!

    So… why am I buying another one?? I like the design, I'm familiar with it's operation, and when it works, it works! Hopefully this new one will not have the issues my current 3TB Time Capsule has!!

    A few pointers as I read through these reviews:

    If you want faster data transfer rates for big backups and restores, CONNECT WITH AN ETHERNET CABLE!!! WiFi is MUCH SLOWER than a good hardwired ethernet connection!!

    Secondly, we own two homes next to each other and have one ISP internet connection, so in order to have Ethernet cable connectivity "next door", we "Extend" our primary network with the use of a second Time Capsule physically located in the second building. The point is: "Extending" a network when you DON'T need to (read: when the signal strength is adequate everywhere you need it around your home) slows the WiFi down. There is a lot of extra overhead when two Time Capsules are talking to each other wirelessly. Don't "Extend" unless you really need to!

    Thirdly, one idiot said his "range" was so poor that he had a better signal from his neighbors unlocked WiFi 650 feet away. Don't believe that for a second. Either the guy is lying, or he is woefully poor at judging distance! WiFi transmission issues can be fixed by finding a better spot for the base station AND heeding the guidelines when troubleshooting. READ THE MANUAL!!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Back up process is very slow.

    I have bought 3TB one . I have used at the beginning then I have stopped using because of very slow buck up . It has HDD memory thats why it’s very slow
    But idea and design is awesome. But it doesn’t work as expected

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the best Apple product ever made

    I have an older 1TB Time Capsule that has always (6+ years) performed perfectly. We have several MacBooks in the house and it had no problem keeping up with them but over time did not have the capacity to backup everything on every MacBook. Bought the 3TB to resolve the problem. It worked fine for about a month. Now, nothing on my system can ever find it for a backup. EVER. The only way to locate this steaming pile is to go and unplug it and them plug it back in. It works great as a gateway, no complaints there but when it quits working as a backup, there is no indication there is a problem. I was running along dumb and happy thinking all was well until I noticed I didn't have a backup for 3 months. This has occurred across multiple OS cycles (I always run the latest) with no improvement. I now back up my main computer using the old 1TB TC. I only use the 3TB for a gateway and for manual backups of the remains computers in the house - which always requires a reboot. It looks like this problem has been around since at least 2015. Sad comment on Apple's performance.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Range

    This product has terrible performance. its range is sketchy at best 50 feet from the base station. Apple better get on the stick with a software update to fix this or they will be getting a lot of returns. the funny thing, I find it easier to jump on my neighbors belkin wifi guest network and their house is 650-750 away!

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Six years of networking reliability

    Work from home; need a backup wireless access point which functions every day. This is it. Six years with no issues; period.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Huge signal, amazing reliability

    I'll preface this by saying I am a software engineer and have decades of experience with networking hardware both at home and in commercial settings. I have owned many NAT devices, switches, routers, wireless access points etc. My device before this one was an Asus WRT router running a version of Tomato USB that I customized and sported 3rd part high gain antennae that I added.

    That said, this is probably my favorite device for 3 reasons:
    1 - It has remained up and working for months at a time, which means my wife is not asking me to fix the wifi all the time any more.
    2 - We have 7 macs in our house, and they all get backed up all the time, because TimeCapsule and TimeMachine work so well.
    3 - For the first time, every nook and cranny of our 2 story house has strong signal; with one of these.

    6 iOS devices.
    7 Macs.
    2 Apple Watches.
    2 AppleTVs.
    3 kids watching Netflix in HD.
    ~14 Homekit wifi devices (outlets, switches, blinds, popit buttons).

    Can't tell at all they're not all hardwired.

    Computer back up is so well solved I never want to mess with another solution.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    Purchased in April 2014 and has worked superb. I have retrieved data from it numerous times and it has not failed me. Since nothing last forever, I also keep another back-up for when the time capsule fails.(For those of you that rely on only one back-up, loss of data will happen to you some day.)

    What has motivated me to write a review has been the performance of the router. It also has worked great for me. I have a 2 story home with about 1/2 acre and I am able to use my WiFi anywhere on my property without any problem. I recently upgraded with my cable company and included in the bundle package that I got from them was the latest and greatest "lightening fast" panoramic WiFi. The Time capsule WiFi has been faster in every "speed test" that I have performed.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best wifi & backup system I've ever used!

    One year and going strong.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete Craaaaaaaapppp

    The whole point having a backup is that you should be able to restore it when you need it and when it comes to restore it tells me the it will take 36hrs to restore 210 gb of data. Come on give me a break Apple. Never expected this from Apple.

    Hey Apple, Give me my money back and take your product back. Do you think you can do that? Are you that honest to give money back to all the people?

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Yet another failure

    We had a hot spell in the SF Bay area, and with no A/C my time capsule ended up cooking itself. The hard drive failed, and then I kept getting flaky wifi performance. Was going to replace with an airport extreme, but the poor reviews have me thinking I need a different solution. Perhaps time to go to a mesh network.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    4 Years Later

    No issues. One restore from disk image and perhaps 5 times retrieval of lost file. As a router it has also worked flawlessly.
    We have very slow and spotty net access and so are not moving to the cloud soon.
    I hope time Capsule is supported for some time to come.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Seriously, Do Not Buy

    I guess I'm one of the lucky ones cuz it took a whopping 2.5 years for mine to fail. And when (not if) this product fails, Apple will do absolutely nothing to help you recover your data. I don't understand what happened to Apple over the past 3-5 years. I actually still have my first generation time capsule that is functional, yet slower and only 500GB. Like others have noted, this newer version is just designed to break down. The Wifi setup is also not intuitive, it can give you a green light and tell you everything is fine, yet there is no functioning internet...I end up randomly changing different settings until it works.

    I understand some may just want to get it in hopes of a seamless Apple ecosystem, as well as to do backups wirelessly. So if you must, I highly recommend just getting an Airport Extreme and using the extra money to get a reliable external hard drive that you can hook up via USB cable. You could also go for the cheaper 2TB Time Capsule, but note that once the hard drive fails, you also won't be able to recognize anything attached via USB. All in all, none are ideal options. The only reason I haven't totally given up is because it is nice to have my iTunes library always available on the wifi system for my Sonos speakers, but I'd imagine every single alternative solution is better than Apple's offering right now. Seriously, do not buy.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport. Boxy, but good.

    I went through six routers before settling on this one. Range is decent, but stable in my experience. Backups are effortless. Set it and forget it, with peace of mind that my data is stored to a separate drive. Works very well in an Apple echo system, although I do have some 3rd party wireless devices connecting to it without issue. (for example, and old desktop PC workstation, with a TP-Link wireless adapter).

    Aesthetically pleasing (as far as routers go).

    Not recommended for those that like to tinker, or have more granular control of the settings.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best solution for my apartment.

    I live in a apartment full of thick concrete walls. Only with this device i was able to have setup a one big and strong wifi network all along the the house. Additional the two tera for backup are great. Setup was amazing simple!

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Overheating Note

    This is an expensive item. Up to now it has worked good. I have started having problems backing up automatically and now Im getting a note that it is overheating. Still working but the green light won't come on and I get the blinking amber light. Not sure what to do with it. Not sure what to do for a replacement. I see on the reviews that this is an issue. Shouldn't be happening on an Apple product that you pay a premium price for.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Brilliant

    I've been using a 3TB Airport Time Capsule for backups for 3 years.

    It's easy to set up and just takes care of business in the background which is exactly what you need a backup system to do.

    I have used it twice for full system restores to recover after a dodgy software installation and to ensure my Mac was virus free after being exposed to potential malware. The whole restore process was simple and easy to do although it is quite slow to complete ( eg 20+ hours to restore 1TB ).

    I would also really like to see Apple enhance the product in five ways:

    (1) Add support for mirrored drives inside the Airport Time Capsule so the data in the Airport Time Capsule is protected.

    (2) Increase the capacity of the Airport Time Capsule so I can more conveniently use it as a remote disk.

    (3) Add the ability to copy the Time Machine data to an external backup disk for offsite storage.

    (4) Enable iTunes to seamlessly offload multimedia content from a Mac to an Airport Time Capsule.

    (5) Provide more user control over the timing and retention of snapshots and restore points.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broken Fan after 14 months caused overheating.

    I bought my time capsule 14 months ago. Product was fine except for intermittent dropped wireless connections. The reason I am giving it 1 star is that the fan broke after only 14 months (just out of warranty), and the unit started overheating. Most importantly, there are many reports online of overheating and fan failures. If I felt like my experience was just bad luck, I would give a higher rating on the assumption that it was just a bad unit. The bottom line is that I paid $399 plus tax for a product that lasted just over a year. Stay away from this one.

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  • 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 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

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  • 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 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.

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  • 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 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.

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